An Open Letter From An Unapologetic Christian to Those Who Are Up In Arms About Starbucks

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To my fellow Christians who are up in arms about the so-called “war on Christmas”:

Cut it out.

No, really. Just stop. You’re giving all of us a bad name. And worse, you’re giving Christ a bad name.

There is no war on Christmas. Christian America quite successfully corrupted Christmas into a free-for-all greed fest without any help from people who hate religion.

And as for the rest…Does it really matter if Starbucks prints a red cup instead of a red cup with completely non-religious ornament shapes on it? Is anyone’s right to worship really being curtailed by the failure of the city to put a tacky light-up Nativity scene on public property? Have we forgotten that when people say “happy holidays,” they are actually, literally referring to a holy day? And why are we making such a hullabaloo about Christmas in the first place, when the reason for Christianity’s existence is Easter?

Christ in Christmas

Credit, I believe, goes to “Wild Goose Festival,” via Facebook

There are plenty of things in this world worth raising the ire of those of us who profess to follow Christ. Violations of human dignity in many forms we’d rather not confront, because the fingers point back at us as often as they point elsewhere. Violence. Pollution and overconsumption. (See: disposable red cups.) Refugee crises, and the violations of human rights and dignity that cause them. Various -isms. A government full of politicians who can’t play well enough with others to do something as fundamental as pass a budget.

But no, by all means, let’s focus on the design of disposable cups and whether we say “happy holidays” or “Merry Christmas.” Priorities, you know.

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And with that, I’m going quiet for the week. I need to circle the wagons and get some work done.

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6 thoughts on “An Open Letter From An Unapologetic Christian to Those Who Are Up In Arms About Starbucks

  1. I agree with you except for one thing. The Happy Holiday thing. Totally annoys me. Not because of the words as much as the fact that employees can’t say what phrase they want to say. If they want to say Merry Christmas, they should be able to. It’s called Freedom of speech. And all of these things are symptoms of a world turning away from Christ and away from those more important issues you listed. Persecution always starts with the little things.
    As for Starbucks. Yes. I agree. Overreaction.
    Hope your week goes well 🙂

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