The War on Red Cups


My Facebook feed has been taken over.

There is apparently a “War on Red Cups.”  And I’ve been asked to serve the ‘Christian Army’ who has declared said war.

You see, there’s basically 2 types of Christians these days.   Those who would rather be known for what they are FOR, and then those who would rather be known for what they are AGAINST.

Just for the record: I’m in that first group. And I dislike the behavior of the second.

In fact, I’m completely embarrassed by the second group.  They do not represent me.
And the second group has now declared war on Starbucks.

And get this … it’s because of a solid RED CUP.

Starbucks loves the holidays, and Christmas is no exception. But this year unlike others,
their cups lack some design, according to some.The last few years (as you may recall) they’ve been decorated with snowflakes, stars, snowmen, and words like “Joy” and “Peace.”   But this year they decided to keep it simple: a solid red cup.

(Honestly … doesn’t “simple” at Christmas sounds nice?)

Well, the second group of Christians flipped.  Or perhaps it’s just that one former pastor in Arizona who issued the challenge to every patron of Starbucks to demand baristas write “Merry Christmas” on their cups instead of their real names as a prank.

Are we in 4th grade?

People have sent me links to that video and asked me to share it.   You can stop now.
I won’t be sharing, thank you.

And sir, the joke may be on you.  You’ve just asked millions of people to go buy coffee
at Starbucks because you are upset.  Perhaps they should treat you, Mr. Christmas.

Bottom line:
To say that Starbucks is anti-Jesus because they serve coffee in a solid red cup is ridiculous.  Here’s why:  Has Starbucks at any other time presented a scripture or the word “Jesus” on their cups?  No.  So declaring war or asking for a boycott of the company (like Donald Trump just suggested) is absurd.

After all, no one is declaring war on Red Solo Cups.  And you have every right to!
Solo has ever printed a scripture on or the word “Jesus” on it’s cups.  Just a solid red
cup that you can fill up.

Let’s get real here.

Boycotts embarrass us all.  I’m really speaking to the second group of Christians here. I’m sincerely convinced it’s not the way of Jesus.

For example: I’ll never forget a couple years ago several people asked me to sign a petition to take action against comedian Kathy Griffin because she told Jesus to “suck it” on live TV.

I never signed that petition because I didn’t think Jesus would boycott her shows. I think he would have a conversation with her and show her love. (If you disagree with me here, you have my full permission to stop reading my post and start reading the Bible).

Yet a “Christian” organization purchased a $100,000 full-page ad in USA Today to smear Kathy’s name and ask people to boycott her.

Side note: Why do professing Christians seem to demand that those who don’t even worship or follow Jesus Christ act like they do?  For the record: Starbucks has never claimed to be a “Christian” company.

Think of what GOOD that organization could have done with ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS for the cause of Christ.  Instead, they were apparently convinced that taking Kathy Griffin down would advance our mission and compel more people who don’t know Jesus to want Him.

Before declaring “War” or boycotting anyone, let’s think about what message we are sending.  Many of my barista friends have questioned me personally over the last 48 hours about my stance on this cup situation. And I’m completely disheartened that I, a member of the first group of Christians, got labeled as one from the second group the last few days.

I pray that one day there will only be one, united group of Christians. A group that is united over the only cause that matters – Jesus lifted high.

And I pray that the war, between us, and over silly things (like Red Cups) will soon be over.

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10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Starbucks

Chances are, you’ve already been to Starbucks today or plan to visit later.  This brand has become a global powerhouse and doesn’t plan to curtail its plans to expand moving forward. I love my cup of Joe too (preferably Iced, thank you), but these are 10 mind-blowing facts about the bean giant that I’ll bet you didn’t know:

1. There are more than 87,000 possible drink combinations at Starbucks.

2. A grande coffee has 330 milligrams of caffeine, more than four times the amount of caffeine found in a Red Bull.

3. Starbucks uses 4 billion paper cups per year.

4. The company earned more than $1.25 billion in profit last year, enough to buy every American 2 cups of coffee.

5. Starbucks has grown an average of 2 stores every day for the last 27 years.

6. There are plans to open over 1,000 new stores in China in the next year alone.

7. The coffee giant spends more in employee health care than coffee beans each year.

8. The most loyal 20% of Starbucks customers visit the store at least 16 times monthly.

9. Sante Fe Springs, CA has the most Starbucks stores in a 25-mile radius with 560 stores!

10. In the week leading up to Christmas 2013, the company sold more than 2 million gift cards every single day.