I wrote a short blurb on my Fb page addressing the video going around about the new holiday Starbucks cups and got so much positive feedback from it that I decided to go ahead flesh out my thoughts in an actual blog post.
Photo courtesy of Starbucks
We’ve all seen the video being posted and shared on Fb about Starbucks by Josh Feuerstein. I won’t add a link to it as I am not going to perpetuate a message I disagree with. In it he denounces Starbucks for taking Christ out of Christmas by issuing plain cups for the 2015 holiday season. I didn’t watch the video until yesterday because I figured I knew what he was going to say. I wasn’t surprised by its content. And I couldn’t let it go without saying anything.
He basically says that Starbucks is waging war against Christians and Christmas because the cups carry no Christmas images. Please note that in previous seasons, their cups never had any Christian symbolism. The images were always strictly secular holiday illustrations.
If a company’s cup takes down Christianity and can take Christ out of Christmas because it doesn’t feature a snowman or a reindeer on its cup, then this is not a Christ I want to serve.
Instead of having and perpetuating a defiant, militant attitude, let’s actually be Christ-like this season. Buy your coffee at Starbucks if that’s your thing. Treat the barista with dignity and respect. Wish them Merry Christmas and I don’t know, maybe give them a really nice tip. You know, because it’s Christmas!
Jeffrey Fields, Starbucks Vice President of Design and Content
explains this year’s choice of cup.
“In the past, we have told stories with our holiday cup designs. This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.”
I think this is really beautiful. Not everyone celebrates Christmas. Not everyone celebrates Christmas like we do. Not everyone knows Christ.
For some of us it is simply a holiday. An excuse to be off of work and out of school. A time to tolerate family and endure the endless facade of joy and happiness that everyone touts during this time of year. And truth be told, for a lot of us, it is simply a facade. For some of us, depression is a real and heavy burden we carry. Especially during the holidays. For some of us, we don’t know how we will have Christmas dinner or gifts for our children under our tree. Or more importantly, a reliable vehicle or a roof over our heads. Sometimes, even as Christians, we need to see Christ. Because sometimes the weight of this life has pushed all hope aside.
There are so many more things to worry about than whether or not our coffee cup has a damn snowman on it!
If we truly want to keep Christ in Christmas then lets be the embodiment of Christ to all of those we come in contact with. Be genuinely kind. Give up your seat. Pay for someone’s lunch, or if you have the means, someone’s groceries. Give from the abundance that has been given to you.
You don’t know when you will encounter someone who needs to see Christ. Who is desperate for Him. Not defiance and militance wrapped up in self-righteousness.
This is not the Christ of Christmas. The Christ of sacrifice. The Christ that came as the embodiment of love and grace.
“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”