I hope you are not one of those folks who were bent out of shape over the “Starbuck’s Red Cup” controversy. It seems so many Christians become agitated and cry “persecuted” for the silliest of reasons. The real “offense” in this controversy seems to be our optimistic and unrealistic expectations of unbelievers. We seem to think unbelievers can and should act the way believers in Christ are supposed to believe and act.
I am no longer much of a Starbuck’s drinker but if I choose to celebrate the Advent and Christmas season with a peppermint latte I am not going to feel guilt for doing so. I am not going to feel anguish for drinking from a red cup which lacks a “Merry Christmas” on the side of it. I am just going to enjoy my latte and maybe even pray the barista who serves me might come to faith in Christ.
If you really want to make a difference this Christmas season then begin praying for the people leading companies like Starbucks. Pray they will be convicted of the reality of God and the way to a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. Pray they will see Jesus in us and not be distracted from Him by our fixation on things like red coffee cups.
Just a hunch, but I don’t remember Jesus evangelizing via protest or boycott. Disengaging and demonizing those who aren’t Christian rarely endears them to our faith…unconditional love, justice and mercy seem more likely to do the trick.
If unbelievers could think, believe and act like believers in Christ the reality of the power of God and His ability to change us would be rightly questioned by an unbelieving world. Rather than condemn unbelievers for living as they are, let us pray and show them an alternative life available through the power of a right relationship with Christ!