Adventist Asks: Should I Say Grace in Starbucks?

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To pray or not to pray?
To pray or not to pray?
ADVENTIST WORLD — Seattle believer Joe Taza brought a troubling question to his Adventist friends on Facebook recently: should one say grace in Starbucks?

“I’m ordering and consuming food,” explained Joe. “But it still doesn’t feel right.”

Joe said that he is deeply grateful for coffee, though he feels terribly guilty about it. Also, he often orders the ham, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich, but removes the ham. “Still, the ham has touched my egg and cheese. Can I thank God for it?”

His Facebook friends rallied to him with advice, one helpfully suggesting that he can still bow his head in the coffee shop as a witness, but silently ask forgiveness instead of giving thanks. As of press time, Joe hasn’t yet found peace about the matter.

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  1. RicheeeRich

    Yes, Joe-you should always say “grace” before you consume anything. AS for removing the ham from your sandwich, I prefer to use a clean, white napkin to wipe away all ham residue. This way, I don’t have that after taste, you know what I mean? After seeing the current Starbucks coffee holiday cup, Your gonna need more that “Grace” to be thankful. Stay off the Devil’s ground-coffee grounds. Eat Little Debbies instead. They’re really Blessed!!

  2. Larry

    No where does it say in the Bible to bless your food before eating. However since Jesus said “it doesn’t matter what you eat, it just goes through your stomach and onto the ground” (declaring all food clean), those who can’t read or don’t believe what Jesus says, should offer a blessing before eating to absolve them selves and make clean (in their own eyes) the food they eat. They then can eat anything they want without feeling any guilt. It probably would be best if they blessed and thanked God for His greatest food creation, COFFEE, somehow He didn’t tell Ellen White about all the health benefits that science has discovered about coffee. Those super healthy Loma Linda oldsters would probably be living another 50 years longer.

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