Remember the Starbucks cup controversy of last week? In the fickle world of online outrage, it’s already a distant memory. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, new and more pressing matters have come to the fore.
But let’s go back to last week and recap what happened. I don’t think I was the only person to have witnessed a number of well-meaning folks on social media saying that no Christians they know are at all incensed by the plain red cups now featured at the ubiquitous coffee-stop called Starbucks. Apparently somehow the plainness was perceived as an “anti-Christmas” sentiment by an unknown someone near the top of the digital hill that is the Interwebz, and that little pebble was thrown down the hillside, causing an avalanche of commentary (including mine!).
Perhaps Christians were and are distancing themselves from any semblance of plain-red-cup outrage in order to make it clear that they belong to a more reasonable camp of believers, which in itself would seem understandable.
Yet, a word of caution is in order, fellow Christians—particularly if you’re happily contrasting your more-reasonable “meh” by laughing off the Starbucks anti-Christmas meme while simultaneously planning your next trip to the caffeine-laden conglomerate.
You do know that Starbucks avidly supports same-sex “marriage,” right? (See links below.)
So, that might give us all something to ponder over our next cup-o’-joe.
Think about it. Let’s assume that the red-cup dilemma has already elicited a response from us. We say to ourselves: “I loves me some Starbucks! I’m not going to let something silly like this cup thing keep me from enjoying my overpriced hot beverage!” And off we go to our favorite Starbucks spot, where we drop our dollars on the counter and walk away with something steamy.
Perhaps this tempest in a coffee-cup has unexpectedly made us feel better about being a customer at a business whose corporate mindset is provably antithetical to core Christian beliefs about God’s plan for marriage and family.
Starbucks is a business whose leaders publicly affirm an intrinsic evil and is cooperating with intrinsic evil. It’s letting its existence serve as part of the problem, not part of the solution. It makes corporate choices and uses our dollars to work against the Kingdom of God.
I’m just exaggerating, right? The dollars I spend there also support good things, like worker income, etc., don’t they? I’m not seriously suggesting Christians should consider (gasp!) boycotting Starbucks after all??
I’d suggest the answer to these questions have a lot to do with personal conscience and how these facts affect our consciences. But we all should know that serious Christians are called to a very high level of stewardship of our resources – our time, talent, and treasure. Do we want our dollars to go to a company that affirms, promotes, and supports intrinsic evil? If we are among those praying for a reversal of the Supreme Court decision on same-sex “marriage,” shouldn’t we also be considering what we can do to effect change as individuals?
With images of the destruction and killing in Paris still fresh in our minds, and a vibrant national debate on governmental policies on refugees and immigration, last week’s controversy over red cups may seem a bit trivial. But the question of stewardship is definitely worth considering. After all, while everyone might agree that it’s silly to avoid Starbucks over red cups, it’s much less silly to ask whether their product is somehow worth purchasing when they are deeply invested in culture’s web of deceit regarding marriage and family.
It’s entirely up to us, fellow Christians—should we keep drinking that java jive?
Yes, Starbucks endorses same-sex “marriage.” See these links: