Starbucks red cups. Hot topic as of lately, right? I've seen so many posts on Facebook this week about these red cups. If you haven't heard about the buzz, Starbucks removed any design from their regular holiday cups and made them simply, red. Somehow, the internet blew up over it.
Most of the posts I've seen are articles talking about how upset Christians are over the removal of the Christmas designs. I've read claims that Starbucks is trying to take Christ out of Christmas, and that Christians everywhere should yet again, boycott the coffee company. Can I roll my eyes?
I am a Christian, through and through, I love me some Jesus. Here's the thing though, I am in no way offended by Starbucks removing the Christmas designs from their cups and making them red, and I think we need to stop talking about it and here's why...
1. Wreaths, Snowflakes, Reindeer, Jingle Bells, Christmas Lights, Santa Claus, and whatever else Starbucks has included on their cups in years past, aren't the reason I celebrate Christmas. I celebrate Christmas because it is when my savior, Jesus Christ, was born into this world, took on the form of a baby boy, and started his journey to saving me from my sin. That is why I celebrate Christmas. Honestly, I couldn't even tell you what the designs were the last few years, for all I care, they were red all along.
2. IT'S A CUP. Literally something you will have in your hand for maybe an hour, and then you will throw it away. Does it matter that much what is on it? Will you even really be looking at it? Half of the design will be hidden by the little sleeve that keeps your hands from burning off. It is a cup people, why are you so concerned? We are more concerned over this red cup than important things in our world like the planned parenthood situation, the Syrian refugees, hunger, homelessness, etc. If you don't like the cups, donate the money you would have spent on it to something in that list or another organization that you like instead of jumping on another pointless boycott.
3. Would Jesus really care about the designs being removed? Personally, I think its great. My co-worker Lindsay said to me at work this evening, "I would be offended if they had baby Jesus or religious things on the cups, because that is intolerant of everyone else. Christianity is my faith, but its not everyone's." I couldn't have said it better myself. Christianity is NOT the only religion in the world and we are called to love and live in peace with all people. Romans 12:18 says, "if it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." We have the choice, my fellow Christians, to allow this to bother us or to show the love of Christ through our attitude and actions. Honestly, I think it only makes us look bad to be "boycotting" and causing an uproar about the red cup situation. It's not bringing anyone to Jesus, it's not showing anyone His love, and it's only giving Christians a worse name than we already have. You know what would go further? When you order at Starbucks, tell the barista your real name and not "Merry Christmas", and then after you pay, say Merry Christmas or God Bless to them. I guarantee you that will make them smile and show a lot more of Jesus' love than trying to prove some point by telling them your name is Merry Christmas.
Ultimately, like I stated, we are called to love all people, and we all have different reasons that we celebrate this season. Don't let a red cup ruin it for you. It's not that big of a deal. Celebrate this time of year in your own way, with those you love, and donate to/talk about/worry about a cause that means something.
On a lighter note, please watch this video from Ellen DeGeneres chiming in on the red cups. She's hysterical.
What do you think about the Starbucks Red Cups? Let me know in the comments below!