I love my coffee! You can ask anyone and they will tell you how much I love coffee. My favorite thing in the morning is to have a big cup of coffee while I do my bible study and pray. My point in telling you why I love coffee, is this. There is a debate over Starbucks coffee going on right now. We don't have cable, but we do have internet, so I see everything about this debate over coffee.
I loved my eggnog lattes that Starbucks had. I waited all year long for them to come out, usually around Thanksgiving time, and I would drink those like crazy.
But as we began our new walk with Yeshua, I began to look over the commandments, and I wanted to get rid of anything that was not honoring him. As I read the first and second commandments, it says,
3 "You shall have no other gods before me."
4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments! Exodus 20:3-6
As I ordered my eggnog latte and began to drink it, looking down at the Ishtar Goddess I began to think. Wow, I am drinking a cup of coffee that has a Pagan Goddess on there front cover. Is this following his commandments? I believe that drinking from something that has a Pagan god on it or anything else that they sell should make us run the other way not debate what color the cups should be.
I try and follow his commandments each day. How can I follow his commandment and read his word and pray in the morning as I am drinking my coffee that has a pagan god on it?
Ishtar was the goddess of love, war, fertility, and sexuality.
Ishtar was the daughter of Anu. She was particularly worshipped in northern Mesopotamia, at the Assyrian cities of Nineveh, Ashur and Arbela (Erbil).
I could no longer drink or support Starbucks. If I was truly trying to follow Yeshua, how could I? I had to go through many of my things and get rid of anything that had to do with Starbucks. Which included my husband favorite coffee cup and many pounds of coffee. I feel so much better knowing that when I am sitting down talking and reading his word and drinking my coffee that I am not making him jealous. I want to be pleasing to my Yeshua that saved me!
I have since learned to make an amazing eggnog latte!