Starbucks’ new cup ‘isn’t a big deal at all’

Jacob Harp, Staff Writer

This article is written for the Christians. I want you to know that I am a Christian, so I am coming at this issue from a distinctly Christian worldview. For those of you not claiming to be Christians, you will probably agree more with what I have to say.

My question today is specifically for the Christians who believe that there is a war on Christmas because of the “controversy” (if you could even call it that) surrounding the design of the seasonal cup at Starbucks: why? Why is this a big deal? What is the implication of the snowmen and reindeer (major symbols of the Christian religion right?) being removed from the cup of an overpriced caffeinated beverage distributor?

The answer is simple: this isn’t a big deal at all.

To be fair, there is an epidemic of political correctness that needs to be wiped out. It has become a taboo in our society for anyone to share their religion with others for fear of offending some coddled individuals. We are afraid to say anything that could potentially offend someone else, but we lose such a major part of ourselves because we are unwilling to share our ideas and beliefs.

But that’s not what this is about.

This is about something way more significant than the birth of Jesus, his death on the cross for our sins, or his resurrection from the grave. This is about Starbucks cups people. Starbucks cups. And that is the problem.

The absurdity of this whole situation becomes more apparent when we look at this in the grand scheme of things. I wonder what other Christians around the world would think about this? Perhaps the ones subjected to ISIS rule. I wonder if they’re worried about the removal of a snowflake from a private company’s cup as they witness their families being tortured and murdered because they are Christians?

There are people in the world that are dying because of what they believe. There are people in the world that need food and shelter. There are people in the world that need healing. There are people in the world that need hope. There are people in the world that need justice. There are people in the world that need love. There are so many things that we ought to worry about. This “war on Christmas” is not one of them.