RECENTLY, a viral Facebook post claimed that Starbucks ‘hates Jesus’ because they chose to keep their Christmas cup design to a simple red. Some Christians have expressed their outrage at Starbucks’ choice not to include any religious or obviously Christmas imagery on the cup.
In response, Christian writer Benjamin L.Corey posted the video above, criticising the over-the-top reaction to such a small issue and challenging people to “get out there and love radically” if they want to “put Christ back into Christmas”.
There are plenty of things in the world to get angry about: widespread injustice, inequality, and global greed, to name just a few. In the bible (Matt 21:12-17), we see Jesus’ anger towards people who had set up stalls and were making money in the temple. His anger wasn’t only about keeping the temple a ‘house of prayer’, but also against the injustice of exploiting the poor. Coffee cups just aren’t worth getting in a froth over.
As Christians, we’re called to be living demonstrations of God’s love on earth. In his video, Corey says “We live in a world that is broken and hurting and in desperate need of people who want to make it a little less broken.”
How can we do this? Jesus’ instruction to us is pretty clear: “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35).