Dear Christian in a coffee shop,
I love spending time in coffee shops. You do too don’t you?
I can’t think of any place I would rather be in to meet people and work ,than coffee shops. In fact as I write this, I am in one right now.
More than once a week I find myself meeting with someone over coffee or spending time working at a local shop. I’ve had some great meetings here. Meeting with people who are just incredible when you get to know them.
And it is great to see you here. It is great to see you there with a bible open. I’m just guessing that you are taking some time out of your day to get closer to God. There are few things I like more than seeing people grow with God. And I love that sometimes you meet with friends and you talk about church and challenge each other to grow.
I believe firmly that we need community. Whether you follow Jesus or not I believe everyone needs community and I love that you have found it with likeminded people who can challenge you to grow closer with God. Although we don’t know each other more than an occasional hello and short conversation, I am glad you are here with them.
It’s great to see you here.
The thing I think I love the most is meeting new people here. Meeting the staff and getting to know them a little. It’s pretty great when they see you and remember what you order most days and get it ready for you. Or when they ask what I do for work and they give me that unsure look when I say I am a pastor. Or the conversation that follows when they say “you don’t really look like a pastor,” like we are supposed to have a certain look. I love these people. And the people that come here to get coffee, I love them too, even though I don’t know them.
Getting coffee is why I come, but for me the community is why I stay.
I love it here.
But there are some things I don’t love.
I don’t love it when you get mad at the person serving you when they ask you to repeat your order because you were too busy talking on your cell phone when you got to the cash and there is a big line up behind you.
I don’t love it when you yell “What?” at the person who is handing you your drink.
I don’t love it when you speak about the people sitting in the shop in a loud and condescending voice. There is no reason for that, if you are upset that they have an extra chair at their table, you should just go over and talk to them and ask if you could use it.
I also don’t love it when you discuss with your friends in a voice the whole shop can hear your arguments about who is and isn’t going to hell.
The people here are people just like you. People who need love and hope, just like you or me.
Please stop behaving like a jerk.
And just because someone asks you to talk a little lower does not mean you are being persecuted and it is the end of days. It just means you are loud and obnoxious, and they cannot hear the person they are trying to talk to sitting in front of them.
Please stop. You are making us look bad. Actually you are making Jesus look bad.
Another Christian in a coffee shop
Disclaimer: If you feel this is written about you I am sorry. I am sorry, not because I may have hurt your feelings, but because you haven’t been told before that how you treat others is horrible. This isn’t really directed to anyone, but a composite sketch of many people I have encountered at local coffee shops in different cities. If you think it is you, maybe its God trying to tell you to take a look at how you behave and change.
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