I like McDonald’s coffee. When I do buy coffee at McDonald’s, I always order a large and then I ask for 5 creamers and 2 packets of Splenda.
There you have it. I confess. I am not ashamed, or afraid to admit it. That’s the way I drink it. I like it. I enjoy it. I think it tastes good.
When people tell me they like Starbuck’s coffee and they only drink it black, I don’t say anything. I don’t presume it to be my duty to tell them they are doing it wrong, that they are wasting their money, or that they don’t truly understand coffee. But for some unfathomable reason, let me tell someone I LIKE cream and Splenda in my McDonald’s coffee, and I often receive a lecture about where I can buy good coffee, or on how bad McDonald’s coffee is, or how that’s not the way you’re supposed to really drink coffee to enjoy it.
The truth of the matter is, I LIKE cream and Splenda in my McDonald’s coffee, so why can’t I just enjoy what I like without criticism, suggestions, or unsolicited advice?
I’m not perfect but I don’t tell people they should like blue if they like red. I don’t tell people they should like steak if they enjoy chicken. And I don’t tell people that they should drink Starbuck’s or any other brand or type of coffee if they happen to like McDonald’s coffee.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27 ESV
So God created man in His own image. But if that’s the case, why are we so different?
Well, the truth is, we’re not. But then, we are, and if that sounds contradictory or confusing, it really isn’t. In fact, it is quite simple. We are all the same in the opportunity we have to love God, and to serve Him. As a church elder explained to me recently, “God gives every man the same opportunity to love him and serve him irrespective of his skills or talents. Whether you are Einstein or a person with a 50 IQ, both have the same opportunity to serve Him.”
God expects us to all use that opportunity well. We don’t, of course, but that fact is not where we are different. We are different in the gifts, abilities, and talents God gives us. He who has received more in the way of these things is expected to do more in service to Him. Again, we don’t of course, but that doesn’t make us different.
That only makes us foolish.
Whether we are born in this country or another; whether we are male or female; no matter what our skin color is; no matter the shape of our eyes, the color or texture of our hair, or the language we speak; no matter the work we do, or the education we have, or haven’t, received; no matter if we like meat, or if we prefer vegetables; no matter if we prefer hot, dry climates, or cool, damp ones; in spite of all of these things, we are – each and every one of us – created in the image of God and are therefore the same. We are all, each and every one of us, provided with the same opportunity to love, serve, and glorify God.
All of the things I mentioned above are not differences of any significance to God. No two oak trees are exactly the same, no two daffodils are exactly the same, and no two eagles are exactly the same. And yet they are.
All human beings are created in the image of God. We are all the same. It is time we all stopped focusing on what we perceive as being major differences in people: Skin color; age; gender; ethnicity; language. These are not differences in God’s eyes. Where we need to focus our attention, and our hearts, is on the gifts, talents, and abilities God gave us and pray daily for guidance in using them to serve God and glorify His name.
When we begin doing that, this world will become more like the place God intended it to be when He created it, and less like the place evil has helped it become.
And people will stop criticizing me because I LIKE cream and Splenda in my McDonald’s coffee.