Every week some controversy or “atrocity” goes viral and everyone and their mother has something to say about it. This week’s drama centers around Starbucks and their infamous Christmas cup.
Now, I could go into detail about the whole situation, but I have no reason to (and honestly just don’t care). Ultimately, Starbucks isn’t who I want to make an appeal to. Rather, I want to speak to the hearts of my fellow Christians.
The bottom line here is: we should not be fighting for something that Jesus would not fight for. We raise high what the Bible raises high and this aint it. It is our culture’s current trend to look for drama, for something to sensationalize. But as Christians, we are called to live quiet peaceable lives (1 Thessalonians 4:11)–lives that are centered around Jesus and the Gospel. Lives that light up our world, not the news feeds.
Romans 12:14-21 “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Our mission is not to uphold our religious rights or to demand we be treated equally. Jesus actually calls us to lay down everything (our rights, freedoms, preferences, comforts, money, time etc) in service to him and to others.
Mark 10:45 “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Philippians 3:8 “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.”
Do not be fooled. Fighting for trivial things such as a particular cup is not fighting for Jesus or the gospel. Yes, you are making a stand and making a stir but while supposedly done in the name of Jesus it is certainly not for Jesus. Getting worked up over something like this generates attention but it points eyes and ears to you, rather than towards God. It sends the message that you are righteous and deserve to be treated as such. But reality is, Jesus is our righteousness, without him we are nothing. And demanding our way is not his way. The Bible doesn’t call you to raise yourself and your rights high, it calls you to raise Jesus high that all men might be drawn unto him.
So, as followers and ambassadors of Christ, let’s focus on our mission. To know God and to make him known. To glorify his name rather than ours. We are called to be the light of the world and raise Jesus high–not some paper cup. In the end, no matter the color of the cup or the words printed on it, a cup is a cup. It can’t save anyone and is nothing special. Sure, you can fill one with water and find that it will sustain your body as you drink it, but in a couple of hours you are going to be thirsty again and at some point in our lives, no matter how many cups we have touched or drank from, we will all experience death. BUT, as Christians, we have drank water from an eternal source, from Jesus himself. We have a hope that goes well beyond Starbucks. So stop being consumed with the affairs of the world and thus offering people a paper cup. Use the life and influence you have been given, use your words and passion to glorify God and offer people a drink that matters. Offer them Jesus. He is the only one that can sustain their soul…
John 4:13-14 “Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
1 Peter 2:22-25 “[Jesus] committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”