So, let me get this straight. I’m supposed to be upset because Starbucks, a non-Christian (some would say anti-Christian) company has taken secular Christmas symbols off of their cups during the holiday season. My question is this: after the comments allegedly made by their CEO concerning Christians, why are you still shopping there? Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t an anti-Starbucks rant by any means, and for the sake of full disclosure, I don’t like Starbucks coffee. The hot chocolate is okay if you order the right kind, but that is not my point either. My point is simple. I have a very great concern for some of my brothers and sisters in Christ. I think Jesus said something about how foolish it was for religious people to strain the gnats and swallow the camels, but so many of us seem insistent on doing just that. We have a million babies murdered through abortion each year, drug abuse reaching pandemic proportions (and we are still trying to get it legalized), crime rates are soaring, and billions of people headed for hell, and all we can think about is a reindeer on a coffee cup! Christians, what is wrong with us?
Listen, I love to say, “Merry Christmas,” and it gives me a nice little feeling when an employee at a secular business says it to me, but folks, let’s get serious for a minute. To use an oft-quoted phrase made popular by the liberal we all love to hate, “What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?” Writing the words on a cup does nothing to further the gospel, nor does it change the heart of a lost person. Forcing them to call out the words may cause a few people to snicker at the trickery, but no babies will be saved, no crimes will be prevented, and the pandemic will continue. Even worse, no hearts will be changed.
Please understand. I believe that Christmas is God’s cure for everything that ails us as individuals and as a society. It was His plan, set in motion from before creation, to bring hope, peace, and joy to a world that is hopeless, peace-less, and joyless. If you want to make a real difference, why not go into Starbucks, order your classic hot chocolate with caramel, sit down at a table, and read your copy of The Insanity of God, and when someone asks you about the book, tell them about how crazy God’s plan of salvation truly is. Tell them about how the baby Jesus, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, died for their sins. And if you are upset over the missing reindeer image on the cup, go buy you a Christmas sweater, and wear it while you read. Throw in some antlers and a big red nose, and you are bound to attract the attention of almost everyone who comes into the store.