Today, as a trolled - ahem - I mean scrolled through my Facebook newsfeed, I started to see some of my Christian friend's posts about a red Starbucks coffee cup controversy.
My response was very literally, "Huh?" I took a bit of a hiatus from social media this past weekend; I had to have missed something, right?
Finally, one of my young friends posted a link to a guy's video about the Starbuck's red cup. I'm not linking back to it, because I don't want to give him any more views.
Essentially, he says that Starbucks is trying to take "Christ and Christmas off of their brand new cups," I quote. Seriously?
As a sold out, Bible-thumping, born-again, coffee-drinking (thus the blog title) Christian, I can honestly say that I never saw Christ or Christmas on a Starbuck's coffee cup in seasons past. Not once.
I know that Christ is in all things, and that God is omnipresent. I don't think it would be possible for Starbucks to remove Him from anything, not even with a double shot!
What did I see in the past on Starbucks' cups? I saw snowflakes. I saw ornaments. I saw expensive seasonal cups that weren't necessary at all. People buy Starbucks' over-priced coffee regardless of what cup it is in.
For any Christian to be offended, or upset by something as stupid as an unadorned red cup is exhausting. Let it go! Let it go!
If you don't like the unadorned red cup, buy a refillable one - it's better for the environment anyway.
My unsubstantiated thoughts behind the plain red cup has nothing to do with "ushering in simplicity" or some other such nonsense Starbuck's PR team spewed.
I believe the simple cups are simply CHEAPER. Do you know what it costs to print stuff? Especially specialty stuff like those cups?
The cup might even have cost more than the coffee in it. Again, that's totally unsubstantiated, but I did work in food service for years, and I can tell you, often times, the cup was the greatest expense of the drink.
So, unless you want that already over-priced coffee to go up in cost, be grateful for the simple red cup and the hot brew within.
Christmas is coming. The seasons are changing. Even the Grinch figured out that Christmas has nothing to do with the "stuff" - it has everything to do with the heart.
What IS Christmas all about? I think Linus from the Peanuts sums it up perfectly:
So, fellow Christians, I call out each of one of us to be more Christ-like; more loving, more forgiving, more generous, more honest, and less self-righteous, less selfish, and less offended.
Regardless of what faith you do, or don't practice, may you be blessed this holiday season.
Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!
John 3:16 (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
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