FOCUS SHOULD BE ON JESUS CHRIST, NOT A CUP!!!
Hebrews 12:1-2 says:"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God."
So I was going to make this addition to my blog about my upcoming trip to the Middle East and how prayer is the support to its success. The reason for the need and importance of prayer is that this trip has the potential to be the most dangerous of trips and projects that I have taken a team on in a very long time. However over the last couple of days, there has been a trend on social media that is wrong.
Christmas is fast approaching and Starbuck's has again come out with their "Red Cups." The difference this year is that they are just plain red cups that say Starbucks. Facebook and other social media have lit up with comments about Starbuck's taking Christ out of Christmas, how people are not going to shop them or patronize them because the red cups don't say Christmas or any other comments about Christmas. Starbuck's publicly said we want to be more inclusive. However, reality is that for Starbuck's, it also is a profit factor. Less printing equates to more bottom line dollars. Now I have been in Starbuck's recently and have seen all of the normal things in them, the ornaments, the "Christmas Blend Coffee" (which actually says Christmas Blend Coffee), and all of the other things that say they have gone Christmas.
Why are we, and I mean we because all of the Christians out there who are "all up in arms" are representing me; a Believer of Jesus Christ and yes a Christian around the world declaring "War on Starbucks." You see, your actions here in the USA reflect all Christians around the world. People it is a RED CUP.
Candace Cameron Bure said this yesterday on her Facebook page:
Starbucks War on Christmas?
It's a red cup, folks.
Until Starbucks puts a baby Jesus or nativity scene on the cup while saying Merry Christmas, then pulls it because they say it’s offensive, let’s talk. I don't remember Starbucks ever being a Christian company, do you? A Santa, a snowflake, some holly, a polar bear, some jingle bells or plain red cup don’t define Christmas for me as a Christian. My relationship with Jesus does.
So, I will joyfully sip on my Starbucks coffee, in a plain red cup, and instead of complaining about the lack of decorations, I will lovingly share the good news of Jesus Christ with friends and co-workers or anyone who's willing to engage in conversation.
Is she right? Yes she is right. Here is my rant and I am yelling it at the top of voice right now....IT IS NOT STARBUCK'S, TARGET, OR EVEN WALMART'S RESPONSIBILITY TO SHARE THE TRUTH ABOUT JESUS CHRIST....IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY!!!!! The red cup is a red cup, let it go. If you are that upset about a red cup then get off your duff and start sharing the real truth. The truth the Jesus Christ came to earth to be a sacrifice for your sins, to create a new covanent so that you and I will have an eternity in Heaven with Him and His Father. If you want people to know why we celebrate Christmas, then go meet with them and tell them.
See the picture above, "Sharing the Gospel with Others-Easy or Difficult." Pick your battles. You are making Sharing more difficult. I am not trying to belittle your belief system, but pick your battles. A red cup is a battle you are not going to win. But if you use the red cup as a opportunity to share Jesus Christ, then it is a eternal battle you will win. For me, I am going to use Starbuck's. I am going to invite people to have coffee with me at Starbuck's, I am going to get them something in the red cup, and I am going to share with them the LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST, the TRUTH OF JESUS CHRIST, and THE ETERNAL REASON FOR CHRISTMAS.
THANK YOU STARBUCK'S FOR THE RED CUPS AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE!!!!