OK, I just found out about this. Check out this summary of the nonsense in the tweet above.
First of all, I don’t drink coffee. I drink it occasionally but I never go to Starbucks because I want coffee. Never in my life have I ever desired to drink coffee. Most times when I do, I’m with people. I’m a social coffee drinker.
I am also Christian. I am a Christian who doesn’t care for coffee or what Starbucks does.
With that said, after reading the above story, I could not shake my head any more. If I did, I’d get whiplash. Is this really an issue? First of all, I didn’t even know Starbucks had seasonal themed holiday cups for Christmastime. I didn’t even know this was a big deal to people. Like if you showed me these cups, I wouldn’t even know they were supposed to mean something important.
But apparently this is the problem. Starbucks used to have designs on these during Christmas. But since now they are just red, Christians are angry? About what?
This video supposedly started it all:
Then this followed:
Wait wait. Starbucks promoted Christmas? Since when? You mean the Jesus Christmas (the holiday we celebrate Jesus’ birth), not the Hallmark Christmas (where commercialism rules our lives)? I don’t think Starbucks promoted Jesus with their cups.
I mean, Starbucks isn’t eliminating Christmas. They still have the music playing and the seasonal flavors.
“In the past, we have told stories with our holiday cups designs,” said Starbucks’ Vice President of Design & Content Jeffrey Fields. “This year we wanted to usher in the holidays with a purity of design that welcomes all of our stories.”
I’m cool with that
Take a look at these previous “Christmas cups” from years past. What about this tells me about Jesus?
I see snowflakes. I see skates. I see a house. I see a UFO car. None of that has anything to do with Jesus or His birth. I did a Google image search of past Starbucks Christmas cups — no Jesus or Christianity on any of them.
So what exactly are Christians complaining about? Since when did Starbucks ever promote Jesus? I don’t get it. Am I, as a Christian, supposed to take offense to this?
They had cups with Hallmark-Christmas-themed designs. None of it ever promoted Jesus. Now people are angry because somehow a red cup with a green logo — Christmas colors I remind you — somehow isn’t good enough?
So is this a coffee drinkers thing? Or is it because Christians are trying to find something to feel offended about?
It’s just a coffee cup.