Do I Need To See Jesus On My Coffee Cup?

The buzz words of the holiday season over the last few years have been “the war on Christmas”. This year’s war on Christmas supposedly came from Starbucks because they decided to put their holiday drinks in plain red cups. Can this stupidity get any more stupid?

First, I would prefer some snowflakes or sleighs or whatever… maybe even some angels and a manger scene on my cup, but can I just say NONE OF THIS HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH KNOWING JESUS!

My faith is not threatened because I drink out of a plain red cup, and I don’t rely on Starbucks to lead me to Jesus.

Did you notice that I used the words “Holiday Season” in this post? I’ve never had a problem with using that term. We can be too religious for own own good. It’s interesting to know where the term “Holiday” originated from:

“The word holiday comes from the Old English word hāligdæg (hāligholy” + dægday“).[1] The word originally referred only to special religious days. In modern use, it means any special day of rest or relaxation, as opposed to normal days away from work or school.” –Wikipedia

Holiday actually means “Holy Day” so there’s really nothing to get all up in arms about!

Is it sad that references to Jesus are disappearing from the holiday season? Yes, I think it’s sad. But like I said, I don’t depend on Starbucks or Target or any other retail store to teach me the gospel. I certainly wouldn’t mind it if Starbucks had a manger scene on their holiday cup, but I don’t need to see baby Jesus and the wise men on my coffee cup to have a good day. I have a real relationship with Him and there’s not a moment that goes by that I’m unaware of it. In fact, I don’t need Christmas, Easter or any other special day to celebrate Jesus. All these Christians that are so upset about all of this need to take their bible off the shelf and read it!

“But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? You observe days and months and seasons and years. I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.…” -Galatians 4:10

This tells me that when a person really gets to know God on a personal level, on a relationship level, observing religious things like special “days and months and seasons and years” loses it’s importance. It’s not religious days we need, it’s Jesus Himself! Once you have Him all this other stuff loses it’s importance. The Apostle Paul even viewed these religious celebrations and seasons as “weak and worthless elemental things” that enslaved people! Read it again! He viewed placing undo importance on them as a form of backsliding, of turning back, of losing our way after we had come to find the truth.

Christians who are obsessed with this “war on Christmas” need to ask themselves why they’re getting so bent out of shape over a coffee cup or a retailer who says “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”. Your faith should have nothing to do with that, it simply shouldn’t matter!

But since it apparently does matter to many people here’s something else to consider…

Could it be that the reason Jesus has largely disappeared from this religious holy day called Christmas… could it be because of the Church and not retail stores? Is it possible that His mark is so shallow in us that we are unable to leave an imprint on an unbelieving world?

At one time Christian influence was so strong that we left a mark. That mark is almost invisible now, faded and fading, leaving the world with Santa and elves and flying reindeer for Christmas. That’s the best the world can do- Rudolph and Santa dropping some gifts down the chimney.

I do think it’s sad that if you go back 25-40 years “Christmas music” actually meant that you’d hear a ton of songs about Jesus, the gospel, and reason He came to this earth and that’s simply not the case anymore. Songs about Jesus at Christmas seem to be the exception now. But I don’t think you can blame that on Starbucks or Target or secular artists.

The Church used to leave a mark and we don’t anymore- now that is sad. We need to ask how and why we’ve gotten to this place and stop blaming the world. The simple truth is that we are not making an impact as we should.