The War on Starbucks

The War on Christmas...Starbucks cups. We've all heard about this crazy debate by now. A lot of Christians are mad that Starbucks has changed their infamous red Christmas cups with phrases like "Merry Christmas" and Christmas tree designs to simple, plain red cups.

Wait what? People are seriously mad that an international coffee corporation has changed their cups?! Oh the humanity! People have been going to weird and outrageous means to "fight back." Most include ordering from Starbucks and saying their name is "Mary Christmas." So... you're "fighting back" by giving money to them..? Makes sense.

I'm a big fan of Starbucks. In fact, I'm drinking some right now. It's convenient on campus (we have 4 different places that "proudly brew Starbucks Coffee") and I can use my "campus cash" rather than real money. And I'm addicted to my grande soy chai tea lattes. So clearly, I'm not going to boycott the place. In addition to my addiction,  I think the whole thing is some BS. I think some people are forgetting that other religions do exist. While America is 70% Christian, that means there are 30%, or 95.67 million non-Christians. Kind of a big number, eh?

I grew up in an area that had a large Jewish population, so I'm used to being politically correct when it comes to the holiday season (see what I did there?). Our schools never said "Christmas break" or "Merry Christmas." It was always "winter break" and "Happy Holidays." That's just what I grew up with, so I'm used to it. Now I go to a Christian school, in a predominantly Christian state. It's a much different culture.

Basically what I'm saying is that there's no reason to be "fighting" Starbucks. They're just being politically correct, but even more so, that's not what Christmas is about. It's not about the instagrams with the red cup, it's not about the pumpkin spice lattes or the peppermint mochas. It's about being giving and loving of everyone, regardless of religion. Christians aren't better than anyone else, each religion has the right to their own religion, celebrations, thoughts and cultures. Just because we make up the majority, doesn't mean we get to be big bullies. That's not the Christian way. I think this verse sums it up for me: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is none other commandment greater than these." -Mark 12:31

What're your thoughts on this so-called "war on Christmas?" I'd love to hear any and all opinions, so comment below! Have a great Tuesday, everyone!

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