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Christians and Coffee Cups

It’s early November and already this year’s installment of the so-called “War on Christmas” has begun. All over social media I’m seeing rants from angry Christians who are trying to “Keep Christ in Christmas”. And the first volley of shots has already been launched against an unlikely target: Starbucks.

Apparently people are mad that the seasonal cups at Starbucks this year are just plain red. No mention of Christmas or Jesus at all. And, clearly that means that Christians are being persecuted. I mean, my faith is just destroyed if I don’t get my venti blonde roast with room for milk in a cup that features the name of my Lord and Savior.

So, obviously I think this is a little ridiculous. Because, Christians, I promise you that Starbucks red cups are not going to destroy the Christian faith. Seriously, the Roman Empire couldn’t do it, and they could kill you with lions. And I don’t think Starbucks has the death penalty. Yet.

IMG_5531But it’s even more ridiculous to me because of the timing this year. I’m kind of baffled because it’s early November. And it seems to me that people of faith, people who should be keenly aware of the grace God has given us, should be focused on the holiday that is coming up in just a few weeks: the one where we say “thank you, God”.

When Christians start to lose sight of gratitude and instead develop a major persecution complex then we have a huge faith crisis on our hands that is far bigger than whether the red cups at Starbucks make any reference to Jesus.

This year we didn’t even wait until Advent to start claiming persecution. We are joining the rest of the world in skipping right over Thanksgiving, and we are joining the Christmas rush. We are spoiling for a fight and those red cups are just the thing to give it to us.

We’re kind of like the religious equivalent of those Black Friday shoppers who trample other Black Friday shoppers in order to get a good deal on a flat screen TV. We are so incensed by any perceived omission of our personal faith from the public sphere that we go on a rampage. Except instead of other shoppers, we just trample things like inclusivity, diversity, tolerance, and pluralism instead.

And you don’t get a TV in the end either. In fact, now you can’t even get a latte. (Not if you are boycotting Starbucks, anyway.) Really, all you get is the smug satisfaction of knowing that you are part of a dominant faith that can try to impose its religion on coffee drinkers everywhere.

This is exactly what Jesus meant when he said, “Love your neighbors as yourself,” right?

But maybe, for at least some of us who are Christians, there’s another way. One where we don’t overlook the celebration of gratitude that comes later this month. And one that doesn’t overshadow the season of Advent, a time when Christians are asked to prepare their hearts that Christ may be born in the anew. One where we are asked to focus on hope, peace, joy, and love.

In a world where so much pain exists, that is hard to do. And that is even harder when we focus our energy in the wrong places. If we are outraged, we should be outraged at a world where violence is rampant, where children still starve, where people are displaced from their homes, and where veterans are homeless on the streets. We should be taking Jesus’ command to love every child of God seriously. And we should stop wasting our time complaining about coffee cups that don’t acknowledge his birthday.

Because, seriously, do you think Jesus would rather we remember his birthday by putting it on a coffee cup that’s going in the trash? Or would he rather we remember it by no longer treating one another as disposable?

Maybe this is the year that we can shift our priorities away from what doesn’t matter to what matters more than we know. Maybe this year we can set our sights a little higher than changing red cups, and instead try to change the world. And maybe this year we can stop yelling at others to “Keep Christ in Christmas” and instead focus on being Christlike ourselves.

So, here’s a suggestion of how to start: buy someone a coffee. In one of those red cups. Seriously, you will not go to hell for going to Starbucks this Christmas. But if you look closely enough, you just might find Jesus in the guy behind you in line. Because Christ is already at Starbucks, just as Christ is everywhere.

I don’t need his name on a paper cup to tell me that.

458 thoughts on “Christians and Coffee Cups

  1. According to World Hunger statistics, 3.5 million children die of hunger every year. Now, how important is that damned red coffee cup?

  2. Disclaimer: I have worked in marketing for decades, which is why I find the “boycott Starbucks” video and cause so ridiculous. At no time has Starbucks ever had “Merry Christmas” on their cups. Winter-themed images (stars, reindeer, etc.) and joyful words have been included in the designs, but never “Merry Christmas.” I find it ironic, and probably hypocritical, that the same people who denounce the commercialization of Christmas now are saying it should be commercialized by a profit-making company. When people who claim to be Christian start focusing on things like paper cups, the people who truly practice Christianity look like fools to those who don’t know better. Shame on the protesters. They will find their brand of faith waiting for them……

  3. YES YES YES!! I had many of these same thoughts! If you know your faith and know your God and are trusting in Him, He is in your heart and is everywhere! If people need His name to be on a disposable coffee cup to validate their faith and to “Keep Christ in Christmas”, maybe it’s time they reevaluated their bond and the strength of their faith in Lord Jesus!

  4. thanks for this! when I saw the video of the angry “Christian” with his gun who wants us all to proclaim our names are “Merry Christmas”, I was mortified! makes me want to crawl under a rock – his protest is a disgrace to the name of our Lord and our faith. I don’t know how to counter it – but this article helps! God help us!

  5. Reblogged this on BERKSHIRE ON STAGE and SCREEN and commented:
    Emily C. Heath, partner, pastor, public theologian. (In that order) writes about how the usual angry Christians can’t even wait until Thanksgiving before launching into their War on Christmas madness. And the first shot fired appears to be the red takeout cups at Starbucks, long a target from the crowd that thinks Maxwell House is what coffee should taste like. We just give a preview of her column here, but do take a moment to read her words of wisdom.

  6. Maybe these Christians so worried about a red coffee cup can use the money they save from boycotting Starbucks to help the hungry and homeless – something Jesus would do.

  7. You as a “christian” Emily just committed the same errors as those you wrote this article about. Your clearly bitter, judgmental and trying to find something to be offended about while telling someone how they should feel. Now I am guilty of being judgemental as well but I felt the need to respond. Ask yourself why this upsets you so much? I don’t think that anyone said that Starbucks is the demise of any faith. Yes there are a million or more important issues in the world. Many horrible things are done in the name of religion, I doubt the Starbucks issue is the worst of them. It is a lack of respect however. There is only one other holiday that is connected the deities of the Christian faith, is it so bad that we give a little attention and honor that by acknowledging that on a cup or verbally? I don’t think the world will stop spinning if a few people boycott Starbucks. As a matter of fact I plan on taking advantage of the shorter lines today and when they ask my name I will gladly respond with “Ty Jesus”.

    • It upsets me because there is real work that Christians need to do in the world. And, I’m the first to admit my imperfections. You’ll notice I addressed this article to “we Christians” not “you Christians”.

      • And yet… You felt the need write an entire article about how Christians are spoiling for a fight. I wonder who it is that is actually spoiling for a fight Emily? Maybe YOU are needing to do more as a Christian. How do you know that people boycotting Starbucks are not also volunteering in soup kitchens or helping the homeless? Anonymous charity goes a long way for me in expressing my gratitude.
        Which, by the way, I try to practice each and every day not just at “The holiday coming up in a few weeks where we say thank you God”

        • Because there is a noisy backlash at Starbucks over not having something on the cups that never was there in the first place. It’s wasted outrage that means nothing in the context of what Jesus was about. Anyone defending the noisy outrage apparently also has no real idea of what it means to be Christian. Whether they volunteer elsewhere or not it’s a ridiculous, wasted argument that only sets even others Christians against them. No one needs to “wage war on Christianity” because a lot of so called Christians are very effectively destroying it by inanities like this.

      • I think you’ve got it wrong. There is an obvious war on Christianity via the PC culture. Christians in America have enjoyed over a century of virtually persecution free religion. I’ve stopped giving my money to Starbucks because of multiple reasons..but the fact that they are subtly trying to eliminate the vocabulary is social reprogramming. Eventually all of us will wake up in a word completely hostile against following Jesus…and when that happens I’m sure you’ll wish you did something about it. Or maybe you’ll look back and think that awful tasting cup of coffee was actually worth your money. Starbucks is against you as a Christain so stop supporting them.

        • I just wonder. How is berating Starbucks for their cup design going to make people less hostile to Jesus? The man who hauled out his gun and talked about his second amendment rights, and who thought he was so clever for telling the Starbucks barista his name was “Merry Christmas” is making people more hostile to people who call themselves Christians than Starbucks is.

        • I would argue that what you perceive as a war on Christianity is in actuality an attempt to open arms to the broader community, and accept that those who aren’t Christian should be embraced as well. It isn’t my place, as a Christian, to condemn others. It is my place place as a Christian to accept them and love them as they are and as they believe, and to wish for my own actions to reflect those of Christ, with an eye towards my actions eventually demonstrating the strength of my faith and the power of embracing and empathizing with those who do not believe the same as I do. Starbucks is simply accepting that there are those who are not Christian, if indeed they are thinking along those lines at all.

        • Starbucks is very, very for me as a Christian. Starbucks sees me nearly every day.

          They have never had cups that said Christmas. Last year they had ugly carolers on them and I believe there was also a fox.

        • I would venture to say that if you stop supporting every company that doesn’t align with your Christian faith, you will need to establish your own commune to feed, clothe, and educate your own family. When did we as Christians become so defensive that we are ready to completely isolate ourselves from our neighbors? Did it ever occur to those protesting that maybe Starbuck’s marketing campaign simply decided to design a minimalist look this year? It is very on trend, you know. If they were out to eliminate Christmas, they could have made their cups blue and called them “Winter Cups.” Why are we so defensive? Why are we so quick to assume all non-Christians are out to get us? Is there persecution against the Christian faith? Absolutely. Should we stand firm in what we believe? Of course. But my God does not need me to fight a battle with Starbucks. His power, sovereignty, grace, and love are made small in such pursuits. I’ll admit my first impression when I saw the cups was that they were trying to remove Christmas. But then it occurred to me that maybe we need a little reprogramming in our own thinking as Christians. And maybe, just maybe…Starbucks just thought the ombré red cup was pretty. I know I did.

    • Let’s be clear, as pastors we study, contemplate and theologize so that we may add a prophetic voice to the popular opinion of the masses. You, ladysmiddleton, may call it judgmental as that is your right, however it is part and parcel to the work of pastors to illuminate Gospel teachings- even when they upset folks like you.

    • “There is only one other holiday that is connected the deities of the Christian faith, is it so bad that we give a little attention and honor that by acknowledging that on a cup or verbally?”

      Why is it a private corporation’s job to acknowledge *your* religion to the exclusion of all others?

    • If this is the way we want to be portrayed–as people who get all riled up because Starbucks didn’t put “Jesus is the reason for the season” on the coffee cup they use this time of year, then I guess Emily was out of line. But fussing about a coffee cup seems counterproductive, as we are a people who want to have our eyes on bigger things–loving people, including loving our enemies, feeding the hungry and keeping people warm. Christmas did not start out as a Christian holiday. Ancient people were celebrating the solstice long before Christians decided to pretend December 25th was the anniversary of the birth of Christ. Multiple holidays are being celebrated during December, one of which is Christmas. Another is the season of the solstice, when days start to get longer. Then there is the commerialization of this time of year, when we get to hear on a daily basis about how awful a season it is for retailers. It’s easy to get distracted. I liked Emily’s column. Sure, let’s buy someone a cup of coffee. You can give them the coffee and tell them “Merry Christmas. I love you.”

    • It is so bad because you people continually push your silly myth on people who have no need of such things. I’d have a lot more respect for christians if they behaved the way Emily suggests than if you make sure you get jesus written on your cup.

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  9. There should not be any reference to Christ or Jesus on their cups. Not everyone believes in him. The bible and the “stories” are just that just like the story about Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny. They get top billing because we call the the myths that they are and don’t try to force people to believe they are real. Christians think because they believe everyone should and it just doesn’t work that way. If you want to be in that cult all power to you, as for me I want Christ/Jesus out of any Christmas stuff I buy at places like Starbucks, etc.

    • But urbandragonfly, you CAN’T take the Christ/Jesus out of Christmas or Christmas stuff because they are one in the same.

      • The winter holidays existed as pagan festivals long before Christianity came along. The Christian church just overrode it with its own, because they couldn’t manage to make people stop celebrating the old pagan holidays. So Christianity is not the one with the original claim here—they are not one and the same (BTW not “one in the same”). Enjoy your holiday any way you like, but don’t think you own it.

        • Exactly @Jill – I can take Christ/Jesus out of Christmas because, while the man may have lived, he is not the “son of God.” The bible is fiction and based upon myths that existed prior to the man called Jesus and as Ting said this pagan festival existed long before Christianity. Christianity is simply one of many cults in existence to manipulate people.

    • You have your beliefs and I have mine. There is no reason for you to mock the Christian faith by comparing the Bible to the Easter bunny. I’m not offended when Starbucks doesn’t have ‘Merry Christmas’ on their cups and I won’t boycott the coffee I’m privileged to be able to afford, but my feathers do get ruffled when someone calls my Christian faith a myth. I don’t expect you to believe as I do, but please don’t expect me to believe as you. It’s a mutual respect.

      • I was just stating my opinion based upon facts – I wasn’t asking you to believe differently, but I have the right to say what I believe as you do. Your comment was the rude defensive one because I stated the fact that the bible and Christianity is based upon myths – look it up. If you can find any live person who can verify the bible and it’s contents are true or your belief is based upon fact then go for it but because the bible was written by 40 different human men over a period of 1500 years, not by God and not by the man called Jesus and the stories in the bible are the exact same stories that were written long the time of Jesus … you nor anyone will be able to definitively prove any of it is fact. That is why it is called a belief system – it is all simply a belief otherwise it would be called history, but it is not.

    • Urban, as a Christ follower, I absolutely agree with you that Jesus should not be a part of anyone’s marketing program, red cups et al. In fact, it should simply be a time that we as Christians should celebrate the gospel. If we want to celebrate by helping the less fortunate that day, it’s our choice. If we want to give to our family and friends too, that’s our perogative. But, I’d like to take your argument to its full length and ask that you stay out of our celebration. Christmas is for Christians. Please ask your place of business or school that you will not be having a holiday and simply work on that day…I won’t impose the American Christmas on you any longer! Free yourself and work!

  10. I enjoyed your thoughtfully written article. I was also mortified that we as Christians get so caught up in non issues that we forget the important ones. You can’t force Jesus on others, but you can live so that others see Christ in you. The irony is, we are not told to celebrate Christ’s birthday in the Bible, but his death, burial and resurrection.

    • Susan, thank you for your comment — wonderful reply! … I did, however, love Emily’s article, and I think it is important for us to think twice before we “go on the warpath” about such things as this article wrote about. I’m not against speaking up for my faith when I deem it to be important enough, and I know we all think it is important enough at different times. But when I do speak up, in a comment section online for example, I try to be as kind as I possibly can, no name calling or mud-slinging whatsoever. Oh how wonderful if none of us on either side of the fence would ever sling mud or call names. Can you imagine what better conversations we would all have?? However, many times I choose not to say anything at all. I can’t help but think of Jesus when he was being tried by Pilate for crimes he did not commit. I think of these verses in 1 Peter 2:”21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: 22 “Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth”; 23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.” We should all post this scripture where we can see it at all times.

  11. Thank you for your thoughtfully written article – There is no reason for Starbucks to decorate their red cups with references to Christmas or Jesus.

  12. Oh My. it is a red cup, people. Bright and fun. When I get a Starbucks I don’t ask their religious affiliation. But I do enjoy the people with whom I chat. Emily Heath, you are a keeper. I liked the BOO too. My faith is how I try to live and if it is a store that openly discriminates, I won’t shop there, but SNOWFLAKES on a coffee cup?!!

  13. This is so true. You don’t need Jesus’ s name on a cup to celebrate him. You just need to do it & remember what he taught us to love one another as thy self.

  14. It’s a cup……C U P….Cup. this cup or its color, size or shape does not define me, my beliefs, or the stinkin season. I’m offended that it’s not Orange & Brown or have a Cornucopia on it….no I’m not offended…..Annoyed

  15. What a cup has on it doesn’t define my relationship with Christ nor does it upset me that it’s not there. The fact of whether we celebrate and believe is up to us to define each in our own ways according to our beliefs. However, while I wish that everyone believed what I do, its just not realistic.

  16. Well heck, I thought SB hit it out of the park this year with their red cups. SB got rid everything that distracts from the purpose of the season. No reindeer, snowflakes, stars or anything. Just simple red cups. Think about it. It was Christ’s blood that was shed for us. How much more can you honor Christ then a simple red cup that symbolizes His blood. Everytime I drink a SB, it gives me reason to praise the Lord. I am thankful for the blood that was shed for me. Thank you SB for reminding us what the season is really about. I spinning this story to the power and glory of God. He makes himself known through the wonders of the universe. You think He can’t use a simple paper cup? After all, look at the publicity coming from this story. SB just have God some awesome advertisement.

  17. Yes–thank you for sharing this. I’ll be sharing. And buying a coffee for someone.😉 I’ve often also long thought it was silly to persecute people who work on Sunday yet the “church group” goes out to eat after church enjoying a nice meal someone had to work on??? Anyways, you hit the nail on the head. Kudos! We are here to love.

  18. I agree that there are other things that we, as Christians, need to focus on. So, let’s start by writing articles about those things (NOT what Christians are doing incorrectly by choosing to boycott Starbucks). It’s not very good form to write about what we are doing incorrectly for the whole world to see, when there are so many Christians doing what Jesus would have us do. We (Christians) get enough bad publicity, so let’s not add to it. Boycotting Starbucks doesn’t seem to be a pervasive problem in the Christian community. I understand that you might be using this to point out things in a broader context; however, maybe our articles should be written as what we should do and stay away from putting Christians in such a negative light.

    • Christians have already written about why they are doing it. It’s important for other Christians to present another side so that it’s clear not all Christians feel the same way. We shouldn’t be afraid of a little disagreement.

  19. Coffee cups are not a good reason for boycotting, however, an opportunity to witness. Starbucks, however, invited me not to shop with them because I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and they have stated they do not want my business. Also, they contribute to “planned parenthood” and I do not want any of my money going there! Fortunately, I like Dunkin Donut’s coffee better, anyway. 🙂

      • Actually, I would like to see all people have good health, even those who are pre-born. Is “The Affordable Health Care Act” not taking care of people the way it promised? Why is that?

    • PS – I’m sorry you didn’t realize that Dunkin Donuts also contributes to things like Planned Parenthood.
      I look forward to hearing the sound of your head esploding.

      • Ah, don’t tell her about Dunkin’ Donuts! Planned Parenthood, which spends over 97% of its funds on things like cancer screenings and simple health care, needs the money.

    • I did not know that Starbucks contributed to Planned Parenthood…
      Thank you for that information. I shall now go out of my way to go to Starbucks as often as possible, since I support Planned Parenthood and the good work they do. I know, since that organization was my ONLY source of female healthcare, for over 20 yrs. when I did not have insurance.

  20. This is crazy stuff. What does “snowflakes, ornaments and nature scenes” have to do with Christianity? If anything, plain red cups would be MORE representative – as in the simplicity of God’s love. Religious extremists are going to make me vote Democrate next year!!

    • Rita, please have some convictions and vote based on that…not on a bunch of flawed people and their religious freedom to express. It’s very tiring to read this type of logic.

    • Exactly! It isn’t even the fact that they are complaining about the lack of the word “Christ” or “Christmas,” which have not really been on Starbucks cups. Prior Starbucks cups had snowflakes, pine trees, and other features of winter. When did Christians appropriate these symbols? Other religions have winter holidays, most notably Jews and Pagans, on which the whole Christmas holiday is based, since Christ was born in March. (The Muslim holidays follow a lunar based calendar and so the holidays move their dates from year to year, although some occur in winter nevertheless.) When I first heard about this “controversy,” I thought it had to be a parody or a joke. Nope. I vote Democrat already, in part because of the usurpation of the Republican Party by religious conservatives and the lack of Jesus’s teachings (e.g., compassion, tolerance, humility) in “family values” policies. I am completely with you on this. I also like the sentiment of the post/blog very much.

  21. I pick treating one another with kindness, Emily and loved that paragraph four up from the bottom. The heart of the issue. Following Jesus’ way is what it is all about. Appreciate your taking time to theologize with us about differing ways of following Jesus’ way.

  22. This is very well put! A suggestion to those who have all this time on their hands to attack Starbucks or any other company they think are persecuting Christians over something as minor as this: Pick up a copy of Dr. Charles Stanley’s “The Spirit Filled Life” and read it.

  23. This is a very well thought out piece. Thanks for sharing. I’ve actually seen more articles from Christians “condemning” the boycotters than articles in favor of it. I really think it was basically just the one guy (with apparently way too much time on his hands) and enough people agreed with it and shared it that other people looked at it and said, “Look at what those crazy Christians are mad about now.” I hope the same people get a hold of rational responses like this and say, “Oh, okay, not all Christians are whiners with a persecution complex.”

  24. When I see the actions and hear the words of so many who call themselves Christians, I always think of the words of Mahatma (Great Soul) Gandhi: “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

  25. Funny, before Emily started pressing all these little triggers, I didn’t hear anything about the cups from so-called Christians. But hope Emily got all the attention she was looking for.

  26. Dear Emily, you could not be more wrong!!! It’s about time we –the saved– reclaim that which is rightfully ours. From now on, I claim for Christ the colors red AND green, Santa Claus, snow, eggnog, candy canes, pine trees, gift cards, tinsel, Jingle Bells, gingerbread, stockings, mistletoe, Rudolph, wrapped presents, and all the other essential elements of the Christian Faith! (Suck on that, you God-hating, Commie-loving, Starbucks-sipping, Allah-worshiping Democrats!)

  27. Thank you for bringing some sense of reason to the table. As a Christian, I am so sick and tired of everyone claiming persecution. Unless you live in some other country then the US, you have NO idea what persecution really is. We need to start treating EVERYONE as Jesus would want us to. We need to stop wasting time on frivolous things. We are making all Christians look like lunatics.

  28. This is a non-issue to me. Starbucks CEO said a year ago “if you don’t support gay marraige, we don’t want your business’, so I haven’t been there since. Any Christian who is living their faith wouldn’t be in Starbucks to even know their cups were red!

    • You are right Danielle. It doesn’t have to do with hatred. Starbucks asked those who believe in traditional marriage to stay away and I do not have to be asked twice.

      • You can believe in “traditional” marriage AND support gay marriage; the two are not mutually exclusive. You are just looking for reasons to complain about the activities of others that should not concern you. Being a Christian doesn’t give you the right to pontificate about how others live out their private lives. It gives believers a bad name.

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  30. I don’t understand why anyone would even take the time to write about this.. It is ridiculous. I have not seen or heard of any Christians getting upset about shit like this. And if they do, it can’t be more than a handful. I think articles like this just want to stir shit. You are never going to please all the people all the time…not ever. Big deal. I am so tired of people bickering over stupid shit.

    • Claudia, please don’t use profane language on my blog. But I am writing about this because I have seen too many posts about this on Facebook and I want people to know all Christians don’t feel the same way.

  31. Reblogged this on Interpreter of Inspiration and commented:
    I’m not a Christian, but I’ll reblog Emily’s words. Imagine a world where more people thought like this. If you find yourselves claiming the all mighty and holy snowflake as the symbol of Christ that is henceforth missing from your disposable cup, and you’re up in arms because of this horrid affront to your faith… you might just want to sit in a corner and think about your life and your priorities. Read this, again and again, until it sinks in.

    Love,
    Your friendly neighborhood agnostic pagan spiritualist

    *sips gingerbread latte*

  32. I have two thoughts I would like to present. First, I did like the article and believe it is needed to give us something to think about. There are times when, yes, I do deem it needful to speak out as a Christian, and other times that don’t seem so important. We have to chose those times, kind of like we do with our kids. If I were to punish my kids for every little thing they do wrong instead of focus on the really important things they should be punished for, what kind of message is that getting across to them? You have to choose what’s really important, and most of us who have kids understand that. In the same way, what good does it do to boycott or make a fuss about everything we think is done against Christians? If they were teaching my kids in school about gay marriage, you bet I’d stand up and be heard. Or not allowing them to say their own prayer at the lunch table at school. Same thing. But not putting Christian/religious things on Starbucks red cups just doesn’t seem so important. If we boycott everything and start suing people for everything we think they do to Christians, we become just like those who have started suing Christians left and right. Is that really the best way to spread the news of Jesus? The scripture I try to remember when I’m tempted to to say some sarcastic remark to someone (I can be quite sarcastic if I’m not careful) or call names is this: 1 Peter 2:”21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: 22 “Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth”;
    23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.” We should all post this scripture where we can see it every day and try to live accordingly. God be with us all.

  33. I agree with the article. Also, I’d like to point out something that a dear Christian friend pointed out to me years ago. X-mas does not equal taking Christmas out of Christmas. In ancient times, that X actually represented Christ. It’s not ex-ing Christ out of Christmas, but rather using a shorter, ancient representation. It is our modern usage of X to cross things out causing confusion.

    Back to the red cups. I like them. They’re cheery and festive. I also don’t take offense to hearing Happy Holidays (it’s all inclusive). Heck, I don’t care if you wish me Happy Hanukkah or Happy Kwanzaa! I’ll likely wish it right back to you.

  34. So many people enjoy this holiday. I am wondering why we have to argue about coffee and color of cups? Be happy you can enjoy a cup. It does nothing to save or reject you as a person. Maybe you can explore your friendship and spread some cheer instead of criticism. By the way, I am a Christian but I am thinking that honey is better than bitter thoughts.

  35. Wasted my time reading this article…dont want to read anything else of Emily’s…Christmas should be celebrated not denounced in every avenue by non Christians as always, even Emily.

  36. According to Scripture, believers are to have God’s word “on our lips and in our hearts;” not on paper cups (or courtroom walls, or billboards, etc.) It is the Church that is called to proclaim the Gospel, but it seems that the Church wants everyone else – the government, Starbucks, and such – to do it for us. This article is spot on!

    • It was a little hard for me to believe Emily really believes her words because she felt the need to show the world her Christian faith by wearing the green around her neck. Why does she do that? Because folks, we humans are “visual” people. Yes, it would be great if all of us just woke up in the morning ready to “share our good fortune.” But we are all sinners and with that comes the ability to forget others. Visual clues greatly help us to get in the mood of giving. We all know a visual of a little child in need is going to draw us in the right direction. Even a Christmas cup. Yes Emily, Starbuck’s decision to change their Christmas cup isn’t going to wipe out Christianity but to us Christians it’s another slap on the face. Yes, Jesus said to turn and offer your other cheek but Jesus also said enough is enough while he was in the temple. Emily said you would not “got to hell” if you to starbucks. Emily has spoken.

      • Just to clarify, that picture with the “green around the neck” is a picture of me right after I finished preaching in my church (not Starbucks). I just like that shot of me more than any others for the blog.

        • Emily, it is an awesome picture of you not just because you look nice but because it is an immediate visual that you love God. We humans need that, as well as, other visuals that represent Jesus. Our eyes are a direct link to our heart. (And, yes blind people have a heart). A Merry Christmas Starbucks cup, even if Starbucks doesn’t believe, would be an acknowledgment to Christians and their faith during our Holy season. We Christians are like frogs. You can slowly boil the frog to the point he doesn’t realize he is in danger. That is what is happening to Christians. God Bless You and Yours.

          • Many faiths have a holy season this time of year. Should Starbucks have Merry Christmas cups, and Happy Hanukkah cups, and Ramadan Mubarak cups, and Happy Kwanzaa cups, and Blessed Yule cups? Or should we all focus on celebrating our holy season according to the tenants of our own faiths and not try to force secular entities to pick one at the expense of all others?

            • Exactly. When I was working in retail, I started wishing people “happy holidays” because even as a christian, I didn’t know their religion or beliefs. Maybe they were atheist! Anyway, Freedom of religion is a besutiful thing and while I believe in Christ and celebrate Christmas, not everyine does but that doesn’t make them wrong or me any less Christian.

      • //Starbuck’s decision to change their Christmas cup isn’t going to wipe out Christianity but to us Christians it’s another slap on the face.//

        You appear to believe that you have the right to impose your religious views on everyone, and any company who doesn’t fall into line with your demands is guilty of “a slap in the face”. What planet are you on? In your country, there is a church on every corner, they don’t pay taxes and Christians are in a very significant majority. Your pathetic whining about the design of a coffee cup makes you look foolish. If your faith can’t take that “slap in the face”, then it’s very shaky in the first place. As it should be, given the total lack of credible evidence for your god.

        • Wow, someone didn’t have their coffee this morning. Per your words that Christians are a significant majority. If that is true then we Christians would be foolish not to use our votes against people who are out to destroy what the majority believes. Remember believing in nothing is still believing in something and the nothing people are constantly trying to push their agenda. Then yell at Christians for pushing for theirs. I don’t like the nothing belief and why should the majority keep their mouths shut to make you happy. Not going to happen so get in the Christmas spirit. It is around the corner.

          • //Remember believing in nothing is still believing in something//

            I don’t think you understand quite how ridiculous that sounds. But try. Please.

            //and the nothing people are constantly trying to push their agenda//

            And what “agenda” would that be. Please feel free to try to tell me what my agenda is. This should be interesting . . . . .

            Oh, and, just for the record, atheists do not believe in any gods. That does NOT mean they believe in “nothing”. It means they do not believe in any gods. Period.

          • Not toeing the line your religion seems to feel all should toe is NOT the same as being “out to destroy” what you believe. I just means that whoever (or whatever, even a business) has decided not to go along with you. that’s it.

            Are you seriously positing that the lack of ice skates on a coffee cup is an attempt to destroy Christianity? Seriously? *smh

      • But Starbucks has *never* had any references to Jesus on their holiday-themed paper cups. Last year it was snowflakes or snowmen or something. Also, their design changes every year, sometimes including more images and sometimes including fewer.

        How is a red cup a “slap on the face”? It’s still acknowledging the holiday season and it’s not choosing one faith to represent over any other. Why do you find it so offensive?

  37. Mostly great article with a caveat:
    Thanksgiving is not a holiday about thanking God, it’s a holiday about genocide. I’m not saying I won’t eat turkey, but it’s not a happy holiday for the people who were already here when “we” got here. What are we thanking God for, manifest destiny?

    • That’s a cynical view, Joseph. While I share your disdain for the harsh and horrible abuse of native Americans, your indictment of the Christian tradition of Thanksgivng is misplaced at best and unfounded at worst. Cynicism aside, the sentiments in Ms. Heath’s essay speak volumes about the conflict between shallow materialism and meaningful and genuine humanity. We can notmake a claim that we have advanced much beyond those pioneers who upheld Christian beliefs while forcibly relocating native Americans to dry and dusty Oklahoma. Our spiritual nature makes us question the morality of our thoughts and behavior. Society, in the author’s view needs to reassess its priorities—–not just this holiday season—-but each day we live. Good vs Evil doesn’t precisely describe our shortcomings, but is not too distant from it.

      • Thanksgiving is not a Christian holiday. It’s an AMERICAN holiday. As not all Americans are Christians, perhaps you might consider NOT claiming the one holiday (other than the 4th of July) that applies to ALL of us.

        That said, yes, horrible things were done to the Native Americans while we were stealing the entire country from them by doing our best to commit wholesale genocide.

        As for your implication that we are and always have been a Christian country, you are either choosing to ignore the wealth of history which clearly states otherwise, or have not bothered to actually become aware of same (as is absolutely your right). The fact remains that we did what we did, and we would probably do it again, given opportunity and lack of oversight. That’s not, however, the point of the author’s post, as you very rightly pointed out.

        At the end of the day, we’re talking about paper cups. Red and green paper cups (the traditional Christmas colors). And lest we forget, Starbucks cups of previous years HAVE NOT been Christmasy. They’ve NEVER had Jesus’ name, or a manger scene, or crosses on them. NOT EVER.

        They have had snowflakes. Ice skates. Snowmen. Odd looking cars. Birds and stars and ribbon bows (and the occasional tree ornament, one year).

        Not having those things, which are entirely secular in nature, is in no way an attack on Christmas or an attempt to strip Jesus from the season.

        I suspect the people who are spreading that ridiculous supposition have too much time on their hands (and possibly watch too much of a particular network).

        The author of this piece is entirely correct. Instead of going on about this non-issue, those people might want to consider volunteering somewhere and displaying their Christian values — those of caring and helping their fellow man.

        Apologies for this exceptionally long post. This whole thing just irks me no end.*

        *As always, this post expresses only my opinions. I neither ask not expect everybody to agree. Thanks.

          • I do believe this is where the comment comes from:
            “And it seems to me that people of faith, people who should be keenly aware of the grace God has given us, should be focused on the holiday that is coming up in just a few weeks: the one where we say “thank you, God”.”

        • Thanksgiving is a holiday of giving thanks, and if it werent for God, we would have nothing to be thankful for.. so, we can deduce that as a Christian, Thanksgiving is a Christian holiday!!!

          • Nope. Thanksgiving is and has been celebrated by all people of all religions in the U.S. (and not celebrated at all by those who are opposed to the holiday, a group which is — again — made up of all sort from all different religions).

            That being the case, your argument seems to be that because you’re a Christian and celebrate Thanksgiving, that makes it a Christian holiday.

            In case that actually makes sense to you, let’s try this: My friend is a Muslim and third generation American. He celebrates Thanksgiving. Therefor, Thanksgiving is a Muslim holiday.

            Yeah, that doesn’t make sense either, does it?

            So. Thanksgiving is an entirely SECULAR holiday, which Americans of ALL religions celebrate (or not), according to their desire to do so. Not because it is in any way associated with a particular god/belief system.

            If Thanksgiving were a Christian holiday, Christians all over the world — not just in the U.S., and not just Americans — would celebrate it. Which is NOT the case. So.

            Secular holiday. Which in no way means you aren’t allowed to pray or thank god or whatever else you choose. You just can’t claim Thanksgiving for your own religion when it’s not a religious event.

    • Well then, if you want to go that far about Thanksgiving then we should say what Christmas is really about. The day we celebrate Christmas has more to do with appropriating a Pagan holiday because the Vatican didn’t like a festivity and celebrating. More and more Biblical scholars have come to the conclusion that Jesus was actually born in June, not December.

      But all this is not the point. We have forgotten what these holidays are supposed to represent. Thanksgiving is for being thankful for the many blessings we have in our lives. Christmas is for being charitable and loving to our neighbors. If your faith hinges on what design is on a coffee cup then your faith was never strong in the first place.

  38. This is a non story. What Christian is mad about the red cups? This is either fished for or completely fabricated.

      • Really EVERY CHRISTIAN. I am Christian and didn’t even realize.. Maybe post something that is not judgement. Christianity has a very wide spectrum of levels of beliefs. So you are saying every Christian. This article alone is HORRIBLE and would make me not want to go to Starbucks, not the cups… maybe worry about bigger issues

          • This is the first time I have heard about this story. I watch Fox news. I am a Christian. This story, in my Christian circle, means absolutely nothing to us. In fact, when the SB CEO expressed his feelings towards conservative principles, I decided that I don’t need coffee anymore. The liberal position is to shut down or marginalize businesses with which they don’t agree with. Were any of you here who are admonishing Christians today asking for the voice of reason back when liberal America was going off on Chick-fil-A?

        • Check out YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. I was shocked when I read a couple of FB posts, so did some exploring. I like the cups. Starbucks markets their coffee and their experience. Their customers are anyone and everyone. In the past it’s been snowmen and Santas and “holiday” scenes. What’s the difference? This is crazy! I am a Christian. My faith has nothing to do with Starbucks or Target or any other purveyor. And, I always say Merry Christmas, and I could care less what anyone else says. Sorry, Darrell, this isn’t really about what you posted, I just went on a rant.

      • Loved the article. Spot on. As a person in touch with my spirituality and who prefers to pull a little wisdom from all faiths (particularly the more mystical teachings) to include Buddhism and good old fashioned human decency, I first thought the original headline was going to be about Americans outrage over an emvironmental issue and stupid plastic cups. Seems to me THAT should be a real Christian and otherwise human concern – what we are doing to this planet supposedly created by God!!

      • In order for there to be a war there needs to be two sides antagonizing… Santa Claus is a bigger icon for Christmas then Christ…. Yet non-Christians (The Warriors of Asshattery) seem to be offended by the term “Christmas” do you REALLY think all these companies and organizations would be sooo trigger shy to include the word Christmas, if they didn’t feel nervous about protests and other crap, the same as Starbucks is getting by the Asshats on the other side of the argument. I’m sorry but to “create” a society where companies are afraid to MAKE a Christmas logo for fear of reprisal and then to complain about the extremists on the other side going off because a company decided to try and “play it safe” to me is an Asshattery of it’s own. Reality is not being served if you see this as a one sided argument. The Red cups are to me a neon sign of apathy…. and to be honest if you want a GOOD cup of Coffee you’d be at Wawa anyway.

    • Why shouldn’t they be allowed to complain about it? I think it is worse to complain about them complaining… But then again, maybe the only thing worse than complaing about them complaining, is my complaints about you complaining that they are complaining.

      I hope no one complains about this comment.

    • In order for there to be a war there needs to be two sides antagonizing… Santa Claus is a bigger icon for Christmas then Christ…. Yet non-Christians (The Warriors of Asshattery) seem to be offended by the term “Christmas” do you REALLY think all these companies and organizations would be sooo trigger shy to include the word Christmas, if they didn’t feel nervous about protests and other crap, the same as Starbucks is getting by the Asshats on the other side of the argument. I’m sorry but to “create” a society where companies are afraid to MAKE a Christmas logo for fear of reprisal and then to complain about the extremists on the other side going off because a company decided to try and “play it safe” to me is an Asshattery of it’s own. Reality is not being served if you see this as a one sided argument. The Red cups are to me a neon sign of apathy…. and to be honest if you want a GOOD cup of Coffee you’d be at Wawa anyway.

  39. I think you are trying, REALLY REALLY hard to be cool and to fit in; thought for you – Jesus wasn’t cool…he didn’t try to be cool or to fit in; and he was murdered for this…we are to be the sandpaper – your little red Starbucks cup has no significance one way or the other. And your thoughts here do absolutely nothing to edify the kingdom nor to further the cause of our precious Savior.

      • In order for there to be a war there needs to be two sides antagonizing… Santa Claus is a bigger icon for Christmas then Christ…. Yet non-Christians (The Warriors of Asshattery) seem to be offended by the term “Christmas” do you REALLY think all these companies and organizations would be sooo trigger shy to include the word Christmas, if they didn’t feel nervous about protests and other crap, the same as Starbucks is getting by the Asshats on the other side of the argument. I’m sorry but to “create” a society where companies are afraid to MAKE a Christmas logo for fear of reprisal and then to complain about the extremists on the other side going off because a company decided to try and “play it safe” to me is an Asshattery of it’s own. Reality is not being served if you see this as a one sided argument. The Red cups are to me a neon sign of apathy…. and to be honest if you want a GOOD cup of Coffee you’d be at Wawa anyway.

        • So non-Christians are the “warriors of asshattery”. What a pleasant, loving “Christian” you are. You manage to dismiss every single non-Christian in 3 words. Judging? Hmmmm . . . . . .

          //The Red cups are to me a neon sign of apathy//
          No, they are a sign of red cups. You read far too much into a simple design. Your religion is nowhere near as important as you think it is. There is no problem with being apathetic about your religion; only for you and other Christians. it doesn’t matter to anyone else, and there are billions of other people on the planet who are just as entitled to their beliefs as you are.

        • Oh – and I am not in the least bit offended by “Christmas”, and I think that those who feel this way are shallow and unworthy of much respect.

        • One thing many who read the Bible forget is that almost all of it was written to and for the people alive at that time. [Caveat: except direct quotations of Jesus of Nazareth and Revelation]. If you doubt this, read the crap about menstruating women from the OT. Therefore, when you read the Bible, including the bulk of the NT, remember you are reading what a human being thought, NOT what God said. And let’s face it. Prognostication was not the strong suit of most Biblical authors. So when Timothy says, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution,” he was not speaking to those in 2015 AD. He was speaking to those alive and reading his words in his lifetime, and for them those words were true. They are not true today. As the Rev Heath stated, “there’s nothing easier than being a Christian in America.”

    • Huh. What was that about? I don’t see anyone trying to be cool. I see someone gently reminding us to get back to the real thing instead of the minutiae. And I really appreciate that. I thought this was written very humbly and honestly.

  40. Rita, Religious Extremists and the Tea Party are the two of the best reasons I know to vote Democrat. The other reasons are that I agree with them on most issues. Jim Paris, Chattanooga Tennessee

  41. Yes but the author of article has it wrong. It’s not the cups. For whatever reason someone started the rumor that Starbucks told their employees they couldn’t say Merry Christmas. That’s why ppl where putting merry Christmas as their names so employees would then have to say it. I guess it was a prank that many ppl (including myself) believed. Research first… Get to the root of it.. Then write your article.

  42. I am curious about your conclusion. How did you assess this fact? What sort of variables did you use? What was your field of study? How many people did you poll? Were all truthful and stating they were in fact a Christian? Did you use facebook, instagram, twitter, blogs,etc? What is your definition of some? Some can be defined as an unknown number, was your number misleading? I am curious to how many people you polled. I am a Christian and you did not ask me. I like the red cups and never have given it another thought. However, I think maybe you could write a post about the need for stopping the sex trafficking trade in the United States. Since you seem to have a platform with multiple viewers, that would be a good place to start. How about a link to donations for homeless, starving people? Maybe even a piece about animal shelters at Christmas? I am just full of suggestions. My belief if you focus on the negative you get the negative…in fact, I think you get what you expect…..I expect better! Just my thoughts on your post.

    • My sister attended a youth game today. The Starbucks cup were discussed by a large group behind her. They turned to her and told her she should not buy anything from this “Godless” business. She told the m that she disagreed with them. She said there were at least 12 of them. This is happening.

    • Do you hold all blog posts to the standard of peer-reviewed publications?

      Do a Google News search for “Starbucks cup controversy”. You’ll get thousands of hits from multiple outlets. It’s also a trending topic on Facebook. Demanding that the author does her own separate research on something that has already been established through multiple outlets misses the point of this piece. *You* may not have a problem with the Starbucks cups, but it has already been demonstrated that others *do*. This blog entry puts forward the author’s *opinion* on those who are so preoccupied by the color of their coffee cup that they have apparently forgotten how to be decent to other people.

      Lastly, this is one blog post out of many. I find it unreasonable to accuse the author of focusing only on negativity or of not posting enough about social issues from only reading one post.

  43. Reblogged this on france59's Ramblings and commented:
    I haven’t blogged in a while as life has kept me busy. But, I took some time to read this blog post and LOVED it. I would like to know this person. What an inspiration. Thank you, Emily C. Heath, for expressing so succinctly what I was feeling about the Red Cup issue, which really shouldn’t be an issue at all. And, Emily, Happy Thanksgiving! In fact, Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

  44. Thank you, Emily. I get so tired of the “War Against Christmas” rallying cry. As a Christian, I really don’t care whether you say “Merry Christmas”, “Happy Holidays” or simply “Have a nice day” to me. Maybe you celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanza. I’m okay with whatever greeting you prefer as long as we’re being civil to one another. I would also like to point out that there are Christians who don’t celebrate Christmas because they consider it a Pagan holiday. They probably have no problem with the cups and would rather people didn’t pitch a fit in the name of Christianity. To each his own.

  45. What really gets me about this is they are acting as though there was ever actual CHRISTIAN symbols or words on the cups to begin with. Wasted energy, wasteful rage over non-existent slights. Seriously the only war I see being waged is Christians against common sense and real Christian duty.

  46. What is Christmas? It is a “Pagan” holiday! The most common justification that one will hear regarding Christmas is that people have replaced old pagan customs and intents by asserting that they are now “focusing on Christ.” Many say that they are “honoring Christ” in their Christmas-keeping. The problem is that God does not say this is acceptable to Him! Actually, He plainly commands against it! Keeping Christmas dishonors Christ! He considers everything about it to be an abomination! We will soon see why.

    Christ said, “But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matt. 15:9). Christmas is not a command of God—it is a tradition of men. Christ continued, “Full well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition” (Mark 7:9). Every year, throughout the world, on December 25th, hundreds of millions do just that!

    We will see that God plainly commands, “Follow not the way of the heathen.” But most people do not fear God, and He allows them to make their own decisions. Human beings are free moral agents—free to obey or disobey God! But woe to those who ignore the plain Word of God!

    • Thanks for quoting scripture. It’s something long articles and rhetorical cannot replace. I agree that the ways of old and current ways of man do not explicitly and justly represent what it means to be a Christian. I am thinking though that a greater understanding should be found: instead of saying, “Christ says don’t follow pagan ways of any sort!” understand that pagan or heathen people were finding ways to survive season after season. An evergreen tree to them may have represented that there is life all through winter, heartiness through struggles. With winters I have experienced in the NE, this is a serious symbol of hope. I think Christ meant to abandon the godless or idol worship ways of some pagan/heathen groups. As far as the modern gifting obsession, it can be a reminder of how Christ was given gifts by as a newborn. In a deeper sense, how we have nothing without the gifts of God. It is difficult to remember this as a young person even having grown up in the church. For modern families it can be a time to reevaluate what each individual has and may need or desire and it can be a time to put off making purchases until Christmas. This takes planning and can reveal ways in which a person in spending in excess in one area and lacking in other supplies/necessities. It’s a frame of mind that has to be developed; or has been lost! Many can run to the store in winter weather, but others know to stock and be ready for days of not leaving the home. To me it is a reminder to not take advantage of any kind of easy breezy survival through modern invention, instead to take the time to carefully resist some temptations and indulge in others, like eating plenty to keep my energy high (for scraping ice, digging through snow, staying warm..)

  47. [Eph 4:1-7 NKJV] 1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 [There is] one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

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  49. That was a good article. It’s like what Paul Washer says about true persecution versus American Christianity. A kid in the Middle East died in a pool of his own blood for refusing to deny Jesus. Yet, in the U.S. it is considered persecution to be ridiculed for wearing a Christian t-shirt. This article also reminds me of a few years ago. Amongst all the circulated stories of the “war on Christmas” there was a story of a village in the Middle East. While the focus here was on the persecution at the hands of cashiers saying “happy holidays” or nothing rather than “merry Christmas,” this story was reported once but then buried. A man told of his village being burned, houses being burned, people being beaten and/or killed for their faith in Christ. He said they were grateful for the little bit of lights they could display to honor the Lord. He said they would continue to honor Him no matter what happened.

    • True persecution verses Amcerican Christianity?! You do know America’s history and how WE came to be… By your so called true persecution our ancestors or at least mine endored. Don’t ever compare us again to the middle east like our country wasn’t established with out sacrifice. We fought for religious freedom! Unfortunately, we’ve gone away from God and it’s a new fight of morality and loosing all that was fought and sacrificed to have this great country. Conviction. Many of you here lack it.

  50. I am a Christian and couldn’t care less about a cup and what colour it is tbh. In fact, I am a Christian and don’t believe Jesus was born on Christmas Day; so, I simply celebrate family. Jesus is to be celebrated everyday.
    Let me tell you this though. It’s not the cup. The cup is just a placemat for the real issue. MOST Americans and Canadians don’t want their culture ultered because it’s been demanded of us. It starts with the small things and escalates from there.

  51. Perfectly said. Sometimes it’s hard to believe what some Christians will say is a “war on Christianity”. Sorry but as a Christian, I just don’t see how every little thing is attacking my faith and persecuting me. I know where I stand with my beliefs and hopefully what people see of my beliefs in me is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance, all shown outwardly and happily shared with others. Just because “the world” celebrates Christmas in one way, doesn’t mean that I have to celebrate it the way society does or that I need to feel threatened because I choose to celebrate my way. After all, I don’t “have” to let the beliefs of others threaten or change my beliefs, or the other way around. So those loud few ranting about every little thing being a persecution of Christians need to take into consideration instead of crying “Oh poor us…”, perhaps using the season as an opportunity to reach out to others and show them the love our Lord and Savior has for all God’s children, all we have to do is look to Him. I also wish the persecution conspiracy theorists would pay attention to actual Christian persecution in some parts of the world and pray for those individuals that truly need the support of brothers and sisters in faith and the protection from God.

  52. Thank you for an intelligent, short and humorous article that really gets to the heart of the matter. I feel very deeply about Christians who are murdered in the Mideast; I worry about black church in Missouri being burned; I am very concerned about our country and the world growing ever more focused on money, and neglectful of starving and homeless people. But the design on a cup? Whether somebody says Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas? I think we need to grow up and realize that, even though we Christians are a 70% majority in the USA, we cannot force the other 30% to be what we want them to be. Again, thank you.

    • How is writing Merry Christmas on a cup acting unloving? What if as a Chritian I want my cup to say Merry Christmas for,all to see instead of my name. Maybe all should try to be loving instead of judgmental hyp’s.

      • It seems like the guy who is asking them to write “Merry Christmas” on cups is trying to trick baristas into saying it. And, really, I don’t think baristas care that much either way. Why not just write it on your own cup once you get it? No one is really going to care.

      • Ronlyn Griggs – consider bringing a Sharpie marker with you for when you purchase one of those red cups. Then you can quickly write anything you want on your cup. For instance, my cup might say: The definition of “holiday” is “holy day”. Let us celebrate with love.

  53. Some of us remember when Jesus was celebrated in this country, and mourn the loss. It really isn’t all about me, or what I need. It is about what the country needs. And in particular, Starbucks could use a shot of Jesus.

    • No one is stopping you and your family to decorate your home, send out cards, wish others merry Christmas, go to church, put a creche on your lawn or a cross and Jesus! Why are Starbucks coffee cups necessary for you to have a Merry Christmas?? No one is taking anything away from you!

  54. I find this article condescending. What if, just what if someone wants to see the words Merry Christmas on their cup? What if the christian consumer likes to see that around the Christmas celebratory months? If they act on their own and ask for Starbucks, who writes on cups, to write Merry Christmas, why is that suddenly anti-loving and losing sight of God’s will for mankind? If you are a christian I would think one would be encouraged by other believers wanting Merry Christmas to be highlighted instead of buried. We have enough of that. Open your eyes and look around you.

    • Will Starbucks also have cups for the holidays of every religious group? Really, do Christians really need to have “Merry Christmas” printed on their cups in order to have a Merry Christmas? Anyway, it’s not even Advent. If we want to be faithful to tradition there would be no celebration of Christmas at all until the actually season of Christmas in the church year starts on December 25th.

    • ” What if, just what if someone wants to see the words Merry Christmas on their cup?” Then write it yourself on your own cup! Or, better yet, bring in your own printed coffee cup for the barrista to use! You won’t feel offended AND you’ll help the environment Win-Win!

    • I’ll agree with this when I see “have a rad Rosh Hashanah , “delightful Diwali”, “reflective Ramadan” , etc…

  55. I just wish some people would understand what the origin of the word holiday is. I have friends that refuse to say Happy Holidays because they think people are trying to take Christ out of Christmas. Read this…..
    The word holiday comes from the Old English word hāligdæg (hālig “holy” + dæg “day”).[1] The word originally referred only to special religious days. In modern use, it means any special day of rest or relaxation, as opposed to normal days away from work or school.

    • I’m a business major and from a company standpoint you have to look at the fact that not just Christians shop, eat or get coffee. If you use cups that say Happy Holidays you cater to the broad spectrum of different faiths. I’ve seen cashiers get funny looks after they said Merry Christmas to someone they didn’t know was Jewish. What would someone say if they went for a cup of coffee and their cup said Happy Hanukkah? It’s not just about pleasing the nonbelievers.

  56. Brava!! Glad to see a christian clergy addressing this issue. The other stupid Christmas 2015 issue is the mall who put Santa in an ice-age setting of some kind and people got upset that it wasn’t “Chirtmassy” enough! It’s Santa Claus not a menorah, folks! I am not Christian and my kids don’t sit on Santa’s lap whether there is a Christmas tree there or not.

    Decorate you house however you like – old timey or modern.

    The backlash was all about the mall getting “too PC” 1 It infuriates me! it’s a MALL, not a church!

    • Santa Claus- actually, has nothing to do with the Christian celebration of Christmas. It is a man made tradition- Truly, we should be celebrating and remembering the birth of Christ all throughout the year- not just waiting until advent- another man made tradition. And, yes, I can have a Merry Christmas without anyone saying the words to me. But, on the flip side, Christians and Christ are being discriminated against not only in the world as a whole, but in this county of ours as well. Keep telling Christians to be quiet- and soon, they won;t have a choice but to be quiet. It is a larger problem than one might like it to be. We should love our neighbor- but we should also stand up for our beliefs- we just ned to find the appropriate balance. In a perfect world, that would be possible. But, we do not live in a perfect world. No matter what we say someone will find it offensive. My goal is not to be perfect in the eyes of the world, but to do my best (sinful as I am) to live up to the expectations of My Savior. I don’t often reach my goal, but I continue to try none the less.

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  58. Whereas I’m not especially religious – i do consider myself a non-practicing Christian. We don’t have to attend church weekly, or espouse our beliefs to every stranger on the street to believe. That said — this whole happy holidays thing is just stupid. I’m not complaining about this over religious reasons – i’m complaining over the intentional tearing down of our time honored traditions in this country. Re-examining is fine – adding and enriching – even better. But to turn Christmas into just another day, robs children and the future of our nation of a time-honored tradition that encourages peace, and kindness. Not only that but sharing. As Americans, we learned how to share around the table during these family dinners – we learned how to give (unfortunately a lot of people think it’s about receiving). It’s not just about the religious aspect of this Holiday, but it’s also about coming together as a culture and a society. Something we are sorely lacking these days. We’re turning into a baby culture, worrying about someone getting offended. If you don’t want to participate, just don’t participate. I’ve never been a big New Year’s fan – other than a plate of cheese and crackers, and the big apple dropping – but I don’t go around all Bah Hambug between Christmas and New Year’s Day. It’s about being kind to one another — saying Happy Holidays is an intentional slap in the face to those who feel the importance of Christmas – for religious reasons or not. I’d be more than happy to say Happy Hannukah or Happy Ramadan to someone that I know would be celebrating those holidays.

  59. Ms. Heath, I am not a Christian, although I was raised in a household of Christ. No church but on the holidays or when we were with family, but I was taught right from wrong and how to conduct myself as any good person should, regardless of religion. And I just have to say thank you for this article, this meaningful response that brings my own thoughts to words that I couldn’t form. It has been a very, very long time since I have heard anyone of a Christian background stand up for other religions rights to diversity or reassure people of the Christian faith that they are not in the minority, and that they are not being persecuted. Thank you. So much. You can’t begin to realize what this means to me. There is still hope that we can all live in peace together. Blessed be.

  60. Ms. Heath, I am not a Christian, although I was raised in a household of Christ. No church but on the holidays or when we were with family, but I was taught right from wrong and how to conduct myself as any good person should, regardless of religion. And I just have to say thank you for this article, this meaningful response that brings my own thoughts to words that I couldn’t form. It has been a very, very long time since I have heard anyone of a Christian background stand up for other religions rights to diversity or reassure people of the Christian faith that they are not in the minority, and that they are not being persecuted. Thank you. So much. You can’t begin to realize what this means to me. There is still hope that we can all live in peace together. From a Wiccan to a Christian, Blessed Be.

  61. Let’s face it, Christmas for most people is a holiday, an excuse for celebration. In multi-cultural society, what God – or no God – has little to do with it – and Christians getting vexed about it could do better than to get sucked into corporate exploitation of the season. A less cynical view would be that the brand trying to appear inclusive. Or just a cost cutting measure. Either way. It seems like we’re all talking about Starbucks. They don’t even need a slogan on their red cups to be recognisable. Whose winning?

  62. I’m a Christian and I could go into a Starbucks and tell them my name is “Merry Christmas” and what would be on my cup? I wish all Christains would worry as much about doing research on the candidates and voting this year. Smh

  63. I find it very strange that Christians feel entitled to monopolize a season of the year, especially when the background isn’t Christian but pagan in origin. I feel perfectly free to choose how and what I celebrate without anyone’s approval. I owe no explanation, I have nothing to feel bad about. I don’t mind if someone says, “Merry Christmas”, or prefers to wish me a non-confrontational politically correct “Happy Holidays”. I tend to take it with the intention that it’s usually given in – care for a fellow human being. If a Christian is self-righteous enough to believe I have to share their beliefs then they have missed the point of their own belief system. In the Christian belief God gave man the power to choose. Christ himself asked people to choose him. He didn’t say, “You must”. Some would argue that there are in fact consequences for not choosing that path. But to them I’d sincerely like to point out that it’s really none of their business. If my eternal soul is none of your business, certainly how I celebrate a holiday is equally none of your business. If you are offended, that’s your business. I don’t walk around trying to offend people, I don’t require people to believe what I believe. I have no intention to fire off angry Facebook posts demanding that people shouldn’t go to Starbucks because they are disrespecting Tammuz on his birthday (yes December 25th).

  64. Interesting. This is the first post I’ve seen on the topic on Facebook. It showed up as a follow-up article on Simon Malls not including Christmas trees in their photos with Santa display. As a Republican, my feed is filled with news from right-wing sites yet not one article have I seen but this one. Apparently this is a liberal issue. Certainly I cannot afford coffee from Starbucks. My coffee made at home is good enough for me…and – BONUS! – I can drink it from any mug I choose. Have a happy day all.

    P.S. My full name is not necessarily to post and the author’s arrogance of demanding is as silly and ridiculous as her article attacking and judging others.

    • Your full name is the least you can offer when you choose to share your opinions on someone else’s post. It’s a sign that you are willing to engage with integrity. Also, FoxNews seems to be the first outlet who reported on this, so clearly it’s not a liberal issue. I’m letting this comment full, but will delete any others from you that don’t have your full name.

  65. I couldn’t bring myself to read all of the comments by others. From what I could tell, most were just looking for someone with whom to argue. As for comments about were people really upset about the cups, it just made the “speed feed” on Good Morning America.
    I don’t rely on retailers to support my Christian faith. I am able to find that support elsewhere. I try not to disrespect others’ religious or non-religious views, just as I expect the same courtesy.
    I enjoyed this article and pretty much agree with what I think Emily was trying to say.

  66. These modern day red-cup-bashing Pharisees give Christianity a bad name. I see people like them ranting and raving about their Christian privilege and understand why no one wants to convert into this faith.

  67. Yes the holiday where we say “thank you god” oh the holiday we all celebrate for the genocide of the native Americans and the taking of the land lololol but food is nice

    • I do agree that Americans must be aware of the genocidal horrors we have perpetuated. I also think any day is a proper day to say “thank you” to God. It just strikes me as ironic that so many Christians skip over Thanksgiving these days. Perhaps on Thanksgiving we can remember the pain inflicted on Native Americans and give thanks for the ability we have to work for justice for them.

  68. Being myself a Christian, I don’t expect unbelievers to participate in Christmas. What I don’t like is when unbelievers celebrate what they don’t believe in. Or try to make it something else so they have something to celebrate.t the fact they changed their cups tells me they don’t want to miss out on sales from any group.

  69. I enjoy this article, especially looking in from the outside as a member of a non-traditional faith. I have seen many kindhearted, open-minded Christians, and I have also seen my fair share of Christians with a sense of exclusive, distasteful, entitlement that has actually weathered away the loving stereotypes Christianity once had. Yes, December is a month geared around a Christian Holiday, Christmas, but it’s also the same time of year some other religions and faiths have large Sabbats, such as Yule, Hanukkah, and the like. When people wish each other “Happy Holidays,” they’re merely wishing each other THAT, with expressed knowledge that Christianity isn’t the sole religion with a holiday in that month, and one should not assume that everyone they pass by is, in fact, Christian.
    There are more important things to focus on than whether or not your religion is being attacked because of a lack of symbolism being incorporated into products and merchandise world-wide. What matters most is that we do what we can to help one another, especially in times of need. If you want someone to convert to and embrace your faith, then perhaps the most powerful message that you can send to them is that yours is a faith that is open, accepting, honest, and strong. If you’re afraid your faith will crumble under the weight of cups that do not bear the image of your Messiah, or words spoken in public, then you may need to strengthen your own faith instead of faltering to these occurances.
    Remember, God, in whatever image and/or name you do or do not worship them as, is an entity thought to have immeasurable ability and strength, perhaps even to have had that strength to create each of us. This means that God will not be forgotten over red cups and open-minded speech. God will not be erased or shaken if you don’t boycott a company just because they were not symbolically placed on merchandise. However, a Christian God would most likely see where your attention and efforts are being focused, and take note if you spend more time fighting people for not embracing him as you do than helping those in need, loving others, being charitable and kind, and living by all of the other standards written in God’s name.
    Certainly a good Christian shall not be shaken by the presence of other beliefs and images, but should truly look at them as an affirmation of their own faith. Because with all the other beliefs in our world, if you do not falter in following your own, then perhaps your God truly does exist in your heart- and THAT is what I thought it took to make into into the kingdom of Heaven.

  70. Amen, if just for this:

    But maybe, for at least some of us who are Christians, there’s another way. One where we don’t overlook the celebration of gratitude that comes later this month. And one that doesn’t overshadow the season of Advent, a time when Christians are asked to prepare their hearts that Christ may be born in the anew. One where we are asked to focus on hope, peace, joy, and love.

    In a world where so much pain exists, that is hard to do. And that is even harder when we focus our energy in the wrong places. If we are outraged, we should be outraged at a world where violence is rampant, where children still starve, where people are displaced from their homes, and where veterans are homeless on the streets. We should be taking Jesus’ command to love every child of God seriously. And we should stop wasting our time complaining about coffee cups that don’t acknowledge his birthday.

    Because, seriously, do you think Jesus would rather we remember his birthday by putting it on a coffee cup that’s going in the trash? Or would he rather we remember it by no longer treating one another as disposable?

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  72. I love your article. What I am finding funny is the people commenting… People wanna talk about war on christianity, what about war on any beliefs… I’m not Christian I am pagan and proud. On many occasions I have left work and school having things carved into my car like, “die witch” “you shall burn at the stake” etc etc. I say happy holidays because their are so many holidays out there. I love your article emily, and I feel you have a good grasp for any religion.🙂

  73. After reading the article, I do agree that Christ said , we should love one another as Christ has loved us, but I don’t think he wanted christians to lay down and be trampled upon by those intent on erasing Christ not only from Christmas but from everyday.life. I think he would want us to stand up and stand strong for our faith. From the beginning of this article I got the sense the writer was a liberal progressive. Maybe I’m wrong, but it is true that society today is trying on a regular basis to take God out of every day life, from removing the ten commandments to prayer in public.to the moral decline of the family by supporting the non biblical view of marriage, but that’s OK for now, bible prophecy is being fulfilled by all of what is going on not just in america, but in the world! No I won’t lose any sleep if Starbucks doesn’t write merry Christmas on a cup, I don’t frequent that place anyway , not.just because of their anti christian views, but because.of their anti police actions also.For me and my family, we will always say Merry Christmas, because after all, ” Jesus most definately, is the reason for the season”

  74. Every time I shake my agnostic head over Christian’s and their inane conspiracy theories, along comes somebody like Pastor Emily to remind me of the dangers of stereotyping. Have a great holiday season, and an especially Merry Christmas, Emily!

  75. Thank you for this. I found your post because I also had a hard time believing people were so upset about a red cup… during the first week of November. And your powerful words are a reminder that if we are privileged enough to buy an overpriced coffee, we are privileged enough to work to make the world a better place.

  76. CHRIST in ME! I learned this last year…not my job, not a holiday…I find my identity in everything going on in life through that one statement.

  77. red is the color of Jesus Blood that was shed for our sins!!!!!!!! I’ll take the red cup and tell anyone that wants to know about the significance of the red!!!!!!!!

  78. I’m really sad to see so many negative comments. I think this post should have inspired people to really examine their behavior in the context of their faith and far too many people missed it. It’s unfortunate. I, on the other hand, found this post amazing – intelligent, graceful, and skillfully written. I haven’t read anything of yours before today, but I will remedy that immediately. Bravo, Emily Heath, bravo.

  79. The 3 Wise men brought gifts for Jesus on the day of his Birth. We give gifts to eachother and celibrate his birth on Christmas at my house. We also have a Birthday cake and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus. It is a time for us to celebrate his birth together and we will keep doing it. The red cups are fine with me. I can say Merry Christmas all by myself.

    • Isn’t it interesting that they brought gifts to Jesus, but instead we give each other gifts. I a Wiseman gift exchange would have a little weird. Wonder why we don’t follow their example?

  80. I don’t think words can do justice to just how much I love this. Thank you for putting words to my frustrations with this perceived “injustice”.

  81. If Islam wasn’t getting shoved done my throat every where I turn I would agree. IF we don’t take a stand now we will be eaten by lions.

      • …by the mere mention of it in the news…
        How DARE some other religious fanatics claim to follow “The One TRUE Faith”…

    • I haven’t seen any Islamic coffee cups in my area–where are they being served? Did Starbucks start selling Muslim Blend coffee instead of just their usual Christmas Blend?

    • If you think the war on Christmas is Starbucks saving a few bucks by not printing snowflakes or snowmen on their hot cups, you better go to Church. It’s a red cup. The color of Santa’s suit, and the color most people associate with Christmas. By the way, the Christmas blend is available, by name. Buy some and cut the world Christmas out to paste on your cup. Seriously, give some money the poor and get over it.

    • Oh, look. More persecution complex. “Oh teh noes, Islam exists and I have to be aware that it exists? STOP SHOVING IT DOWN MY THROAT!” That’s what this “Islam is being shoved down my throat” stuff looks like to the rest of the non-Christian world.

      To you I say… welcome to the club. How about Christians stop shoving Christ in other people’s faces? How about Christians stop failing to practice what they preach? What, you don’t like Islamic extremists trying to make laws that reflect their faith? Good, me neither. Likewise, I don’t like it when Christians do the same thing… because guess what? We’re not a Christian nation. We never have been, and we never will be. So it’s time to repeal any and all laws and ordinances that establish a law due to a Christian perspective on something. Like liquor sales laws.

      Islam has just as much of a right to exist in the public sphere as Christianity does. So does Judaism. So does Paganism. So does Buddhism. So does Taoism. So does Shinto… I think you’re seeing the pattern here…

      It’s not time to start fighting back. There’s nothing to fight. What Christians should be doing is showing their love to world in the way they profess that they hold it. They should be helping the helpless, opening their doors to the homeless, donating time or money (or both) to charities that are helping others to stay warm through the cold months, to eat when they have nothing, to keep clean when they live on the streets and struggle even to afford a toothbrush. Instead, they’re growing outraged by a coffee cup because it doesn’t single them out (as if they were more important than ANY other religion [Note: they aren’t!]) and give more credence to their beliefs than anyone else’s. Because it doesn’t IMPLICITLY celebrate THEIR religious holiday over all of the others that take place during the same time of year.

      Know what? If you want to boycott Starbucks? Fine, go ahead. But how about putting that 5 dollars you would have spent on coffee into the hands of a homeless person, or in the hands of a starving family? At least then you can still follow at least part of the spirit of the teachings of the religion while still remaining indignant about not receiving special treatment in the form of ink on a disposable coffee cup.

    • What the hell is wrong wit you lady? You must live in such a sad twisted reality that YOU created for yourself if you honestly think that’s happening to anyone.

  82. I haven’t heard on any viable news or social media feed that there has been any complaints about Starbucks’ cups. They have only had snowflakes on the cups in the past.

    Personally I don’t think Emily Cheath exists. I think this was posted to simply get religious organizations and individuals riled up. Surely someone wouldn’t blog such blatantly off-centered remarks with no references or support to back them up. Surely someone wouldn’t have their head so far up their own ass to bog this and step up on a soap box that doesn’t exist.

      • Apparently you don’t exist if anonymous people on the Internet don’t think you exist. So to the ghost who wrote this beautiful column, thank you!

      • You must be Schrodinger’s pastor! 😉 (Thank you, btw, for your intelligent, thoughtful discourse on this utterly ridiculous fuss over nothing. I was raised Catholic but don’t consider myself much of any religion now, but I do believe in the Golden Rule. Thank you for reminding folks what it’s really all about.)

      • Oh by goodness….I am such a fan. Thank you for your response! Laughing so hard I just had coffee come out my nose! (oops, sorry – not Starbucks, home brewed – but I WILL be buying some pronto!)

    • Go to the search bar on your Facebook page type in starb, that’s how much you have to type before Facebook will guess that you’re searching for the rants you claim to be unable to find.

    • So apparently you haven’t been watching TV or looking at your Facebook page. This story was on every news station this weekend; local and national. This blog wasn’t going to “rile” anyone up. I am stumped by the assumption that this would be the case.

      I would, however, love to know who started this whole mess. With national coverage, could you imagine what good could have been done with that influence? That energy could have been used for good. Its a sham people have nothing better to do with their time than complain about innane “controversies” like this.

  83. I certainly agree that people should not whine about the color of a Starbucks cup. Frankly though, I really don’t believe most christians or even a large group (in population numbers) have any real gripe about the color of the cup. If there are large groups angry about the cup I submit that the claims of persecution, and the “war on christmas” or the “war on the christian faith,” is very much a real thing. It is brought on by an actual war against religion. It’s an ideological war. I come at this as an atheist. I despise the tactics and ridiculous hatred for all religion by other atheists. I am free to not follow a religion and I respect other peoples religions. That is religious freedom. Atheist buys billboards, sue cities, and everything else to rid us of christianity and seem to misunderstand our first amendment rights, the ones that protect exactly what they are doing. I’m sorry but the 10 commandments outside or inside a courthouse bothers me not. A nativity scene bothers me not. A cross on a mountain top bothers me not, and the same goes for the church of satan’s statue in Detroit. If you don’t believe christians are persecuted I suggest getting to know what is going on in the Middle East. Christians there have been the subject of persecution since the inception of christianity. There are people being killed for being christians in a place where they have lived since Christ and they may never be there again. That is persecution but that is not what I am talking about. I’m talking about the fact that the media rarely talks about it on most news sources. Egypt, had a similar thing happen where a group of christians were murdered by ISIS, yet even the president played off the religious affiliation. A teacher recently got into trouble for praying with players on the football field despite the fact that no one was forced to pray, or even go onto the field for that purpose. We have removed the Pledge of Allegiance from schools simply because “god” is a word in the pledge. Religious institutions were told by the current President’s administration that they would have a religious objection in the ACA contraception mandate only to see HHS write that part out. The media didn’t even bother to tell people that religious institutions had agreed to pay for contraception for employees that needed birth control medications for treatment of things other than the use for contraception. The media continues, and still today, the argument comes up,”Well many women need these medications for other things. ” My point there is when you sort of condescend those that feel as though there is “war on Christmas” we really need to look inward to see if you are ignoring facts. I do understand what you are trying to say. I also think it is ridiculous to whine about said cup. It’s petty, and if a group of people are going to argue with people who want to wipe away religion, being petty like your adversary gets you no where and people need to be better than that, but at the same time you can’t hide the fact that many other religions get all sorts of “accommodations.” They actually have been getting more and more. Well…all but one…Christianity.

  84. WOW… SOoo many people and soo little logic… People have created a society of hate… so much soo that companies fear openly using the term Christmas… and you are “Surprised” about the “ridiculous outbursts” of Christians being offended… are you THAT Nieve??? or just plain stupid. Reality check please… When you make a situation, you lose all rights to complain about it.

    • You know there are several other religions that have holidays around the same time right? That is why companies say happy holidays, so as to include everyone, not exclude Christians.

      There are people starving, cold, wondering if death will visit soon and you worry that a lack of merry Christmas is what’s wrong with this world.

      Act Christ like and care for those who need it and try to show his love in this world, that is your only job.

      • People all look the same to me. How am I supposed to know you’re a Christian if your bling and tattoos are all covered up? Am I supposed to look for a mark on your foreheads or something?

        20,000 different religions in human history. Cmon, man, I’m not God — work with me here guys!

  85. Love the article Emily🙂
    There is so much that is more important in the world, in fact more important about Christmas, that is our big Mass for Christ. But, I have learned that in reality Christian’s have largely got little faith, they remind me of Rick Warren’s image, you can stand in a garage and go brum brum, but you are not a car … they make the noises … !

    I suppose a nice plain red cup being cheaper and using less ink never crossed anyone’s mind either?

  86. That’s why i have NEVER wasted any of my money on their shit.They are NOTHING more then backstabbers of our lord and savior.It ONLY shows they HATE Christmas and what it stands for so if they hate that then they also HATE, Our Father,Son & Holy Spirit. That’s what it comes down to plain & simple.

    • Quite apart from the obvious hysterical inaccuracy of your accusations against Starbucks, who on earth would hate something that doesn’t even exist. Logic. You should try it sometime😉

    • wow, MJ. Such language from one who calls Christ “our Lord and Saviour” If you and the rest of the posters here would read the Bible, you would learn that we are not told the date of Christ’s birth, nor are we told to celebrate His birth, or life, but to Honor His Death in the communion service. IJS.

  87. I Believe in Father Christmas
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    “I Believe In Father Christmas”
    Single by Greg Lake
    from the album Works Volume 2

    Writer(s) Greg Lake / Peter Sinfield

    “I Believe In Father Christmas” is a song by Greg Lake with lyrics by Peter Sinfield. Although it is often categorised as a Christmas song, this was not Lake’s intention. Lake claims to have written the song in protest at the commercialisation of Christmas.[1] Sinfield, however, claims that the words are about a loss of innocence and childhood belief.

    They said there’ll be snow at christmas
    They said there’ll be peace on earth
    But instead it just kept on raining
    A veil of tears for the virgin’s birth
    I remember one christmas morning
    A winters light and a distant choir
    And the peal of a bell and that christmas tree smell
    And their eyes full of tinsel and fire

    They sold me a dream of christmas
    They sold me a silent night
    And they told me a fairy story
    ’till I believed in the israelite
    And I believed in father christmas
    And I looked at the sky with excited eyes
    ’till I woke with a yawn in the first light of dawn
    And I saw him and through his disguise

    I wish you a hopeful christmas
    I wish you a brave new year
    All anguish pain and sadness
    Leave your heart and let your road be clear
    They said there’ll be snow at christmas
    They said there’ll be peace on earth
    Hallelujah noel be it heaven or hell
    The christmas you get you deserve

    It’s getting really old to hear all of the “TRUE Christians” getting their collective knickers in knots over their belief that companies, governments and others have removed Christ from Christmas. Well, yeah, I guess many have, including those same knotted-knickers “TRUE Christians!” This song, long one of my favorite contemporary ones, points out how many of us have lost the true perspective of Christ and the Christmas season. I knew long ago that Dec. 25th was picked by the Catholic church because it fell during a popular pagan festival. “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” is the best explanation of why they did that. Christ and the story of Christmas are in me, they’re part of me. I don’t need a coffee cup, banner sign, advertising jingle or store employee to tell me “Jesus is the reason for the season,” because I already know that. I also know many don’t believe that because of differing personal beliefs or a different religious perspective. Therefore saying “Happy Holidays” is perfectly acceptable to me in our secular society. The final lines of this song send a prophetic reminder: “Hallelujah, Noel, be it heaven or hell, the Christmas you get you deserve.”

    If Christ is in your heart your Christmas will be merry and blessed whether or not Starbucks puts the words “Christ” or “Christmas” on their coffee cups.
    It’s all up to you.

    Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to all.

  88. This subject is further evidence of how self-obsessed a large group of Christians are. The past designs have included ice skates, snowflakes, snowmen, and mittens which we all know are famous symbols of Jesus.

    That’s sarcasm, in case you can’t tell. Winter is not about YOU. Winter belongs to everyone, of all faiths, of no faith. The cups aren’t about spreading the message of Jesus, they are about pretty winter designs to hold your hot, over-priced beverage. Get over yourself.

  89. Emily, I appreciate your article. I’m a Christian and I think I can see both sides of the argument. I think that beneath the “War on Christmas” there is a deep seated fear (partially from Christians) that our country is changing and that we’re losing our identity as a nation. While our forefathers may not have been all Christians (just look at the $1 bill to find symbols of the Freemasons), we did have certain Judeo-Christian principles that guided us. There’s this unspoken fear from those who were the majority that is emerging in movements like the “War on Christmas.” I think they are afraid of what will happen if they become the minority because in our country, they never have experienced that before. That said, just reading through Acts shows us that the early church leaders weren’t afraid of coming alongside the culture and helping shape the conversation. Sure, Starbucks has changed their cups. But is that going to shake my faith? I certainly hope not. It’s not up to the major corporations in our country to dictate what Christmas is, it’s up to the Church! Christians who want to boycott need to start sharing the love of God and the hope that comes in the gospel instead of rebelling and getting all worked up over Starbucks. However, I can understand the underlying tension they are experiencing — it comes from that deep fear that they soon will be irrelevant. Luckily for those of us in Christ, we know that that couldn’t be further from the truth.

  90. What a great article. As an ex-Christian that’s lost the ability to connect to the hyper-aggressive Christian faith around me, seeing a level-headed true Christian was very refreshing. Thank you very much for restoring a little bit of my faith.

  91. One thing many who read the Bible forget is that almost all of it was written to and for the people alive at that time. [Caveat: except direct quotations of Jesus of Nazareth and Revelation]. If you doubt this, read the crap about menstruating women from the OT. Therefore, when you read the Bible, including the bulk of the NT, remember you are reading what a human being thought, NOT what God said. And let’s face it. Prognostication was not the strong suit of most Biblical authors. So when Timothy says, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution,” he was not speaking to those in 2015 AD. He was speaking to those alive and reading his words in his lifetime, and for them those words were true. They are not true today. As the Rev Heath stated, “there’s nothing easier than being a Christian in America.”

    • Diane, with all due respect, have you been denied a job or a promotion or even the right to work overtime because you are living “Godly in Christ Jesus”? don’t poo-poo what you have not experienced. Those who try to live as Christians have always been persecuted, often by others calling themselves Christians. History is replete with examples, the founder of Rhode Island, the Salem witch trials, the inquisition. all of these took place after the era of the Bible. The wrong or distorted application of biblical teaching is the cause of most dissension among those who call themselves Christians, and this brings persecution and hatred from other belief systems as well. Why read the Bible if you don’t think it applies to you? Ignore it and find something you can believe. May God bless you real good!

      • History is replete with Christian persecution, all right. But it’s persecution BY the Christians, usually against anybody not Christian. Ever since the Roman empire fell, and Christianity became the dominant religion outside of the Orient, there has been no REAL persecution -of- Christians.

        A.) Salem Witch Trials you speak of? Persecution BY the Christians, not against.

        B.) The Inqusition you mentioned? Was probably the most vicious case of persecution BY the Christians, not against.

        C.) I have never once seen or heard of a true Christian (I differentiate between those who hold honest faith and those who claim Christian belief without having the actions to back it up) being passed over for a promotion, denied a job, or denied overtime while working.

        Please cite your sources.

  92. Again… the point is totally missed… China is not only taking jobs and building island military bases… they are taking over our coffee with the little red cup….

  93. Just an FYI. Christ Jesus was not born in December anyway. The early Christians chose this time to celebrate their Lord and Savior because it was a Roman holiday for the god Saturn, Saturnalia. The Christian community could celebrate openly and be inconspicuous at this time. According to what is said in the Bible regarding the registering of Jesus’s birth he was probably born around the 17 of February.

  94. There is a reason you did not cite the source. I can’t have much respect for that, nor should anybody else. Also, Christmas is not a holiday of gratitude – although it’s permissible to feel that way.

  95. “But if you look closely enough, you just might find Jesus in the guy behind you in line. Because Christ is already at Starbucks, just as Christ is everywhere.”

    This paragraph brought tears to my eyes. I wish as Christians we could be known more for the way we love one another and love those who are far from God. Not as people who are known for fighting for snowflakes on cups. No one is going to move closer to God because of snowflakes and snowmen. Or by watching arguing Christians.

    On a side note – I stopped by Starbucks on my way out of the store the other day. There was an enormous advent calendar on display. I picked it up and looked at it – maybe I’ll buy it when it gets closer to December 1.

  96. “Because, seriously, do you think Jesus would rather we remember his birthday by putting it on a coffee cup that’s going in the trash? Or would he rather we remember it by no longer treating one another as disposable?”
    This. This right here. This is beautiful. Thank you for this.

  97. Stop complaining…at least Starbucks is symbolizing the blood of Christ by having red cups instead of having just green cups. Plus not all customers are Christian…some customers are Jewish but they don’t complain that Starbucks doesnt have Hanukkah cups. The Muslim customers don’t complain that the cups don’t reflect Ramadan or Eli Adid. The Hindus don’t complain that Diwali isn’t honored. Once again the Christian priviledge and indignation is evident without consideration of a collective spiritual world. And this monologue is written by a Christian.

  98. Emily, I find many people are overreaching and missing the specific point about a design choice, gone bad. The result of that design choice eliminated former year’s winter branches and winterscapes and other visual representations overtly associated with a Holiday Season.This included reindeer, snowflakes, sleds, sweaters, gifts, etc,. Since 1997, the cups have become an iconicic announcement of the Season. Perhaps, sometimes, announcing too early, but nonetheless they are still iconic and widely recognized as part of the Holiday Season, for Jews, Christians, and others who appreciate celebrating long standing holidays in December. With such iconic status comes the challenge of managing optics and managing expectations, both which can be difficult. By embracing a design, per STBKS own press release, that intends to represent STBKSS as ” a place of sanctuary, that embraces all of our stories (sic)” STBKS resultingly signaled a few things to consumers. These signals are what is causing the brouhaha, as many of the signals are not consistent with their branding, especially their iconic Seasonal branding. First, STBKS signalled their coffee houses are sanctuaries (during the Season). I have never known or experienced a calm or “not so busy” ” not so loud” STBKS, especially after Thanksgiving. Second, their red cup design now suggests there is no need to recognize the Season other than the bare minimum, even though seperately, they merchandise Christmas and Hannujah throughout their stores, at a higher price purchase. This implies a greediness and disassociation with prior year’s approach of at least producing something wintery and fun for the user, as part of what is arguably an over priced cup of coffee. Third, their “simplicity” message is not considered or applied to their fall cups (Did you happen to see them? They were covered in fall imagery). Fourth, and related to the second point, if you want something Seasonal you will need to buy it and do so at a higher price point than a cup of coffee. This includes their Christmas blend, their ceramic cups, or their Advent calendar. Last but not least, I will personally miss the coordinating holiday ornaments, dolls, coasters etc that used to match the winter/seasonal themes also found on the red cups.

  99. Really great article! Thank you for being a voice of sanity in a conversation of crazy paranoia.
    Inclusivity doesn’t mean the respect of one group is being taken away, it means that all groups are given equal respect. Which is nice, isn’t it?

  100. But Christ doesn’t have anything to do with Xmas. He never has. Xmas was around before Christ was born. To this day, it is still known as Saturnalia or Winter Solstice. The celebration of the unconquered sun (s.u.n.), not SON. In Jeremiah 10, God warns his people to stay around from the things easily recognizable as Xmas related festivities, such as evergreen trees and decorations. Xmas is the celebration of the birth of Mithra, a pagan god. So I for one, am glad Starbucks and other places are stepping away from involving Jesus in any of these pagan man-made traditions. Christianity is under attack through the false doctrine of making people believe Jesus was born on December 25th at all. Christianity is under attack through people assembling themselves on the first day of the week Sun day, which is clearly old Roman sun worship, instead of the 7th day Sabbath LIKE JESUS AND THE APOSTLES. Christianity is under attack through people celebrating Easter Sun day (MORE SUN WORSHIP), when Jesus SAID he would be dead for 3 days and 3 nights which you CANNOT get from Friday evening to “early” Sun’s day morning. Even though Daniel 9:27 tells us he caused animal sacrifices and offerings to cease in the middle in the week. So Jesus died on Wednesday and rose on the SABBATH DAY. Again I say, Christianity is under attack through all false doctrine perpetuated by so-called men of God every sun’s day from the pulpit. Don’t be mad at Starbucks. Talk to your preacher.

    • Jesus could transubstantiate liquids (turn water to wine), perform Reiki (healing the sick and infirm with a touch) and necromancy (raising Lazarus from the dead), and put himself into such a deep meditative state that even the Romans thought he was dead (Crucifixion). On top of that, when he was put in a cave for three days, he was doing what we Pagans call “grounding” or “earthing”… which is simply recharging your batteries with the Earth’s energy.

      Pagans and Witches do that all the time. I imagine it’s a bit hard to adjust to the idea that the Son of God was one of us. It’s much harder to adjust to the idea of being one of us, and living in a modern-day version of Judea.

  101. But Christ doesn’t have anything to do with Xmas. He never has. Xmas was around before Christ was born. To this day, it is still known as Saturnalia or Winter Solstice. The celebration of the unconquered sun (s.u.n.), not SON. In Jeremiah 10, God warns his people to stay away from the things easily recognizable as Xmas related festivities, such as evergreen trees and decorations. Xmas is the celebration of the birth of Mithra, a pagan god. So I for one, am glad Starbucks and other places are stepping away from involving Jesus in any of these pagan man-made traditions. Christianity is under attack through the false doctrine of making people believe Jesus was born on December 25th at all. Christianity is under attack through people assembling themselves on the first day of the week Sun day, which is clearly old Roman sun worship, instead of the 7th day Sabbath LIKE JESUS AND THE APOSTLES. Christianity is under attack through people celebrating Easter Sun day (MORE SUN WORSHIP), when Jesus SAID he would be dead for 3 days and 3 nights which you CANNOT get from Friday evening to “early” Sun’s day morning. Even though Daniel 9:27 tells us he caused animal sacrifices and offerings to cease in the middle in the week. So Jesus died on Wednesday and rose on the SABBATH DAY. Again I say, Christianity is under attack through all false doctrine perpetuated by so-called men of God every sun’s day from the pulpit. Don’t be mad at Starbucks. Talk to your preacher.

  102. What I don’t get is that there is a complaint about the cups by those who should have already cut Starbucks out of their lives a while back. This company pretty much told Christians they are not wanted and to get lost. So my complaint is: if the cup offends you you are most likely are a Christian, or a form of, and shouldn’t be supporting this company that spits on your beliefs anyway. There’s plenty of places to get better coffee, and probably cheaper.

  103. Pastor Heath,

    This Witch agrees completely with your argument. Enough’s enough, it’s coffee. Get over it. Christians are angry over a red cup, and they want people like me — or my other Pagan and Muslim friends — to take them seriously about their god?

    I hate to say this, ma’am, but if those people are going to Heaven… I’ll gladly go to Hell, because I do not want to worship a spiteful, hateful, demeaning and insane deity.

    Wishing you and your Kin a blessed Yule, and an awesome new year ahead.

    • I’m not an angry christian, just christian. I just hope you don’t continue to pursue hell. I understand that you don’t believe it exists. I get how hard it can be to try and believe in it when you have determined that it is not real. I also see how a misunderstanding of God can paint a very strange picture. Anyone who says that the bible is easy to understand is lying. I don’t want to get you rawled up. And I won’t continue replying if you don’t want to listen to my perspective. I think I can see where you are coming from, though I disagree.

  104. Yes! Thank you so much for putting it this way! I don’t care if you’re a single person, or some team of writers, thank you for putting it this way.

    I’m a left wing Christian, way more liberal than most other Christians in some views. And I’ve been trying to get this whole idea through some thick skulls. Unfortunately, those thick skulls will probably never read this… But it is exactly what I’ve been trying to say any way!

  105. I couldn’t agree more but maybe for a different reason. What the world does a snowflake, snowman or santa have to do with the incarnation of our Savior for the purpose of making us in right relationship with our Creator? “Christians” have become so pagan that the lack of a snowflake on a coffee cup means the establishment is against Christmas? I say that keeping Christ in Christmas means being intentional every moment about remembering what God has done for me and all people. Frankly, the decor and parties and gifts don’t enhance my worship or remembering! You better believe a simple coffee cup doesn’t either.

  106. My favorite part of this whole article is: “Because, seriously, do you think Jesus would rather we remember his birthday by putting it on a coffee cup that’s going in the trash? Or would he rather we remember it by no longer treating one another as disposable?”.

    I can understand the frustration of Christians feeling like we can’t express our faith in schools, at work, events, etc. while our nation still prints In God We Trust on our currency. I do understand other faiths that claim by allowing Christian holidays and prayers to infiltrate their workplace and classrooms they feel we are ostracizing their right to freedom of religion. I see both sides of the argument. I, however, wish…as you suggest here…that we all STOP ARGUING! Especially over something as trivial as a cup which will definitely be in the trash because you know people are not going to revere it simply because it has the word Christmas on it. Sad, but true.

    Do I enjoy festive colors and graphics during the holidays? YES! Would it mean I am any less mindful of the real reason for the season if Christ’s name or likeness isn’t on my Frappuccino? NO!

    No matter what faith we practice, the message is ultimately the same. Love & RESPECT one another. There is already so much anger, hatred and evil in the world…why add to it? I think Dickens sums it up best in one of my favorite stories, which I truly believe transcends Christmas, but is simply for respecting diversity: “Keep Christmas in your own way, and let me keep it in mine”.

    As a Christian, I will not allow another person to remove my faith from my heart. I do not believe in belittling anyone because of their faith. I don’t impose my beliefs on others, but I do expect the same courtesy of expressing my joyfulness during holidays as non-believers expect not to be imposed upon. I was taught to love thy neighbor, not to covet a red Christmas coffee cup. Great article and perspective!

  107. Reblogged this on A Touch of Sparkle by Monica and commented:
    My favorite part of this whole article is: “Because, seriously, do you think Jesus would rather we remember his birthday by putting it on a coffee cup that’s going in the trash? Or would he rather we remember it by no longer treating one another as disposable?”.

    I can understand the frustration of Christians feeling like we can’t express our faith in schools, at work, events, etc. while our nation still prints In God We Trust on our currency. I do understand other faiths that claim by allowing Christian holidays and prayers to infiltrate their workplace and classrooms they feel we are ostracizing their right to freedom of religion. I see both sides of the argument. I, however, wish…as you suggest here…that we all STOP ARGUING! Especially over something as trivial as a cup which will definitely be in the trash because you know people are not going to revere it simply because it has the word Christmas on it. Sad, but true.

    Do I enjoy festive colors and graphics during the holidays? YES! Would it mean I am any less mindful of the real reason for the season if Christ’s name or likeness isn’t on my Frappuccino? NO!

    No matter what faith we practice, the message is ultimately the same. Love & RESPECT one another. There is already so much anger, hatred and evil in the world…why add to it? I think Dickens sums it up best in one of my favorite stories, which I truly believe transcends Christmas, but is simply for respecting diversity: “Keep Christmas in your own way, and let me keep it in mine”.

    As a Christian, I will not allow another person to remove my faith from my heart. I do not believe in belittling anyone because of their faith. I don’t impose my beliefs on others, but I do expect the same courtesy of expressing my joyfulness during holidays as non-believers expect not to be imposed upon. I was taught to love thy neighbor, not to covet a red Christmas coffee cup. Great article and perspective!

  108. I would never walk into a Starbuck in the first place, so the fact that they are apparently using red cups means nothing to me, I’ve been to Christmas parties that served drinks in red cups. Big deal. Starbucks sucks, but it has nothing to do with Christmas.

  109. This is a fake story. No Christians are outraged about the color of a Starbucks cup. Lots of people are running around telling us that they are, but I don’t see anyone actually outraged.

    I say this as an Atheist who has no horse in this race. This is a fake story to create anti-christian publicity.

    Stop being lemmings and making a fake news story continue to go viral.

  110. It didn’t occur to me til later … this story dropped (and to the naysayers calling this a non-story, the people “outraged” about this include a British MP and I’m just waiting for some of the US Presidential candidates to chime in) on the 77th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the event which began the Holocaust in earnest. The irony that anybody calls something like this manufactured controversy “religious persecution” on the date of this observance cannot be overstated. I met a survivor of Auschwitz yesterday and I commend everyone who is offended by this to do the same to gain some perspective.

    I ended up blogging about this, even though I was not planning to because I felt Emily said it so well:

    http://vergeofjordan.blogspot.com/2015/11/keeping-persecution-in-perspective.html

  111. Oh My Dog, THANK YOU! For the past year and a half I have been traveling “the west.” The level of fear among so called Christians, that make them feel that they are being persecuted, threatened by “the other” and that the government is going to take their guns away is shocking. Because of my advocacy work, I have to work WITH them. It has been an enormous challenge to my sarcastic, irreverent self, to shut my mouth, listen, kill them with kindness and in some rare instances actually have spiritual discourse. While being bludgeoned with the Bible. In addition, the complete denial of the racism that exists in this country, without ANY Christian compassion for those who may be less fortunate is appalling.

    So thanks for your perspective, thanks for setting the record straight and THANK YOU for a friggin’ sense of humor!!!!

    Best of the holiday to you. Keep being a voice in the wilderness!

  112. Thank you for a caring, less reactive perspective. May I also suggest that people could bring their own reusable mugs – with any religious, Christmas, holiday message they like — and show their love for the environment as well as their religious (or other) interests.

    • THANK YOU! Can we please talk about the true atrocity which is the total failure of the design to be at all visually appealing?! The “ombre” effect they seem so proud of is hideous and the two red shades just do NOT go together at all! One has a yellow base and the other has a blue base! WHO THOUGHT THAT WAS A GOOD IDEA?!

  113. I dont understand why this is making christans mad. The color of the cups should never matter. Any of you that are claiming to be christians why do you care so much? How would you rather show your love to christ or how would you like to show that your a follower od christ. By a cup that talks about jesus that in 5 minutes your going to through away or by telling other about jesus? Even if starbucks did talk about jesus on their cups non belivers would be upset with them because not everyone belives in jesus. I am not going to call my self a christian. I do belive in jesus and his ways but i dont always follow his ways and oneslty i dont think the cup matters. Christians could say that the red on the cup means the bood of jesus from when he sacrificed himself on the cross.

  114. I don’t frequent Starbucks but im considering going just to order a Chia Latte so I can tell them my name is Merry Christmas. As a matter of fact, I’m considering saving some $$$ til just before Christmas and tell everyone in line if they’ll use a name from my list: Christmas Carol, Kris Kringle, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen., Rudolph, Santa Claus, Joyous Noel, Jack Frost, Frosty the Snowman I’ll donate to charity. WAKE UP PEOPLE! This is marketing genius at Starbucks. They wanted controversy. It’s on the news, people are talking about them. If they wanted to avoid offending people they could have just stuck with their regular cup or put in simple gold letters on a red cup “Peace on Earth, Good will to all mankind” But it’s Christmas, a time for giving gift cards. What is everyone talking about? Starbucks And who’s stirring the pot? The media because they get viewers and sell papers. PS. You don’t hear anything about Starbucks doing anything for the less fortunate, you just hear about those damn red cups.

  115. Don’t any of you fervent Christians even know that Christmas was ripped off from a pagan celebration. I believe it was the Roman festival of Saturnalia. Christianity is not under attack, nor are Christians being persecuted. Christianity has been a powerful force throughout history, not necessarily for good. The Inquisition, the Crusades, witch hunts, etc. The worst has been the established churches in other countries. Now that religion is finally being removed from our government – as the founders intended in the First Amendment – the poor, sad Christians are whining that they are being persecuted. The reality is that they are just pissed at losing their power and influence.

  116. How about we all take a logic 101 or critical thinking class and realize that we shouldn’t be believing in gods in the first place? Then we won’t give a crap what some stupid cup says or doesn’t say? Sound good? Can I get a Ramen?

    • You have *no business* telling *anyone* what or who they should believe in. I’m a Christian. I’d never tell you that you should believe in God. Please don’t tell me that I should *not* believe in Him or any tell anyone else that they should not believe in the god they believe in. You just gave no business doing that. Merry Christmas.

      • There is no God. The studies are in. He’s not there. It’s just you and me. So don’t be a dick to me, and I won’t be a dick to you. If someone is treating you like a dick, I’ll step in to help you. If the rules we all voted and technically agreed upon, sometimes called laws, are violated, I will help you, as I hope you would help me.

        Looking skyward and clasping ones hands, hoping to better ones situation isn’t asking God for help, its hoping that in some way, something that appears “magical” will take effect, and the load will be lightened. You can call him God, but you know deep down you are asking for magic to happen. You are hoping. Don’t lose that hope, but don’t give credit to a magical man who doesnt exist.

        Hope in the police that keep us safe from those without a moral compass.

        Hope in the firefighters that put their lives at risk to keep us safe from ourselves.

        Hope in your neighbor, that they will look to you, as you look to them for help.

        Stop asking God for help, and start helping your neighbor, while they help you. Live for yourself, not the church.

      • There is no God. The studies are in. He’s not there. It’s just you and me. So don’t be a dick to me, and I won’t be a dick to you. If someone is treating you like a dick, I’ll step in to help you. If the rules we all voted and technically agreed upon, sometimes called laws, are violated, I will help you, as I hope you would help me.

        Looking skyward and clasping ones hands, hoping to better ones situation isn’t asking God for help, its hoping that in some way, something that appears “magical” will take effect, and the load will be lightened. You can call him God, but you know deep down you are asking for magic to happen. You are hoping. Don’t lose that hope, but don’t give credit to a magical man who may or may not exist.

        Hope in the police that keep us safe from those without a moral compass.

        Hope in the firefighters that put their lives at risk to keep us safe from ourselves.

        Hope in your neighbor, that they will look to you, as you look to them for help.

        Stop asking God for help, and start helping your neighbor, while they help you. Live for yourself, not the church.

          • That is the worst possible argument for god. It’s called argument from ignorance. You have no evidence. All you have is faith and confirmation bias.

      • Chris C, don’t get so upset. It always seems like it is the Christians that are angry and hateful to others who think differently than your kind. Read his post again. He’s not “telling” you to do anything. He made a statement, a SUGGESTION, more for humorous reasons. Relax and love thy neighbor as you love yourself.

      • If what’s on a cup defines your belief in Christ I think you need to go back to Church. What’s in your heart is what matters, not what’s on a cup. The cup is going to be thrown away. What’s in your heart, is what is truly Christ like.

    • “Christians”….. since those are who you are targeting…. how exactly did you gather your data,numbers, statistics…etc?

      Exactly.
      What a random rampage.

    • Emily Heath your comments are so timely for me. Recently I’ve been saying in comments on line, if Jesus Christ came down to earth right now, and stood right next to you, what do you think he would like you to do more? Would he rather see you droop to your knees and kiss the hem of his clothing, or would he rather see you go out and find someone to help. Someone who needs help, someone who has no one else, some one with no money. Think on that for a while.

      • Personally how do we not know that GOD is not here. I live in Dc and I see people walking around everyday saying “No No not me I do not want this”! How do we not not know that GOD is not speaking to them and they are just afraid? Or, again maybe they are crazy. Again however , how do we know? Both sides are actually just sharing a belief.

        • Actually, there are far more than two sides, because many people believe in gods other than the Abrahamic version. And atheism is not a belief; it’s a lack of belief. There is a fundamental difference, and I fail to understand why so many theists insist that it IS a belief. That’s like claiming “not playing tennis” is a sport! The absence of something (i.e. belief) cannot possibly BE that something. Logic.

    • How about we take a common decency 101 class and realize that everyone has the right to believe or not believe in a divine figure and no one should impose their personal views on the topic on anyone else.

    • Can you teach an infant algebra? No, because they aren’t capable of understanding. Can you explain to a bear that you don’t want to hurt him and that you actually want to help him when your taking his foot out of a trap? No, because he’s not capable of understanding. GOD made it that way! He also made you and me and gave us the ability to think critically but He did not give us the ability to understand fully how He works. And if you think you can figure it out in a logic 101 class, then YOU think you’re GOD…..and that, my friend, is a spiritual problem!! Logically!

    • Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Kierkegaard, Pascal, Aquinas, Dostoevsky, C.S. Lewis, Alvin Plantiga and probably the majority of all western philosophers throughout history would sharply disagree. Logic courses would do due diligence in affirming the existence of a prime mover based on the ontological, cosmological, teleological and moral arguments. Anyway, the assumption that a belief in a God of some sort is not logical is philosophically naive. To get to the point of the article: yes, boycotting coffee cups is not the best thing theists have thought up lately. Cheers. (I may be holding a starbucks cup…)

    • Exactly right, TedTheAtheist. Sad and pathetic people adhere to these preposterous Bronze Age superstitions and ridiculous fairytales in 2015. Whining over “red coffee cups” — “smh” (as they say on the internets…)

    • Ted, just as the very right leaning conservative Christians don’t represent the majority. You as an atheist aren’t the representative of Atheists. You are no different than the red cup Evangelicals, you are exactly like them actually. The same exact mentality of division and spewing vitriolic discourse.

    • Hmmmm….The very odd thing is that you are an atheist commenting on a Christian article. If your an atheist then you truly believe what you believe, why are you reading this Christian Article? Logic 101 and critical thinking, you have a void within yourself that truly you cannot even recognize, in which deep within you are questioning your own faith in your belief, so you keep on reading, otherwise you would not be here on a Christian post. You would have the utmost faith in your belief and you would not give a crap of what this article says or does not say. Point…Your trying to fill that void. God works in many ways! (Oh wait…maybe you are just reading about a red cup).

      • So when it did it become law that only Christians are allowed to comment on “Christian posts”? Do you refrain from commenting on “non-Christian posts”? How arrogant. What is it about challenges to your faith that scare you? Is your faith a little shaky?

        It is quite amusing how so many theists try to claim that atheists “must be looking for something” when they dare to comment in a discussion pertaining to Christianity. I am sure that you are desperate to believe that’s true. it isn’t. I can’t speak for others, but I just like to call out bs when I see it. So I suppose I am offering some truth where I can do so. (Although I certainly don’t know everything, before you throw THAT one back at me!)

  117. How about we all take a logic 101 or critical thinking class and realize that we shouldn’t be believing in gods in the first place? Then we won’t give a crap what some stupid cup says or doesn’t say? Sound good? Can I get a Ramen?

    • You have *no business* telling *anyone* what or who they should believe in. I’m a Christian. I’d never tell you that you should believe in God. Please don’t tell me that I should *not* believe in Him or any tell anyone else that they should not believe in the god they believe in. You just gave no business doing that. Merry Christmas.

    • Immanuel Kant, Kierkegaard, Blaise Pascal, Alvin Plantiga, CS Lewis, Dostoyevsky and many more would sharply disagree with you on that point. Perhaps if your logic teacher forgot to consider things like the cosmological, ontological, teleological and moral arguments for the existence of a supreme being of some sort. Alvin Plantiga’s work on the ontological argument is stunning and I’d highly recommend it. Anyway, to get back to the point: yes, boycotting cups is not the best thing theists have thought historically.

  118. Well said Emily!!! I mean seriously! If we don’t have more important things to worry about in our lives than if the “red” cup has words on it or not, we’ve got a serious problem. Well, let’s just face it — this country has some serious problems!! And it isn’t the red cup at Starbucks! Grow up everyone!

    • You know what people like you fail to realize…it’s a slippery slope. Now we can’t even say Merry Christmas without someone feigning outrage and whining all day and night. Now we can Winter Pageants and Winter breaks. And once again, people like you fail to see what’s happening before your very eyes.

      • //Now we can’t even say Merry Christmas without someone feigning outrage and whining all day and night//

        Ignoring the obvious gross exaggeration, does the fact that a few people “feign outrage” about the use of the term “Merry Christmas” make it alright to “feign outrage” at the use of red cups by Starbucks? Some Christians seem to like nothing better than to find something to be “persecuted” over. Red cups (especially when you consider Starbucks have NEVER used ANY Christian symbols in the past) is surely scraping the very bottom of the barrel!

  119. What an incredible article, Emily! It is the best one I’ve seen on the Starbucks “crisis” yet. Thank you so much for sharing. Oh…Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  120. Ohferheavenssakes, people!! You can ram your religious viewpoints down everyone’s throats, but the moment someone does something that goes against it, you declare “war on religion”!! Shut up, and just go away!! Starbucks will never have my business after what happened on 9-11, anyways, so I fail to see their relevance now with their choice of coffee cup!!

    • It’s the principle of it all. The red cup stands for Christmas, family, holidays, gatherings. That’s why we are upset about the red cup. With nothing on it now, it does put a knife in our hearts because once again, we don’t want to offend anyone. Well, people,,wake up! This is America where we should be able to express our freedom of speech.,we should be able to have cups that say, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Holidays, etc. instead we just have a red cup blank. That is sad people, just sad!

      • There is a world of difference between “we don’t want to offend anybody” and “we want to include everybody”.

        If you want a cup that says “Merry Christmas” – which, btw, has never been part of the Starbucks holiday cup design – then bring one in. Starbucks is happy to fill your own coffee cups for you – they even give you a discount for bringing your own. Or use the red cup as a canvas to write or draw whatever you want.

      • Seriously Janey, that’s what’s sad??? Have you taken a look at what’s going on in this world??? It’s a cup, would you get mad at your neighbors if they minimalized their Christmas decorations? What if they decide to paint their bathroom a different color, for that matter. Are you going to take that personally? Get over it, it’s a freakin cup. Be thankful that you can afford to buy Starbucks.
        Starbucks isn’t here to represent a faith, not that snowmen or “Christmas” trees are a depiction of the Christian faith anyways. That tree you put up is of Pagan origin, to celebrate the winter solstice. Back to the point though, Starbucks isn’t in business to represent one or any particular faith, it’s about coffee. How would you react to me if you were standing by me in pubic & I started whining saying, “this is America, why doesn’t my coffee cup represent me & my beliefs!!! Shinanagans!!!!”
        If you want “Merry Christmas” on your cup, then by all means, write it on there!!! You obviously don’t have enough to worry about, if this is what’s got your goat.

      • umm….Janey….ummm…you do know it’s a secular company? And you do know they didn’t tell you that you can’t have those things on your cups…riiiiight? And it is America…so, they also have the right to design the cups however they want.

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    • Apparently you. You are just as wrapped up in this as anyone on the opposite side. What a stupid statement. Go find something better to do than put down how others spend their time. #hater

  122. We might remember that before the Christian Christmas there was the Pagan celebration of Yule. Many of the traditions now attributed to Christmas really originated with Yule… Christmas trees and greenery being only one of these. I don’t feel any one religion should claim to own the season. And I do believe we All have better things to do than create unnecessary controversy…

    • So then why did you comment on this. If you are implying you have better things to do then stop creating unwanted controversy and tend to your better things. Right?

    • Actually, when Christianity arrived in Rome, the god Saturn was the prevailing diety. And in order to not stand out and be persecuted, early Christians co-opted the festival of Saturnalia as a celebration of being Christian…which evolved into a celebration of Jesus’ birth. (No sheppard would have his flock in the field in the dead of winter… Jesus was born in the Spring when a comet was seen as the star of Bethlehem. Astronomers know exactly when he was born. But the story goes that the night Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary were traveling through Bethlehem to pay taxes to King Herod. The only problem is that King Herod died in 4BC… So much for the story being perpetrated as Gospel…)

      And the Roman festival of Saturnalia started on December 21, with the Winter Solstice (shortest day of the year) and ended with gift-giving on December 25th. In between, they held a drunken orgy. So when Christians decry Christmas as having become a secular holiday, and want the return of the true meaning of Christmas, tell them to go get drunk, while getting laid!

  123. Personally I think it’s sad that we are becoming so politically correct that to simply say “Merry Christmas” is seen as offensive. But my problem with this whole movement is that people are whining about a cup. Seriously folks, do you have nothing better to do? Instead of going to the dreaded coffee shop, why not take that $5 you spend every morning and go buy clothes for a needy child, or blankets for a homeless person. Why don’t you all start behaving like Christians instead of whining like a five-year-old. I’ve always heard actions speak louder than words.

    • Yep, Amy Crooks — I’m with you on that. It’s not about what a stupid cup says — it’s about what people DO. DO something kind and your time will be much better spent, guaranteed.

      • There is a book out that is needed by many Christians. It is called “The Fi5th Gospel”. A missionary years ago stated that there are 5 gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and the Christian. And most people don’t read the first 4.” How right he was. Our whole faith is being undermined by people who claim to be Christian, but act like savages. I hope I never do that.

    • No one I’ve ever said Merry Christmas to has ever responded like I offended them (not one of the Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Wiccans, Neo-Norse, Dualistic Pagans, nor Atheists I’ve ever in my entire life said Merry Christmas responded in any way other than polite and happy at the cheerful greeting). Typically they just reply the same or with their holiday greeting.

  124. I’m on FB every day. I saw 1 and only 1 video that someone was bothered by the lack of Christmas reference on the Starbucks cup. I’ve seen at least 10 Christian’s posts and many more agreeing that this is not really an issue for most/many Christians. There is much more hype from non-believers making a bigger issue out of it. In reality who is making a bigger deal out of it?

    • I’m on facebook daily too and I’ve seen many posting on this topic. I’ve also seen youtube and twitter rants on the topic. I would hope that most Christians are rational enough to realize how ridiculous this is, but there seems to be an awful lot of really vocal ones just being offended to be offended.

    • //There is much more hype from non-believers making a bigger issue out of it.//
      Josh Feuertsein is the idiot who has stirred this all up. He classes himself as a believer.
      Why would non-believers make a bigger issue about something they don’t believe in? I think you’ll find that most non-believers are simply laughing at the response of many Christians – take a look on JF’s Facebook page and you will see how the Christians feel, and see the atheists laughing about it.

  125. I’m a Christian. Do ipI feel persecuted because Starbucks has a plain red cup? Absolutely not. How reduculous! I have way more important things to worry about then the color of a throw away cardboard overpriced coffee cup

  126. “All over social media I’m seeing rants from angry Christians who are trying to “Keep Christ in Christmas”. ”

    Granted, I’m not in every social media site, but I have not had a single post in my Facebook newsfeed from someone claiming the red cup is a sign of persecution against Christians. However, this is the 4th article in my newsfeed about how terrible and stupid Christians are for possibly being upset. I don’t think very many Christians are upset about the red cup. But, based on the content I’ve seen, it seems like a lot of “progressive” Christians and non-Christians are creating a huge and disproportionate outcry over the whole situation. So it’s ok for women to be offended by Barbie commercials or for parents to be upset over hidden Disney messages, but not for Christians to be upset at Starbucks? I guess people can only have opinions and feelings when they are the same as yours.

    • I’m always mystified when people think other people don’t want them to have their own opinions. Where does that come from? And really, just google “red cups” and you’ll see what I mean.

      • Well, Emily, I am mystified why you would waste your time to write 15 paragraphs of tiny print to stereotype and vilify Christian exhibiting the very same type of behavior about which you complain?? Give ’em grace and love. Much ado about nothing when it comes to cups and Christmas trees! Everything to do with intolerance we all have to guard against when our opinion differs from ‘theirs’–whoever ‘they’ may be.

        • It was less than 800 words, only slightly longer than your comment. So why would you waste your time commenting here?

          And, as a Christian, it’s part of my work to present the faith as I understand it, which is what I did here.

    • Well said Maggie! Well said. It’s wasn’t a big deal until they started persecuting. I thought the cup in the physical sense is stupid n insignificant, but the cup in a mental sense and the article that went with it made a statement that bothered me a little.

  127. So eloquent and thoughtful. I loved this piece. Thank you and God bless you. I avoid Starbucks because their coffee tastes terrible and costs too much. I don’t care about cups. I do love God and share my love for God – but I don’t expect everyone to agree with me.
    We all have to sit back and relax and drink whatever coffee we like and worship whatever God we choose – and just be nicer to everyone – as much as we can.

  128. I love Christmas at Starbucks. The aroma of delicious Hot coffee and little bitty cake popsicles, the allure of all of these overpriced gift items, a bunch women dressed in yoga pants, fur boots, and puffy vests. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. I don’t even have to take my wallet out to pay. I can use my phone! It’s a miracle!
    Speaking of miracles… I’ve started telling the baristas that my name is Babyjesus Inthemanger. Then they sound totally lame when they say they have a venti white mocha for Babyjesus. Then I yell out, “Who was that for again?” And he yells back, “Babyjesus Inthemanger!”. They I get completely offended and say, “hey buddy… At least The Wise men brought gold frankincense and myrrh. All you brought was a latte… Who gives a baby a latte?? Hippie!”
    Then after that they usually recognize how spiritual that I am, and they want to come to my church and learn more about Jesus and being a Christian… But I don’t invite them, because… Well… These Stupid Red cups!!! When Jesus turned water into wine… No mention of red cups. Maybe it’s in the Book of Mormon, or some Scientology manual, but definitely no red cups in the bible, so don’t attack me man! This is America and if I don’t want my $6 latte in your atheist red cup, that’s my right. I’m pretty sure the Bible says that the customer is always right, so For $6 it should come in whatever cup I choose.
    What?!?! You only have these plain nondescript unassuming simple red cups? Seriously…
    No snowmen, snowflakes? No Christmas trees with an angel on top? What about a nativity scene Starbucks cups? Seriously??
    Fine… Go ahead… Just pour it straight into my mouth…. Ouch sweet babyjesus inthemanger that’s hot!!!! Come to my church!

  129. Also a Christian here and would never consider this a big deal. Haven’t heard anything as a point of dissatisfaction or persecution from any of my Christian friends or my church congregation. Have heard about it ONLY via “news” reports of people… who I’m not disputing that they exist and… for some reason want to make a fuss. But don’t represent the majority. Most Christians (or at least the ones I know) are in agreement that this “controversy” is absurd and don’t feel slighted in the least! I’ll be celebrating Christmas but sincerely wish everyone a happy holiday season no matter how or if you celebrate. And BTW, Happy Diwali!

  130. Emily…great article. However, I think you are missing the point here. I completely understand what you are saying…and I agree with you. The birth and meaning of Christ is not represented by trees and ornaments on coffee cups. However, I don’t think this “outrage” is really about a “war on Christmas”. Rather, its a sense by many of us that our traditions are being assaulted from every side on a daily basis. And, we are tired of it. Personally, I’ll be frequenting Caribou instead😉 I love their cups!!!!

  131. I want to start by saying that I am NOT a Christian, at least not anymore. This whole thing is stupid. Who did Jesus Christ hangout with? NOT the “faithful” He worked the “sinner” crowd and didn’t judge anyone. Christians are also told to let God judge and that they should not. Just follow your teachings and lead by example. Not that complicated.

  132. Emily, I truly loved your piece! I have now read several of your other posts and only wished that you were closer to where I live because I would definitely attend your services. This coming from someone who hasn’t attended church for about 10 years. I love your acceptance of all people because I don’t see that taught much in the church, or at least small southern town churches. I hope you keep writing!

  133. This whole red cup issue is the craziest “I’m offended” thing on the planet today. Tomorrow, I’m sure something even more foolish will take it’s place. The fact that Starbucks red cups NEVER had Jesus or any religious icons on them seems to be completely overlooked. That Starbucks has gone all minimalist and red cupped the red cup should be their choice, just as it should be In&Out burger choice to put teeny tiny Bible verses in virtually hidden places on their cups. So, yeah, I’ll repeat what I’ve said before… offended people are boring and exhausting. Stop being offended and actually do something worthwhile.

  134. Wow.. not everyone has christmas. Starbucks is doing thr right thing and being simple.. if you please one group, you piss off the other. They are keeping it simple… Good for them not shoving a holiday down everyonea throat

  135. I won’t say anymore on the subject. After this I will leave it alone, so pls try not to say anything that will entrap me into a response. In reference to the RED STARBUCKS CUP:
    I don’t want you to change your mind, and I am not “shoving” any beliefs down anyones throat, I merely wanted to explain why i feel the way i do, but now after reading all the post about how MY opinion/feeling on the cup statement is stupid and misplaced, I withdraw my comments.
    But if the people who felt that it’s just a stupid cup, then why are you commenting at all. If it’s insignificant to you then move on to the next article why put down the feelings of those who believe it, the change in the cup, is a sad unwanted statement/change. You say you don’t care about the cup and there are more important things out there, but didn’t you just waste/spend just as much time on the issue as I, who did see significance in it, did. So your issues is that I have an issues? Well aren’t there more important things for you to worry about than how I feel about the change?

  136. And a Christian baker not making a cake for a same sex wedding won’t ruin the wedding but that baker is persecuted for their beliefs. Double liberal standards.

    • No, that baker is “persecuted” for their illegal discrimination. You are arguing from false equivalence – not a strong position. (Also, in one instance of bakers being “persecuted”, the baker released the private details of the homosexual couple who then received threats and abuse.)

  137. Nice article. I concur!
    BUT….
    Christians cannot smile and drink coffee and forget all about this one thing:
    Acts 4:12. The name of Jesus is the only Name under Heaven that will save our souls.
    There is nothing wrong with smiling, loving, and drinking coffee. But, realize that at the root of this issue, is a very sinister and evil movement that is trying to silence Christians from the cause of Christ. Be aware. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. And do it all in love.

    • Sinister? Evil? It’s a secular company. Last I checked red and green are still colors that represent Christmas. An artistic design of sorts. Now, if Chic-fil-A or some other Christian chain chose to make cups like this…then go fuss about it. But again, this is a secular company. Not sure the Holy Spirit is too worried about what’s on the cups.

  138. I agree that a plain red cup doesn’t mean what has been implied. I am a Christian and am not offended by the red cup. I would never had thought anything about it if it weren’t for social media. Right now I am more about giving thanks for my daily life and family and looking forward to Thanksgiving a time to share my thanks with family and friends. No one can take Christ out of Christmas for me by the color of cup they use or anything else.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we just loved one another as Christ intended us to do rather than to fight over such trival things? Not to mention there are much bigger problems in our world right now than plan red cups at Starbucks.

  139. 😂~Hahaaaaha Haahaaaha~ you’re kidding. I mean honestly who would reduce their beliefs to the snowman on a paper cup. ~wipes tears of mirth ~
    😕😐😯 Really? Oh now that is sad.

  140. I love this paragraph, Emily: (pardon the familiarity from a complete stranger…)
    “Because, seriously, do you think Jesus would rather we remember his birthday by putting it on a coffee cup that’s going in the trash? Or would he rather we remember it by no longer treating one another as disposable?”
    We truly live in a society that considers everything disposable when it’s of no use to us, whether it’s a cup or a person.
    We should be truly thankful for the gift of having a place to go a buy coffee and for neighbours that don’t necessarily share our opinion.
    Of course, here in Canada we’ve already had Thanksgiving… (nod, wink)

  141. I don’t know a single Christian who cares about this one iota. I’m a Christian and I certainly don’t. It’s a cup. Starbucks can do whatever they want with their cups. I seriously think people are saying Christians are upset to get a rise out people. Everyone I know could honestly care less. What we drink out of doesn’t in anyway define our faith. Serving Christ and knowing him does. Now bring on the coffee.

    • Not true. It is a FACT that Joshua Feuerstein (an alleged “Christian”) has made a video about the cups, and has been interviewed on CNN (and, boy, did he look foolish). You can see the video on YouTube, just search for Feuerstein and CNN.

  142. And why do Christians want to act as if Christmas is the only winter holiday? It wasn’t even the first to be celebrated! Lighten up Christians and accept the fact that you share the planet with those who do not share your beliefs. And many if us don’t try to make you change your religious beliefs, simply because we find our own to be a better way. There is room for many thoughts–it’s your behavior that matters more.

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  145. ppl need to get over pushing there new laws on us lol oh wait thats not going to happen…so ppl can dish it but not take it…this is a stupid argument but it proves a point like you guys we should not care about the cup or the gay rights thing just go on do your thing and if someone dont like it move on to some one that dose and leave the other ppl alone…its that simple guys…times short

  146. Agreed with all positive comments. I think most would agree that any “Christian” now being persecuted like 100 AD would likely not be Christians. I am raised in the church my whole life but I think we (me included) fails to see the forest for the trees. I mean if we look at the actual works if Jesus he probably would never be seen in a Starbucks. He would be using that money to pay off some single moms layaway at Kmart for Christmas presents or taking a homeless person to dinner and just talking with them. I think this whole thing is a gift to pastors who want to make a point of what Christians should actually be. Jesus didn’t stage a protest for the Pharisees if they didn’t say the right prayer or left God out of their proceedings. He was out being with people. That’s the true message of the gospel. That’s the difference one person can be. Be a difference to one person and Change the world that way.

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  150. If Starbucks really wanted to steer clear of Christianity they would just stick with the clear cup. A cup doesn’t need to have Jesus’s name on it, because Christians know that red represents His blood that was shed. And the secular Santa that everyone adores? Bishops in the Catholic Church were adorned in red, so St. Nicholas is clad in red. A red cup is still a Christian cup in my eyes

  151. Shouldn’t Christians be the ones that “Keep Christ in Christmas”?  It seems a little unreasonable to expect it, much less- demand it from…well,  everyone? I’m pretty sure Christ is being removed from Christmas by “us” when someone telling us “Happy Holidays” makes us angry and we have no problem letting them know it.  Or when we plan to smugly tell a barista at Starbucks that our name is “Merry Christmas” so they will have to write it on the plain red cup that this year clearly screams “God is dead”. That’ll teach em.
    WHAT has happened?  We can’t be bothered to stop and love other people and share Christ with them because, what?-  We are too busy proving them wrong?  Trying to shove God down their throats? To MAKE them at least pretend to think and believe exactly as we do, simply because that’s what WE want?  We’ve become, collectively,  viewed as ridiculous. Completely misunderstood. But for all of the wrong reasons. The Bible clearly says that we are to be separate from the world. Set apart. And we are. We SHOULD be. The rest of the world shouldn’t understand us. Our heart’s desires should be to draw them near. To love them. To make them want this “God” that they hear us talking about. This peace that they can see in our lives. The kindness and compassion that overflows from us. Those are the things that should set us apart. Not our arrogance. Not our childish demands and complaints. In this country,  we’ve become much more passionate about coffee cups, chicken sandwiches,  and  holiday greetings than what we’re actually called to do- love. However and whenever we have an opportunity. When you’re more upset by a cup that you’ll hold in your hand for maybe 30 minutes and then toss away than you are by homeless people, starving and freezing- Christ isn’t in YOUR Christmas. When you’d rather rant about not being able to have a nativity scene on the court house lawn than reach out to someone that doesn’t know God, – Christ isn’t in your Christmas. When you’re willing to be openly hostile to someone working in a store that warmly wishes you happy holidays- guess what?  No Christ in your Christmas either.  We can’t parade around like pompous jerks, insisting that everyone  see and do it our way. We can’t respond to differing opinions with anger, sarcasm, and offended egos. That isn’t being set apart at all. That isn’t Christ. God gives us all the opportunity to CHOOSE Him. He gives us a choice. Why is it so hard for us to allow and accept that for other people? Until we are able to do that, to love “them” as they are, and to be beacons of His light to them, hopefully making them, at the very least, curious about what we have in Him, we don’t have to worry about anyone else removing Christ from Christmas, or taking God out of schools, or kicking Him out of the White House. He’s  perfectly safe.  We’ve got Him so well hidden from the rest of the world, they won’t ever be able to find Him.

  152. Harry, A fool says in his heart; “There is no God” Harry please read Romans 1:18 thru the end of the chapter. Read and believe – I pray you will.

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  159. If it weren’t for Facebook I would have never known there was a “problem” with the “red cup”. No one I knew was ever upset about it, but there were claims all over the place that Christians were…. Frankly I think it’s a pretty shade of red they chose for their cup.

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