Why Are Some Christians Fired Up About the Starbucks Red Cup?

 

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The short answer: I have NO idea!

Let me start this post by saying, for those of you that don’t know, I am a Christian. Lutheran, to be more specific.  I was baptized into the church my mom grew up in, and it has been a huge part of my life since the day I was born.  I love God, I believe in Jesus, and I know I am saved by grace.

That being said, I can’t help but rant a little bit about one of the things I’ve been seeing online lately.  For those that don’t know, apparently there are Christians that are livid about the design for the 2015 Starbucks red cup. The red cup is what all hot beverages at Starbucks get served in for the months of November and December to add a little color to the holiday season’s coffee.

I have always loved the red cup.  My first red cup each season is a moment I savor as I sip my skinny peppermint mocha, which is a beverage I only allow myself during red cup season. The red cup is usually a deep shade of red and printed with adorable white holiday designs; snowflakes, sleighs, ornaments, etc.  This year, however, it is this really plain ombre red cup that starts as a deeper red at the bottom (the color I prefer) and fades into an obnoxiously bright red at the top.  Now, I was very disappointed in this cup, as were many others. I didn’t feel like it was nearly as festive as in years past…but that did not send my Christian heart into a wild haze of espresso flavored fury.

Apparently this blank cup made Christians accuse Starbucks of taking away the meaning of Christmas. Removing all of the symbols (I repeat, of snow, sleighs, wintery animals, ornaments, etc) I guess also removed the hope of Jesus’ birth. The pastor that started all of this Starbucks angst even said ” Starbucks REMOVED CHRISTMAS from their cups because they hate Jesus.”

Really….?

You, my dear pastor friend, are the reasons that being a Christian is starting to get a bad reputation rather than a good one.  All of this extremist, “lets get angry and offended about anything, even if it doesn’t have anything to do with us directly” attitude is not what Jesus wants.  It’s not what he would do! How do you expect to be able to spread the Gospel and share God’s love when you are too busy ranting about a cup from a SECULAR company??  There has never been a nativity scene, a cross, or a baby Jesus on the Starbucks cup, so really, this has nothing to do with Christianity or Starbucks hating Jesus. For the love of God (literally), stop making us look bad!

If your Christmas spirit and celebration of the birth of Jesus is solely dependent on secular winter images appearing on your Starbucks cup, maybe you don’t know the true meaning of Christmas..

Starbucks’ claim as to why they designed the cup this way is because people have started doodling on their cups and turning them into works of art. This design allows people to tell their own holiday stories, rather than have the stories Starbucks chooses to tell on the cup.  That’s all fine and dandy; Boring, and less fun and festive, but fine.

My First 2015 Red Cup

My first Red Cup of 2015 being enjoyed while shopping at Target

If you, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, want to spend your holiday ranting and raving about a coffee cup, trying to turn people against this coffee chain and making Christians look bad (or crazy..), that’s you choice.  Me? I will be focused on spreading the joy and love of the holiday season, just like Jesus would want…all the while enjoying my skinny peppermint mocha or a gingerbread latte out of a brightly colored Starbucks Red Cup and thanking the good Lord for creating the coffee bean.

The Japan Starbucks Sakura Season

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As you might know, I am a little bit of a HUGE coffee addict.  Lucky for me, we have a Starbucks right in the center of the area we are staying in Japan.  The other day it was so nice outside that I went for a walk and decided to give myself a special treat of an iced coffee, which I only get when I deem the weather warm enough.

When I walked into Starbucks that day (Feb 23, 2015) I was surprised to see signs indicating that a special time of year was upon us in Japan.  There was a special drink menu and everything, all of Sakura season, which is the blossoming of the cherry blossoms.

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The Curse of the Black Mold & The Friday 5

The first edition of what I’m going to call my “Friday 5”- 5 thoughts of the week.  Here we go:

The Curse of the Black Mold

Every few days I look in my toilet and see these black streaks that inevitably creep on back despite the toilet’s cleaning a few days before.  The mold here is unlike anything I’ve experienced before.  I actually asked the admin at the music school I work at if this mysterious black toilet ring was normal or if Erik and I were just dirty people and we didn’t realize it.  Thankfully, she explained that for some reason the mold down here likes to take over our world, and she wasn’t kidding.  Every few days I have to wash my cup in the bathroom (you can literally see the curse forming on the bottom), and the once a week I wash the toilet isn’t nearly enough, but any more often feels like a waste of toilet cleaner. And yes, I have one of those toilet tablet things in there too.   I even have to wash the faucets because the mold will actually grow and disrupt water flow in the sink.  Horrifying, disgusting, and now apparently a regular part of my life….

 

 

Bauble Bar Buried Baubles

A recent discovery of mine is Bauble Bar’s Buried Baubles.  Pictured above is the necklace I got today for $10 (and free shipping, always free shipping).  I also have a really cute sparkle cuff coming for the same price.. Oh and by the way, the necklace is usually $28 and the cuff was $30.  Yeah, got them both for $10 each.  Thank you Bauble Bar for helping me expand my accessory collection.  They also have a points plan, meaning for every dollar you spend you get a point (yes, you get points for the buried baubles), and 100 points makes $10 off a purchase.  I love loyalty programs.  Visit Bauble Bar, create an account and get your hands on some buried baubles.

 

Wedding Invitations 

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Pictured above is the box of lovely wedding invitations I got in the mail yesterday thanks to a good friend from church back in Des Plaines, Pam, who has known me as long as I can remember.  I now have the daunting task of getting these babies out in the mail.  With most of the envelope labeling done, I just have to add RSVP envelopes and registry cards (custom made, super cute, should be here in a few days) to each one, get postage and send them on their merry way.  Everything else for the wedding has seemed so simple that this task actually makes me go “wow, this is actually happening!”  A stressful task, but I’m super excited to get these invitations out of my apartment and into the hands of our guests.

It’s Pumpkin Season!!!

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My favorite part of fall is the world turns into a pumpkin flavored world.  The first pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks is an event celebrated by coffee drinkers everywhere.  Okay..maybe not everywhere, but I know many people make it an event, even if it’s one no one else knows about.  My world turns into a pumpkin heaven.  Pumpkin spice coffee creamer, sweet cinnamon pumpkin shower gel, and pumpkin candles takes the edge off of the fact the world is going to get colder soon.

Which brings me to my #5

Summer in September

The last few days it has either passed 90 degrees or gotten quite  close.  While I know the temperatures are still high in many places, once September rolls around I start to dread the inevitable approach of winter.  Yesterday, as I was discussing how cold it was in my studio (and how that made dressing difficult since it was freezing inside and boiling outside) with one of my students, I asked her mother how long it would be until it actually cooled down enough to be considered fall weather.  Her answer: November! Apparently they’ve had Halloweens that were over 80 degrees down here.  Apparently I have to deal with the warmth sticking around for a while longer, and those of you who know me are well aware that this is a happy thing for me 🙂