How I learned to stop worrying and enjoy the coffee

November 9th, 2015

This Starbucks red cup thing needs no more press (yeah, so here’s a blog post about it … smooth). Some are upset that Starbucks’ holiday disposable cup doesn’t saying anything about Christmas. I would hope that Christians are too busy with doing the things Jesus said to do as he read from the scroll of Isaiah (Luke 4) to worry about cardboard graphics, but with that said, here are my top five things to think about.

1. Use a refillable mug, and fill it with decaf. It seems some folks don’t need any more caffeine.

2. Economy and evangelism have a tense marriage. We should host a potluck, and have them sit down for a good conversation. It seems like one is trying to tell the other how to live rather than listen to what it is about.

3. Jesus actually celebrated Hanukkah. Boycotting an establishment because they say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” is just stupid. If someone says “Happy Holidays” to you, just say “Thank you.” Don’t be a jerk. For those keeping score, using “Holidays” is more correct anyway.

4.There is no war on Christmas … however, there is one in Syria.

5. Jesus’ birth is the eye of a storm that continues to turn the world upside down. God emptied the divine self so that we might discover and share abundant and everlasting life. Jesus was born in the lowest place on earth and the angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest,” meaning that God has reconciled everything. So fill your cup with good things (red, blue, rainbow … I don’t care) and share goodness sacrificially with the world.

6. Oh … and Thanksgiving comes first. Then Advent.

Matt Rawle blogs at He is the author of The Salvation of Doctor WhoHollywood Jesus and The Faith of a Mockingbird.

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