I’m usually a little late to the game about writing my opinion on current issues. I really should have wrote and posted this a few days ago, maybe more people would have read it. Here’s what I think about the whole #MerryChristmasStarbucks debacle.
Surely you have heard that Starbucks has decided to use a plain red cup this holiday season instead of having any Christmas or winter images on them. In response, some Christians/Conservatives are going into Starbucks and telling the baristas to write Merry Christmas on their cups instead of their names. It all started with this video.
Honestly, I don’t need to spend a lot of time telling you what I think. Two people explain exactly how I feel about this better than I probably could.
Brady Cone posted this on Facebook. It’s gotten thousands of Likes and Shares, and I think he puts it quite well.
The second person who sheds a lot of light on this subject is Todd Friel, the host of Wretched TV. He said this on Focus Today.
There’s one more point I’d like to make. This one I’ll make myself.
Something that seems to have happened in the American church is the blurring of the lines between Christianity and Conservatism. A while back, I wrote about Cultured Christianity. In this post (which I highly recommend you read) I explained how not everything that you may believe to be a Christian value, is actually from the Bible. Some of the values that people cling to as Christian are actually something they have picked up from their culture, not from Christ. I think this is what has happened here.
Brady Cone and Todd Friel both take a highly Biblical position on this issue. Joshua Feuerstein and the #MerryChristmasStarbucks movement are taking a Conservative position, but have masked it as Christian. The dead giveaway in the Joshua Feuerstein video is when he pulls out his gun and makes his remark about the 2nd amendment. That’s not Biblical, that’s cultural. I completely agree with his point about guns, but I’m not going to try and wrap it into something I’m claiming as the Christian thing to do.
It’s important when things like this come up to take a moment to step back and look at the situation from a Biblical point of view. Is what’s going on here in the name of Christ, really something Christ would have done? What would Christ do in this situation? And something I wish more people would ask, am I doing this because I’m a Christian or is it just because I’m a conservative?