Fighting About Coffee Cups

Oh, come on y’all. I saw this on Twitter today, posted by a local news outlet, in response to Starbucks’ introduction of their new holiday coffee cups:

“This is a denial of historical reality and the great Christian heritage behind the American Dream that has so benefitted Starbucks,” Andrea Williams of the U.K.-based organization Christian Concern told Breitbart. “This also denies the hope of Jesus Christ and His story so powerfully at this time of year.” — From The Huffington PostRead the rest of the story here.

Sigh. A coffee cup does all of that? Who knew?

Are we doing this War on Christmas thing again this year? Please, someone, make it stop.

I have Jewish friends. I’ll wish them a Happy Hanukkah. They’ll wish me Happy Holidays, and sometimes they’ll say Merry Christmas. My Jewish friends aren’t fighting a War on Hanukkah. They don’t boycott stores for saying Merry Christmas. They don’t scream about whether or not there’s a menorah in the courthouse yard.

Here’s what a War on Christmas is not:

  1. The fact that everyone doesn’t celebrate Christmas
  2. The freedom people of other faiths feel to celebrate their own holidays
  3. Businesses’ decisions not to alienate those of faiths other than Christianity

Here’s what a War on Christmas would really look like: You have no freedom to express your faith in any outward or public way. There are places in this world in which that’s true and there are people in those places who face persecution, death, and torture for expressing their faith.

If you want to boycott something this Christmas, boycott the adversarial crap.

brothers-787722_1920Stop saying War on Christmas, and respect that not everyone celebrates the Christian holiday. Here’s a list of some things that I think Jesus would be far more upset about than red coffee cups.

  • The fact that in the city of Memphis, approximately 1800 – 2000 people sleep on the streets each night.
  • The racism that persists among us. We don’t listen. We don’t care enough. We don’t advocate for justice. At least not enough.
  • The divisiveness we are all so quick to embrace when others disagree with our political positions. It’s so easy to demonize.
  • The hammer of judgment we are so quick to bring down on others’ mistakes — you know, the ones that are so much worse than ours
  • Children who don’t have health care, and the elderly who can’t afford their medications in a world in which there are cars that cost $300,000 and up.

Christians ought to be known for the most love, the most generosity, the most respect, the most unity, the most caring response to those in crisis.

Not for red coffee cups.

2 thoughts on “Fighting About Coffee Cups

  1. If your cup at Starbucks doesn’t have wreaths, snowmen and snowflakes (all the things in the Bible you know) and you feel your belief of Christmas is offended, you better go have a better talk with Jesus. He could care less about your cup. Better yet…….why don’t you forgo Starbucks and donate all the money you would spend in December and donate it to feed the hungry on Christmas.

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