As I took the last sip of my coffee, my mouth was filled with coffee grounds. As a young person, I would have spit it out, being turned off by the texture, but as an adult, I look at it as a little extra caffeine to help get my day started. The truth of the matter is that some consider the caffeine in coffee a drug; of course, I don’t, it's just a tasty, warm, and delicious drink to start my day. A little coffee, and a lot of Jesus make for a great day. If it was a drug, do you think the grounds would make a difference? The bigger picture is the cup of coffee, with less emphasis on the grounds. When Jesus admonished the Pharisees, he related their hypocrisy to straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel. They would be careful to tithe on minor things like mint, dill and cumin, but neglect matters of justice, mercy and faithfulness. Much like me worrying about the grounds, but still swallowing the delicious coffee. You can also relate this to what’s going on it today’s society; issues of race, equality, and justice, are just symptoms of a bigger issue, rampant sin, and hearts not given over to God. We cannot repair these issues unless we submit to God, and follow his ways. The world must repent, and return to God; he is our only hope.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel! Matthew 23:23-24
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