Ok, so I don’t normally get involved in politics or controversy etc on social media but the whole red cup nonsense yesterday just really got to me and I felt like I needed to write about it. Even if only a couple people read this post I just felt like I needed to put these thoughts out there and back on the minds of anyone who might possibly be offended by the lack of Merry Christmas etc at Starbs. (First of all it isn’t even thanksgiving yet so can everyone chill out and take it one holiday at at time? ) Anyways, are you guys for real?! This is a legit concern for you? Red cups and that someone isn’t telling you Merry Christmas? That’s what bothers you and makes you feel outraged and religiously persecuted? Come on. Even if you weren’t one of the people ranting yesterday let’s all just keep things in perspective here.
As an avid Starbucks drinker (read everyday) I could never in a million years think to be bothered by a red coffee cup to celebrate the holidays. Do you know why? Because it DOES NOT MATTER. Red cups have nothing to do with Christmas or Christ’s birth or Christianity and they shouldn’t offend you. It’s not Starbucks job to keep Christ in Christmas. That’s OUR job! We are responsible for sharing the good news about Christ’s birth, the reason for the season and the need for a Savior. Christmas isn’t about red cups and Santa and presents and glitter- even though I love glitter; it’s about the greatest gift we’ve ever received and that is where our focus should be! As Christians we are called to stand up for truth and justice and equality. To be a voice for those who don’t have one. To love the unlovable. To speak in truth AND grace! And to bring people closer to Jesus.
You know what keeps me up at night and outrages me and makes me cry? It’s not red cups at Starbucks it’s:
- Sex trafficking
- Animal cruelty
- Gender inequality
- Child labor
- Kids forgotten in the foster care system
- World hunger
- Cyber bullying/ bullying of any kind
- Body shaming
I could go on and on. My point is this; that we have so much to be praying for and heartbroken over and using our voice towards. Don’t add to the noise. Don’t waste your energy on things don’t matter. Don’t let anyone influence your celebration of CHRISTmas. Don’t be so small minded that the color of a cup defines this season for you. Red cups don’t mean Christmas and where you drink your coffee won’t get you into heaven. This world needs Jesus and I hope you tell people about His birth everyday and especially at Christmas. And maybe buy the person behind you a coffee because we also need caffeine, I know I do! 😉
I know I normally keep things light and fun here on the blog but I do think it’s SO important to share deep things from my heart as well so I hope I didn’t offend anyone and if I did, I’m sorry! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Tuesday!
“Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!”
Luke 2: 10-11
November 10: I am thankful today and everyday that I live in a country where I can freely practice my religion without the fear of persecution and/or death.
PS- If you’ve never heard the real Christmas story or ever have any questions, please reach out to me! Jesus loves you and so do I! 🙂