I think this is hilarious, and following up on my post about Starbucks and the Red Cup Controversy, allow me to present the Star(bucks) Wars!
Alright, so Starbucks seems to quite innocently introduce a simplistic, two-toned cup design for their annual holiday Red Cup. Looks like this:
An Evangelist on social gives Christianity a black eye and takes this lack of design or pattern personally. You see, Starbucks has in the past included snowflakes, trees, or ornament patterns on the Red Cup and anything less than that is, to this man Anti-Christmas. Gasp! Oh, no, say it isn’t so! A new-age, anti-Christian coffee shop is taking patterns off of their cups! No!!!
So, this guy blows up social media with a feiry: “Starbucks is the Antchrist!”, or something similar; completely ignoring the fact that red is a Christmas color more than trees and snowflakes are Christmas patterns. There would be no Christmas without the blood of Christ. That and red and green don’t go together atbany other time of the year, so why bother even making it a red cup if you’re going to go all Anti-Christmas on us?
Just a few days ago, in an attempt to become the holiday friendly company coming off the heels of a Christmas confetti explosion called the “Red Cup Controversy”, Dunkin Donuts has introduced their JOY cup.
That’s about as Christmasy as you can get. Social media has again responded, this time, hailing Dunkin Donuts as the “Savior of Christmas”, or some mumbo-jumbo like that. Not that it’s wrong of Dunkin Donuts to promote joy this Christmas, but the timing seems awfully convenient don’t you think?
Well, that alone is a story, but it’s not the end of this story. In retaliation to Dunkin Donuts “Joy” cup, Starbucks has returned with their own marketing ploy, consequently it is also named the “Joy Cup”.
The only thing about this cup, well, there are a lot of things wrong about this cup, but one big thing is that Starbucks seems to be the center of the red and green themed Christmas joy. Again though, it’s 50% marketing and 50% trying to recover from the Red Cup explosion.
In the midst of the Star(bucks) Wars we see the commercialism of Christmas, but also the reason behind it. Every business want to make Christmas about you, while in reality making it about them. To convince you to buy from them, they appeal to your Christmas spirit by being as festive as they can; but it’s not because they like Christmas, it’s because they like the money Christmas brings. Christmas isn’t about you, it’s not about Christ, it’s about the lost.
Wow! Pause right there for a moment. What? Did I really just say that God’s holiday isn’t about His Son? Did I really just say that you are not the reason He came and therefore the reason for the season?
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
God came for the lost, if you’re a Christian, you’re not the lost, you are the saved. For Christians, Christmas is a time of rejoicing. But, Christ came to save, if we are saved, Christmas is no longer about us: it’s about them. And the lost in the world are not just the poor and destitute, but also the rich and famous. Hell is no respecter of persons, it accepts the rich and poor alike.
Christ came, but the reason He came is the reason for this season. With all the different people and businesses vying for your money and your attention, focus on the real reason for the season.
As always, thanks for reading.
—the anonymous novelist