Starbucks’ Terrible War on Christmas

Starbucks’ terrible war on Christmas has recently been revealed. Some guy made a video exposing this terrible war by rhetorically asking, “Do you realize that Starbucks wanted to take Christ and Christmas off of their brand new cups? That’s why they’re just plain red. In fact, do you realize that Starbucks isn’t allowed to say ‘Merry Christmas’ to customers?”

Thankfully, he explains how to win this terrible war. Simply tell the Starbucks’ barista that your name is Merry Christmas forcing them to say your “name” out loud.

This is like trying to get someone to say a sinner’s prayer and conclude them believers in Jesus based solely on repeating words rather than actually believing in Jesus. Maybe tricking Starbucks’ baristas into saying Merry Christmas can be a new kind of prayer – the Starbucks’ Christmas prayer!

I digress. But this really is Starbucks’ terrible war on Christmas. This war is terrible because Starbucks’ still sells Christmas blend coffee, an Advent calendar, and a Merry Christmas gift card. And this war is terrible, ultimately, because it doesn’t exist. Oh, and it is been noted by several Starbucks’ employees that they are allowed to say Merry Christmas.

Starbucks no more has a war with Christmas than any other secular, non-Christian owned company. Sure, Starbucks has moved away from traditional Christmas decorations to a plain red cup. What is now missing from their cups are things like Christmas trees and snowflakes – the same things that were missing during Jesus’ actual birth.

I am not under the faulty impression that Starbucks move to the red Holiday Cups is a way to further embrace the Christmas tradition. Rather, it seems they are attempting to be more inclusive of their customer base. As a for-profit secular company, why should we expect any less? Ironically, Christmas is still the American Federal holiday during December so there is no truly getting around Christmas.

Yet, what we Christians need to understand is just because unbelievers say “Merry Christmas” does not mean they care about Jesus’ birth and the gospel. Jesus did not give the Great Commission to unbelievers or corporations or corporations owned by unbelievers. A corporation may choose to lift up Christmas during its season above other holidays or not.

Boycott the company or embrace it, it is up to you. But remember, it is the Christians’ job, together as members of the church and in each individual’s life, to make Christ known. Spreading emotions and nostalgia a few weeks per year is not necessarily making Christ known. In fact, the American Christmas season may give people a faulty view of the Christian life.

Fellow Christians, let’s not rely on corporate decorations or the like in order to make our Christmas celebrations meaningful. There are just many sinners around us during the 12 days of Christmas as the rest of the year. Instead, let’s practice the ministry of reconciliation year-round living as witnesses for Christ doing all for his glory.

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18 Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.” 21 He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 
2 Corinthians 5:18-21 (HCSB)

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1 kalebpenner November 12, 2015 at 5:26 pm

Saw a wonderful response to this on facebook.

Written on a red cup:
“If what Starbucks does with their cups in December defines your Christmas, maybe its you who needs Jesus.”


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