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SUNDAY, FEB 17, 2013  |  5 comments  |  1 commentary
Are You Worshiping the Idol of 'Open Options'?

During a recent Starbucks visit, I stood behind a customer who ordered a decaf grande sugar-free vanilla nonfat latte with extra foam and the milk heated to 140 degrees. As I stood in line, I actually started to think, Maybe I want 140-degree coffee too. Maybe, I thought to myself, my choice of milk temperature up to this point has been catastrophically naive. Suddenly, his choices made me unhappier about my own. I began to covet. I wasn't sure what I wanted anymore. I became anxious and indecisive. I wasn't sure I was ready to commit—either to my kind of coffee or to his. Was this really freedom of choice, or slavery to it?

What if we take the same multiplicity of trivial options we have at Starbucks, and apply them to bigger questions: where we should work, where we should study, where we should live, whom we should marry, or whom we should worship? It seems that the more options we have, the ...


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Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Daniel B., well, there's only one Bible, the NASB and one way to interpret the Bible, Principles of Bible Interpretation. In fact there's only one way to do Church,
God's Only Plan for Doing Church
.

Many conservative Christians agree on these points, and that is why they have so little in common with Roman Catholics, Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses (PDF)--who have much more in common with each other than they do Christians.

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Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
If you're a Christian freelance writer hard up for ideas which impress CT editors, there's always the perennial "Are You Worshiping the Idol of [fill in the blank]?" trope.
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Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
The news item says:

"Even if we do commit, our culture then makes us feel dissatisfied with the choice we've made."

Sorry, our culture doesn't make us feel anything. Perhaps the problem is, one of the options not taken is taking responsibility. Don't blame the culture if you can't decide which flavor of coffee you want.

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Daniel B | North  Protected NameFind all comments by Daniel B
Why not have the " Starbucks " of choice. We the same choices when comes to the bible( 200+ flavors), church ( 1000's of flavors) and moral standards. So I guess we can call this the Starbucks age. I guess the Mormons are not all wrong we do becomes god sooner than we though because we decide what is right and wrong and what is best. Starbucks Community church that names just sounds like a good place to worship.
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Lady_Virtue | OKC  Contact via emailFind all comments by Lady_Virtue
It's quite ironic that "freedom of choice" is so enslaving.
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