Is anyone else confused by the hype over the Starbucks red cup? When I first saw the image of the 2015 cup, I thought it looked nice. Simple and a clever use of the Starbucks green logo on the red background.
No problem right?
Well, I guess not. It seems that some people are upset over the cups and think they do not stand for Christmas. I don’t usually pay attention to these things but the articles that kept popping up specifically mention that Christians are the people making the fuss. I like to know what I’m being associated with.
SO, I looked at the last 6 years of cups that TIME put together for easy viewing. Do you know what I see? Nothing that says “Merry Christmas” or any mention of Jesus. In fact, the apparent change that makes people upset is the lack of a snow flake.
A snow flake?
Beloved sisters and brothers in Christ – since when is a snowman, snow flake or a person sledding on a coffee cup a symbol of Christmas? I don’t remember seeing any mention of these things in the story of Jesus’ birth in the Bible. Haven’t read it? Check it out for yourself in Luke Chapter 1. These symbols are completely and totally unrelated to Jesus Christ.
I can see how this may sound harsh, but it needs to be said. You know what takes the CHRISTmas out of Christmas? Complaining, slander, and overly vocal disgust at red cups. Beloved of Jesus – there are so many more important issues to take a stand on. This distraction does not draw unbelievers to know and love Jesus. If anything, it makes Him less appealing because those who claim to follow and love Him are preoccupied with coffee cups.
As Christians, let us instead CHOOSE to celebrate Jesus, despite what is happening around us in our culture. Regardless of who says “Happy Holidays” and who says “Merry Christmas”, the culture does NOT decide the status of our hearts. We choose who we worship and what our focus is on.
It is either the world or Jesus. He longs for us to choose the latter.
So, as His chosen, and beloved people, CHOOSE to set your eyes on Jesus. Then CHOOSE now to let the rest of it roll off of you. All season long. Spending our precious time boycotting coffee cups is simply a distraction that takes our eyes off of HIM – All God’s grace in one tiny face.
How do we focus on Him?
- Tell others you are grateful for them.
- Tell GOD you are grateful for Him and spend some extra time with Him in prayer.
- Set your grateful hearts on Jesus – on how He loved us and came to DIE for us so we could be saved. And how we can never deserve such a sacrifice and gift of grace.
- Be grateful that in the United States you can speak the name of Jesus out loud without being tortured, exiled or killed.
- Pray for those who are dying for their faith and have life and death concerns that make a preoccupation with coffee cups look foolish and careless.
- Go out and treat others with kindness, respect, and love.
- Tell others WHO Jesus is and WHY you love Him.
- Intentionally spread some joy and cheer.
- Find someone to help, serve or surprise.
- Let Christians be known for spreading good will among men instead of complaining about things that have no eternal value.
- Choose Jesus and show others WHO HE IS by sharing His LOVE.
- Show the world that His love reigns in the hearts of Christians and speak well of others, regardless of where they buy their coffee. Or what color the cup is.
It’s a paper cup, people. We put coffee in it and then throw it away.
Doesn’t CHRISTmas mean more to us than that?
It’s the second week of November. There will be plenty more things this year that do not include Christ. There will surely be over-saturation of Santa, Happy Holidays and commercialization of the season.
Will you choose to allow those things to take your eyes off of Jesus?