I woke up this morning, filled my favorite “If Momma Ain’t Happy…” mug, and scrolled through the morning news.
Red cups–they were everywhere. I found myself strangely not offended by the sight. I was confused at the outrage and a little jealous of the white-topped red cup when my own was lacking anything fluffy.
Here is why I am not offended by the Starbuck’s red cup.
1). Religious freedom is a give and take–the owner of Starbucks is said to be Jewish. Starbucks has the right not to say Merry Christmas in order for me to have the right to say it.
2). The cup is just red. Nothing else. It does not even venture into the Happy Holidays debate.
3). I personally don’t link my faith to coffee drinks–my sanity on the other hand…well, that is different.
A few “courageous” individuals have now ventured into Starbucks and tricked the baristas into saying “Jesus is Lord” or “Merry Christmas.”
So yeah, I won’t be doing that and here are the reasons:
1). This does nothing to further the Kingdom of God, and will likely push people even farther away. In a world where Christians are labeled “haters” and “extremist groups” I think we are just proving their point here really.
Real dialog and a genuine heart for God reaches people when sharing the gospel–not forced words.
2). As Christians I don’t believe that it is our job to force everyone to say Merry Christmas. Jesus Christ is at the center of my life and my Christmas, and always will be–I cannot force that on anyone else, though.
My lips will always spill out the gospel and especially the love of Christ. However, I will never tell anyone they have to say Merry Christmas because Jesus doesn’t force me to.
I say it out of my love and devotion to Him, and that is why I want everyone to say it if they do.
3). This point has been already stated in other blogs, but we should be worrying about feeding the poor and getting gifts out to kids in need. So many better ways to get out the Christian message than through overpriced coffee.
4). Speaking of $5 coffee, how bout we just stop buying the stuff? Not out of some kind of protest, but think about all the good we could do with that money?
Or blow the barista away and buy the guy behind you his coffee instead of getting for one yourself–then just say “God bless.” You always have the right to do that.
Bottom line, I just think we can do better. I think there are better ways to get the gospel out than forcing Merry Christmas down people’s throats.
There are probably a lot of really good points I missed and feel free to share them in the comments–or disagree with me there too–you always have that right!
Merry Christmas friends…you know after Thanksgiving and all.