Little Things Count but Pick Your Battles Wisely
During every Christmas season since 1997 the Starbucks corporation has been practicing the tradition of serving their coffee in red cups that are decorated with some sort of wintry design such as snowflakes. But to the dismay of many, this year’s red cup is simply just plain red; no difference really from the one used the rest of the year which is just plain white.
The new red cup is boring to some but to Donald Trump it seems to be much more then that. He says we should boycott them but that is not because the cup is boring. It is because of Starbucks red cup that it has become a war on Christmas according to many. Is Trump right, that Starbucks took off the snowmen, stars and sledders from their cups because they hate Christmas? Oh please....I hardly think so. Besides if you believe in Christmas then do you really think that the lack of those things on the cups is what Christmas is truly about? The corporate world should not be doing our evangelizing for us if we are followers of Christ.
I took pictures at a Starbucks store and these cups that you can buy have the word Joy on them. Yes, these are cups you pay for but in truth is this is not about Christianity.
Also, I called the Starbucks company the other day and a Christmas song that was religious was playing. And the lady that answered told me Merry Christmas when we were done with the conversation.
So did Jesus and his followers sit in a coffee cafe figuring out how to proclaim their beliefs? No, they did not. Jesus went out and mingled with others. He recognized that there were people who were needy; needy in both spirit and soul let alone homeless, sick and lonely!
This holiday should you choose to celebrate it has nothing to do with coffee, coffee cups, or stores selling expensive merchandise with decorations hanging throughout the store with snowmen, snowflakes, trees, etc. plus Santa's sitting there allowing the kids to take their pictures with them for money. I condemn no one for partaking in these activities by the way as it is freedom of choice and it is, in truth, just the season not just a day.
I have never seen Starbucks kick anyone out of their store if they think they are of a Christian faith. I know several Jehovah Witness who work in one of their stores. They have to work around the decorative stuff despite the fact they do not believe in Christmas! I know someone who is a Seventh Day Adventist who works in the same Starbucks and like the Jehovah Witnesses she is probably just grateful for a job and giving people red plain cups is probably not a big deal.
As the Reverend Aaron Todd said, "if you happen to be part of the “Starbucks is making baby Jesus cry” crowd and are considering adding your voice to the protests against this “godless” company (pro tip: ALL companies are godless) please don’t. It’s not to your benefit, to the benefit of your fellow Christians, and it is certainly not to the benefit of the Kingdom to do so."
Amen, Pastor Todd! What kind of example are we to assume that there is nothing about the Holiday Spirit in this store. The pictures I posted prove that. If that is all that Christmas means to you then you really don't know who Christ is and why he came to this world as a tiny baby.