There’s not enough superglue in the world to make these mixed-up priorities stick.
If you click around Twitter or spend any time consuming media content, you’ll see two people groups quickly forming. While millions celebrated the draft opinion indicating the U.S. Supreme Court will likely overturn the precedent set in 1973 by Roe v. Wade, granting nationwide legal coverage to abortion, others violently protested it.
And then there was Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell, who superglued his rear end to a counter at a New York City Starbucks to protest the coffee company for charging customers extra for milk alternatives in their drinks.
Cromwell’s bizarre demonstration was live-streamed by PETA. The “L.A. Confidential” star argued Starbucks is committing an egregious sin by up-charging milk alternatives because real milk is bad for the environment, an act of “violence” against animals, and a form of discrimination because lactose intolerance is more common among ethnic minorities.
He decried the Seattle-based brand for “penalizing people for their ethnicities, their morals.”
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The behavior exhibited by Cromwell — who was thankfully able to remove his pasted posterior from the counter without injury — is a microcosmic example of just how twisted our cultural priorities have become.
While this is certainly a silly example, it paints a hard-to-deny picture of our sinful human nature.
In the New Testament book of Luke, Christians are encouraged to value the things of eternity, to prioritize our passions, investments, concerns, and values in alignment with Scripture because “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34, CSB).
Even more explicitly, in the Old Testament book of Micah, it’s revealed that a byproduct of our salvation ought to be that we “act justly,” “love faithfulness,” and “walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8, CSB).
It’s hard to overstate our collective failure to properly prioritize the things that matter most.
How is it someone like Cromwell can muster up enough anger and zeal to glue himself to a counter at Starbucks over the cost of oat milk but fail to see the horror of killing an innocent, unborn child through abortion?
Of course, there are many millions of people who oppose abortion. When you believe life begins at conception — as Scripture affirms — it is difficult to see any issue more fundamental and basic than abortion. As HBO’s Bill Maher recently explained, if abortion is akin to murder, then that trumps a woman’s “right,” because murder is not a “right” that should be afforded to anyone (Exodus 20:13). Maher is certainly not pro-life, but he understands and seems to respect the view.
As for the Supreme Court, the justices are expected to release their official opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization sometime before summer. As it stands now, it appears they will overturn Roe.
The takeaway here is this: As Christians, we are called to be in the world, but not of the world. Our priorities should be driven by God’s Word, which tells us we are all made in His image (Genesis 1:27), have innate value (Matthew 10:31), and are precious and known by the Lord from the moment of conception (Psalm 139: 13-16).
In the New Testament book of Romans, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2, CSB).
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