Written by cycleguy on November 11th, 2015

First a quote:

To define who you are, you must define who you aren’t.  Unique by Phil Cooke-p.74

Now an observation which may get me tarred and feathered:

I am tired of followers of Christ being so negative that we are being known more for what we are against than what we are for. As Phil states in his book (previously mentioned): “We will become known as ‘the people who are against everything.'”

Case in point: (this is my observation and granted I don’t know nor care to really know the whole story) the current flap over Starbucks coffee mugs.

May I be blunt? Who gives a flyin’ rip what color coffee mugs are? I don’t care if they are purple, black, green, chartreuse, pink. or plain white. ‘Course that is sort of unfair of me since I don’t drink Starbucks. Oops, I don’t even drink coffee. 🙂 But honestly, what difference does it make if a company wants to make red coffee mugs? Chipotle, my favorite place to eat, has white cups with stories on it and often have their “animal/food policy printed on it. Jo & I even have coffee cups with Santa Claus on it. (Please don’t boycott my blog!) Funny thing…neither one of us drinks that nasty stuff.

Oh…but followers of Christ have to make their voice known for being against Starbucks. Seriously? It really matters? A soul is lost and spending eternity without Jesus all because of a red coffee mug? Seems like shades of Westboro going on.

Anyway, let’s stop all the negativity. We have a positive message of God’s love for man, demonstrated by Jesus coming as a baby, living as a man, dying on a cross and raising again. I’d much rather spend my time talking and promoting that than some fight over some stupid coffee mug.

Alright…your time to weigh in.


27 Comments so far ↓

  1. Jeff says:

    I have to defend the coffee lovers. A very natural bean, properly roasted, ground and then brewed at the right temperature for the proper amount of time. Nasty? Nasty is a Dr. Pepper

    Carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, artificial and natural flavors, sodium benzoate (preservative), caffeine.

    At least it has caffeine.

    • cycleguy says:

      Defend away Jeff. 🙂 I could never handle the taste. I also realize what is in Dr. Pepper. And it tastes so much better! But that also explains why I limit the amount I do drink.

  2. Daniel says:

    I think you kind of covered everything I could have said on this topic.

  3. I was listening to the song Home For The Holidays last night. If that song came out now I wonder who would get upset?

  4. Rodney Olsen says:

    I still can’t understand why so many Christians keep getting angry when people and businesses that don’t claim to be believers don’t act as if they are believers. (Not that putting a slogan on a coffee cup is a sign of faith in Christ anyway.)

  5. Zee Gimon says:

    It amazed me that people keep on talking about it (I mean, on Facebook) and some are even going to length and trolling the baristas by saying their name’s Merry Christmas (so the barista has to write that on the cup). Seriously?? Like they are going to do SO MUCH GOOD by having a cup that has “Merry Christmas” written on it – kind of like people here sanctifying bottles of vodka on Easter morning so that the vodka would be sanctified and therefore good to drink. BLEH.

    And it’s as if previous ornaments were CHRISTIAN. Never knew that Santa, snowman, snowflakes, and tree ornaments stood for CHRISTMAS.

    I’m off the soap box 😀

  6. Kari Scare says:

    Not only do we need to not get riled up over plain, red coffee cups, we also need to remember that the loud voices of a few blockheads don’t speak for all Christians either. (I have been wanting to use “blockhead” in a post or comment… thanks for the opportunity.)

    • cycleguy says:

      you made me laugh Kari. Sadly, there will be those who will lump all christians together. Blockheads…I love it!

      • Kari Scare says:

        P.S. My husband says I’m a coffee snob… one of my favorites comes in that controversial red cup. The coffee lover wants what the coffee lover wants.

        • cycleguy says:

          And the Dr Pepper lover wants what the Dr Pepper lover wants. I prefer Dr Pepper 10 actually. 🙂 Am I allowed to associate with someone who drinks from that controversial red cup?

          • Kari Scare says:

            My husband is a DP drinker, though he likes coffee too. Well, you’ve associated with one for a couple of years now… Why should that change now? Plus, I’d be offended if my red-cup addiction offended you.

  7. Pam says:

    Exactly, Bill! I totally agree! What is the fuss about? Blockheads is right!

  8. Not sure either. Wonder if the people boycotting or asking for Merry Christmas on their cup noticed all the wonderful Christmas music playing in the Starbuck’s locations??? It certainly wasn’t ‘holiday’ music when I was there on Tuesday. Bring your own cup and help save the environment.

  9. Jacci says:

    AMEN! (that is all 🙂 )

  10. Deb Wolf says:

    I often wonder how complainers think they are going to encourage anyone to join the family. Ooh we are a dysfunctional bunch! The rest of us just have to keep sharing love to make it clear that those few don’t speak for the rest of us. Blessings!!

  11. I am with you all the way, Bill! As an astute pastor pointed out in one article I read, snowflakes and Santa are NOT about the Christian message, and he’s absolutely spot on. As Christians, we should be spending time reaching out to those in need, not needing to gripe about trivial issues. If we relegate our protests to something as stupid as this, how many souls are we missing for Jesus?

  12. Oh, except I DO love my coffee! 🙂

  13. If all a Christian has to do with their time is complain about coffee cups, they need to go back to the Bible. Now I’m not excluding myself from that even though I don’t care one iota about the color of cups. We need to live the love of our Father and see people touched by His grace. This stuff just gets in the way and is ridiculously sad… Thanks Bill, you totally bummed me out with this stuff again. Ha! 🙂