In a world where communication is in ample supply, we still embrace the age-old meet up for coffee.
For me, I have to admit that most information is passed via text, email and social media. I’m a huge fan of technology and all the devices that come with it. This being said, I too enjoy some good ol’ cup of joe communiqué.
Throughout the centuries, face to face has always been the preferred method of communication. More so, when sharing large amounts of information. Even when considering the letters written to the early church, found in the New Testament. The small book of 2 John gives us a hint that even the apostles were a fan of sitting down to chat.
First, John speaks a few key truths about the Faith and loving one another, which is typical of John’s call by God and writing style. Then all of a sudden, he throws out “I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.” (1:12)
How cool is that? Instead of explaining all the details in a letter, it was preferable to speak with this woman in person. What did he want to tell her? Was the content too sensitive or personal to write in a letter? Was it just too much content, and his hand was getting tired from writing so much? Either way, it was important enough or had enough content, that it warranted a face to face discussion.
Today, the culturally relevant invitation to a face to face chat would be, “want to get a coffee sometime?” Of course, this has nothing to do with getting coffee and everything to do with a face-to-face relational moment, much like the one John was anticipating with this woman.
If this situation were to take place today, perhaps John would have been texting this woman? In western culture, John may have written the thirteenth verse like this: “I have a lot to tweet, but I don’t want to post that much info. Instead, let’s meet for coffee and speak face to face, so that we can have a good time chatting.“
Why is meeting for coffee culturally relevant?
*Original content taken from QuietMorningsWithHim.com post by Jeremy Norton: Why Meeting For Coffee is Really About Relationships – September 22nd, 2009