Have you heard the news? Apparently Starbucks hates Christmas and Jesus because they’re using blank red cups at all of their locations.
Shots fired. Am I right?
After all, what could be more diabolical and damaging to us as Christians than such a blatant disrespect of our rights as Americans? We were born in the United States of America. We have a right to have food industry workers greet us with a trite saying, even if they have no idea what it means. I hope ISIS doesn’t find out about this, they might quit actually killing Christians and do what is truly evil — not celebrating a holiday they don’t believe in — because apparently that’s real persecution.
All of this makes about as much sense as the last cup video to go viral. **
For real though. This is getting out of control. We have brothers and sisters dying for their faith and we’re trying to launch a viral campaign against a company because they’re trying to appeal to a larger mass of people during the holidays? This is what we mobilize and get up in arms about? They may be using His name, but this doesn’t sound like Jesus to me. Trying to trick and force others into following their traditions and customs sounds more like the Pharisees. Or the Nazi party.
I mean, come on. Poor Betty the Barista doesn’t hand you a cup that says Merry Christmas, and this makes her anti-Christ? First off, Betty has no choice about what kind of cup she hands you. Second, even if she did have a choice, you firing off some “slick” prank isn’t going to change her mind about Christianity or Christmas. If a red cup is the primary way we have to communicate the message of Christmas, we’ve failed as Christians.
It’s not Betty’s fault. It’s our fault. We’re the shepherds who are supposed to be proclaiming what we have seen and heard. We’re the scum of the earth, who are meant to love those who speak ill of us. We’re not culture warriors. We’re Christ-followers.
Besides, Christmas being taken out of the consumerism of the holidays is a win. I look forward to the day Christmas is removed from stores and put back into homes, families, and gestures of love. As Christians, the crime isn’t that big business is pulling Christmas out of their corporations. The crime is that we allowed them to hijack it in the first place. We punted on our responsibility to spread the Good News and Christmas cheer, allowing corporate America to do it for us. We allowed the celebration of the birth of the Messiah to revolve around gifts, man-made traditions, and cheesy sayings. Now they’ve realized they can make more money elsewhere and we’re mad at them for it? Sounds backwards to me.
I say go ahead, let corporate America drop the whole Christmas spiel. I’m looking forward to the day when I’m in the check out line and the cashier says to me, “Merry Christmas,” and I don’t have to wonder whether he really knows what that means or if he’s being forced by his manager to be cheery since it’s the holiday season.
Thought 1: Maybe this Christmas, instead of declaring war on shopping malls, coffee shops, and card makers, we can help bring relief to those who are suffering under real persecution. If you’d like to know more about how you can help others who are suffering for their faith click HERE. If you’d like to donate toward the Voice of the Martyrs organization, click HERE.
Thought 2: Maybe this Christmas, we make it about celebrating what Jesus did — not what others are doing. Seems pretty biblical to me.
Oh, and Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals.
J/K – it’s not even Advent yet.
soli deo gloria
**Some have asked if the title of this blog is referencing the ubiquitous viral video where two girls defecate into a cup and then consume the contents. Yes, it is. While I didn’t see the video myself (I can barely change my kids diaper without throwing up) I did see plenty of reaction videos.
I felt the same nausea others did when I saw the recent video a pastor uploaded, condemning Starbucks and calling Christians everywhere to go to “war.” In no way do I condone or encourage anyone to watch the viral video mentioned above.