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Christians “Brew”ding Over Red Cups

Christians “Brew”ding Over Red Cups
Nov 09 Tags: starbucks | 15 Responses Print Save as PDF

With the recent uproar on social media by Christians over the Starbucks Christmas cups, I felt it was applicable to touch on a subject that brings out many varying opinions.  The topic is a simple one: Do we expect the world, and more specifically, our country to act like Christ?

Misplaced expectations

It surprises me that so many Christians get upset about their country “becoming less Christian”.  I don’t see anywhere in the New Testament the notion that there is even such a thing as a “Christian Country”.

The apostle Paul writing under one of the worst rulers of all time, Nero, exhorted the believers to respect the government they were under. They were to pray for their leaders and live peaceful lives.

When believers rant and rave about a secular company’s coffee cups and lament at how “they” are taking Christ out of their land, how is Christ reflected in a positive way?

What do we expect?

Why would we believe that non-Christians should promote Jesus in a positive way? The Lord told us exactly what to expect from the world.

In John 15:18, the Lord  says, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.”  Why would we expect the world to do “Christian” things?

A secular company doesn’t have to put Christmas symbols on their cups. They don’t have to post “Merry Christmas” on their walls.  They don’t have to place a nativity scene in their windows.

Where does our allegiance belong?

In Philippians 3:20-21 Paul writes, “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,  who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”

As believers, our entire focus should be on our citizenship in Heaven. Yes, we are to obey our government and it’s good to love the country we live in. But this national patriotism should not come at the expense of our heavenly patriotism.  God is not in the business of setting up Christian governments. He’s in the business of saving souls.

Who should promote Jesus?

We need to ask ourselves what we are doing to promote the cause of Christ. And what is His cause? Saving souls. If we are taken up with fighting political battles, we are wasting time from furthering the truth of the gospel in the lives of men and women all across our lands.

We can’t look to companies, governments and schools to “keep Christ in Christmas”. It’s not their job; it’s the role of the church.  It’s the body of Christ that needs to reflect the character of Christ in a lost world. Only then can a real work be done in our nations.


Stop worrying about Starbucks. Stop complaining about what is not being done for Christ by a world that we are told will hate Him. Stop ranting about cups.

Instead, love people as Christ loved. Feed the poor. Help the needy. Comfort the grieving. Support the weary. Encourage the faint-hearted. Preach the gospel to all.

And remember, they are only red cups!

Crawford Paul

Crawford is an elder at Rolling Meadows Bible Chapel in Ontario and has a passion for the assemblies. He and his wife Beth serve in various ways within the assembly to build up and encourage the believers. He is president of Legacy Ministries Canada, an organization focused on helping individual Christians, local churches and Christian organizations with financial, legal and governance matters. Check it out at legacycanada.org

15 Responses to Christians “Brew”ding Over Red Cups

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    Desmond McCurry

    Thank you Crawford.

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    Anna Grist

    YES!! You have eloquently stated the sentiments of my own heart with this… Such a waste of time and also makes believers look petty and whiny, closing many an otherwise open door for real truth to come out.

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    Well said! Not to mention that many Christians don’t even celebrate Christmas 🙂

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    Sean Lee

    Amen & Thank you!

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    Scott Thomson

    Thank you Crawford, your article is a breath of fresh air. I couldn’t agree more.

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    Justin Spence

    I agree 100% with this comment. There is no such thing as a Christian country and I don’t know why people think there is. There are people in the country that are Christians, but not enough of them to even remotely say that we live in or are from a Christian country. I just became a Christian last year and have just been accepted into fellowship here in the Japanese assembly although I am originally from Canada. Thank you for putting this information out there and setting believers straight. Its high time we got to heart of the matter and spread the gospel not complaints.

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    Becky Musgrove

    My thoughts exactly! Not to mention that what Starbucks took off of the cups (winter scenes of children sledding, reindeer, etc.) has absolutely nothing to do with Christ anyways. I’m not sure why we expect completely secular organizations to promote Christ (or why we’d even want them to)!

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    Good points, making for peace of mind, and room for grace and thankfulness, that Christians still have a voice, and a place recognized in our society. This may be an example of Cultural Syncretism…but my main reason for commenting is to request that that this response to the uproar, include firstly, a statement summarizing clearly, the particulars of the perceived offense and uproar…

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    Mark Jacobberger

    The only christian “entity” in existance is the church and it’s actually an organism, a body. Even schools are only christian to the extent that christians spend time there – the school it self may promote christian teachings and the individual students and teachers may reflect Christ well, but the entity itself as an organization can not be christian any more than a country. Good article!

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    Carl Ambrosano

    What a perfectly framed, eloquently stated comment on this whole situation… I commented on it yesterday on Facebook, and I must confess I was not as calm or gentle about it… For years I have observed the misguided efforts of people, however sincere, to “stand up for Christmas” and, in doing so, wind up defending inaccuracy and error. One of the Elders of our assembly stated it well a while back… why should we be surprised when the world behaves in a worldly manner?

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    An excellent article. Perfect in its wisdom and knowledge of the meaning of Christianity and the role of Christians in politics.

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    Good point, Crawford. Besides, if you must have a reason to boycott Starbucks, their advocacy for gay marriage and funding of Planned Parenthood are arguably more significant.

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