My Take On The Whole Starbucks Red Cup Controversy

What bothers me about the whole Starbucks cup thing is that it’s just a cup of coffee, that costs more than some people have in their names at this moment. Perhaps Christians, me included should give 5 bucks to a food bank so that those without things like food can eat a meal or more. Maybe everyone should give up Starbucks for a week and give what they would spend there to those in need. Let’s get real and understand that the war on Christmas, is really those observing it not understanding the meaning is about a Savior who would show the world to be better and to love venti.

There are way other things going on in the world to be angry about. Just saying.

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Tony "T-Bird" Burgess

Hi there, my name is Tony Burgess from Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. I am a believer, bleeding-heart, idealist and blogger. I'm married to Laura and Cody is our dog. Daily I work for a blood bank. My blog is where I chronicle and curate the sacred, serious and silly things in my life. I am a member of The Episcopal Church. Thank you for connecting with me. Grace, peace, and love!

14 thoughts on “My Take On The Whole Starbucks Red Cup Controversy”

  1. Obdont think people are just whining and complaining. Christians feel threatened now and for good reason. Everytime you turn around, someone’s trying to remove God/Jesus from something else. Fear sometimes comes out as anger. I personally could care less about the cup. I am still going to drink my weekly coffee. The world is like a tug of war over rights and everybody wants their pull. The truth is Starbucks can serve their coffee in any cup they want so the Ranters should project their energy into something they can actually change. These are sad times.

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  2. I think Christians are having their beliefs ‘outed ‘, whilst it seems to become more and more offensive to say anything negative about Islam. I am homing in on this particular religion, because let’s face it, this is what all this diluting Christianity is about.
    I don’t care about Starbucks cups; I don’t purchase coffees there anyway. But I think it is ridiculous, that Christians have to numb down their beliefs for please others, yet are supposed to respect other religions and not say a word. I know I won’t. I never will.
    I was pleased to see that during this Remembrance Weekend in the UK, there were priests, bibles, crosses, God and Jesus mentioned – that’s traditional. However, I have read about members of the US Military being pulled up about mentioning God in their speeches. (For example, without preaching, they simply say “I thank God for watching over me…”). It is ridiculous. If we went to the Middle East, or any other Muslim country, do you think we would be able to build a Church? No. Would we be able to change anything? No. We would have to abide by their rules, so they should have to do the same in any country they choose to go to. Yes, practice your own religion, but don’t try to change what does not need to be changed, and expect others to be tolerant. We have our own traditions and I love them.

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    1. I think Christians have to keep the main the main thing. They are doing a great job of running people off who are different. I love our traditions of charity, love, peacemaking and reaching out to community and those should be what believers focus on. Christianity has to remember to inspire its people to love and care for those on the fringes. Christianity will return to its roots and rediscover how to be a movement that changes lives and doesn’t isolate people.

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      1. And lose our ‘identity’ and what we believe in at the same time? I am all for helping others and being tolerant, but I think it is unacceptable that Christians are being forced to go undercover (so to speak), so as to not offend others. There is nothing Christian about having to do that.


        1. I guess what I should say is that they will know we are Christians by our love. The greatest display of faith is a hug, a smile, a helping hand. Sometimes we worry too much about “showing off” as believers instead of focusing on the basics. I wouldn’t want Christians to go “undercover” but to be humble yet visible. I hope I am making sense here my friend.

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        2. I am not sure what you mean by “showing off”, but whatever is meant by it, I am sure Christians are not the only ones guity of doing this. Believe me, especially after the abuse I’ve been through, I am humble, and I help humanity as much as I can, but I am also not blind by what I see going on. I shan’t keep quiet about it either. This doesn’t make me less of a Christian, just like having a best friend of twenty years who is a Muslim, doesn’t either. We can give all the love, hugs and smiles we like, but we should not have to bend over backwards for other religions (as in change the way we do things), when we ourselves are accepting others as they are – regardless of their chosen beliefs. We should be able to live side by side irrespective of religion, colour, etc, without the need for it to go as far as not being allowed to say “God” in government jobs for example, but you are allowed to say Allah. It is ridiculous.
          I guess we have different views on this, so I shall leave it at that.
          I hope your day is going well, and in turn, you have a wonderful week.


  3. I don’t think there even is a “war on Christmas”. This isn’t about taking away from Christmas/Christianity, but about respecting and acknowledging other religions, too. While say, a Jewish individual may not necessarily be bothered by Christmas cups, the whole point is that Christianity is not the only religion out there, and it’s important to recognize other religions. For example, roughly 33% of the world are Christians, but about 21% are Muslims and the rest are other religions that do not necessarily celebrate Christmas. This means that ultimately, while Christianity is the largest religion, more people are not Christian than are, so it’s important to note that and be respectful towards alternative beliefs. Overall, you can choose whether or not you want to spend money on Starbucks or something you’d consider “more meaningful”, but their intentions are not to take away from Christmas and Christian beliefs. The purpose is to just recognize other people’s religions and beliefs. It’s kind of like, Christians are the majority, and the most privileged in that the whole world more or less adjusts to their beliefs, while other religions are left behind because they are the minority, so by simply not making your holiday branding about Christmas specifically, you are acknowledging that not everyone celebrates Christmas, and that’s okay.


  4. I agree with you. It’s just a cup of coffee. Besides, Starbucks is not owned by the Church. It’s a business. The owner can change designs whenever they want. This shouldn’t be so much of a big deal. And just because one buys coffee in a cup that doesn’t have anything Christian doesn’t mean he/she is disobeying his/her God or that he/she is being unfaithful. It doesn’t make one less of a Christian.

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