Fight the Good Fight

Fight the Good Fight



Here are today’s headlines:  Ukrainians Continue to Fight to Save Homeland; The Senate Voting to Protect the Choice of Mothers to Kill Their Babies; Inflation Soars; President Biden Continues to Restrict the Flow of Gas and Oil in Order to Change American’s Lifestyle Habits; and Actor James Cromwell Superglues his Hand to a Counter. Which of these does not seem like the others?  James Cromwell, known by many for co-starring with a pig in Babe, superglued his palm to a Starbuck’s counter in protest.  Standing with PETA,  Mr. Cromwell was protesting the chain’s insistence to charge more for non-dairy milk.  Here is what Mr. Cromwell had to say about his protest, "More than 13,000 customers have asked you. Now we’re asking: Will you stop charging more for vegan milk? When will you stop raking in huge profits while customers, animals and the environment suffer?  Your support is essential. We’re here to bring attention to the damage that charging extra money does for animals and the planet, and the people living on the planet."  Those are the words of a man passionate about being charged more for his vegan milk in his $6.00 coffee.  He went on to speak of the discrimination toward vegans and those that are lactose intolerant. The suffering that is happening to the animals who are forced to give up their milk, the environment (not sure of that connection), and to those Starbucks customers who have to pay extra (usually fifty cents extra but sometimes up to a dollar) is unconscionable. Mr. Cromwell, along with a friend, finally did something about this travesty when they superglued the palms of their one hand to the counter top and refused to move until they were heard.  Their protest ended up shutting down the Starbucks until the matter could be resolved (they freed their hands with knives after about thirty minutes and a threat by police of arrest).  
It is important that we be willing to stand up for what we believe in. Just as important, is that we believe in something worth fighting for.  I find it interesting that Mr. Cromwell was not fighting to end the cruelty to animals by stopping the flow of stolen milk, he was fighting the extra charge for non-dairy milk.  I do not drink coffee, but I wonder if there are not other coffee shops that do not charge extra for non-dairy milks?  How about bringing your own non-dairy milk?  Wouldn’t it be more effective to boycott Starbucks?  As I read the article I began to think it would be really cool if the way he freed his hand from the counter would be with non-dairy milk. But, alas, he had to pry it up with a knife.  I am not saying that every thing we care about has to have life or death consequences. Often the little inequities of life are worth bringing to light.  I am saying that in light of the world’s life and death struggles we should be careful that what you complain and protest about is important enough.  Your reputation and life’s legacy will be marked by what you choose to stand for.
Paul says in II Timothy 4:7,8, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.”  He fought the “good” fight.  Is what you are choosing to seek to change today, the “good” fight?  Are you willing to put your reputation and legacy on the line for an up charge on a cup of coffee or are you going to stand for that which can save lives?  Paul’s life was about the cross of Jesus.  If he was going to put his life on the line, and he did, it was going to be for something that would last for eternity.  You only have one voice, use it for something that truly matters.  Seek to hear, “Well done thou good and faithful servant” rather than “Non-dairy milk costs the same as milk now. We raised the cost of regular milk.”.




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