Drink from this red cup in remembrance of me

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I’m sorry, Jesus.

At first I thought it was just some random nonsense my son found and posted on his Facebook page. I should know better because he rarely posts random stuff.

It was a video of a guy upset that the Starbucks holiday cups are out and they’re solid red. Apparently this is just another salvo in the “War on Christmas.”

In full disclosure, my son also works for Starbucks. It’s his survival job as he makes his way into his film career.

On a side note, a blog post about artists and their survival jobs (I have one of my own), might be interesting.

Not long after I saw my son’s post, more stories started filling my Facebook feed.

Apparently the Starbucks “War on Christmas” is a thing. Or at least a thing for some.

So, let me get this straight.

  • A little more than a month ago, a gunman kills nine and we’re told that he first asked if they were Christians…
  • ISIS is beheading Christians in the Middle East…
  • Millions of people are victims of human trafficking…and many are right here in the United States.

And you’re worried that there’s no reindeer on your freakin’ coffee cup?

You keep using that religion. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Look, I get it that there’s a growing antagonism toward Christianity. Jesus said there would be.

I’m no theological scholar, but I’m pretty darn sure he wasn’t talking about coffee cups.

It’s one thing to be mocked for your faith. And yes, that happens.

It’s quite another to be mocked because you’re doing something mockable.

Some of Christ’s followers need to read a lot less Breitbart and a lot more Beattitudes.

It’s. A. Coffee. Cup.

Here’s a challenge:

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

– Matthew 25:35-40

This week, and maybe this month and next, instead of getting upset about what is or isn’t on your coffee cup, save the money you’d spend on that high-priced, high calorie speciality drink and use it to feed the hungry, or clothe the poor.

Or, offer a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name.

He won’t care what’s written, or not written, on the side.

You shouldn’t either.

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