A Christian's View Of The Starbucks Cup Design

A Christian's View Of The Starbucks Cup Design

Christians oppressed by cup design.
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It's popular to see jokes on Facebook about how people are too easily offended. These are typically directed at activist groups moving against racism and sexism, and, personally, I think it's extremely inconsiderate to say someone is too easily offended by inequality. Different experiences grant people the right to voice when they feel something is wrong. Minority groups have been oppressed, and it is not fair for jokes to be made about the changes they are asking for.

However, in light of something that has just happened recently, there is one group taking offense to something they have no right to take offense to.

I'm talking about Christians cyber-rioting against Starbucks' red cups.

The hot beverage cup this year is a simple ombre design that moves from a bright poppy red down to a deeper cranberry color. Starbucks released a statement regarding the design: "Starbucks has become a place of sanctuary during the holidays. We’re embracing the simplicity and the quietness of it."

I thought it was a joke when I saw a link to a Buzzfeed article about it. But I was wrong. The article has a collection of tweets from enraged Christians proclaiming their opposition to the style of cups Starbucks designed this season. Tweets, comments on Facebook posts, and articles written directly intending irrational negativity toward the company. Some of the responses on social media are so anger driven that it makes me sad to see the Christian community being represented like this. Is saying "screw them anyway" the right way to bring the focus back to Jesus?

Starbucks does not promote as a Christian company like Chick-fil-A or Hobby Lobby. It isn't their job to remind you celebrate the birth of Jesus. It isn't their job to promote any holiday. Starbucks made a business choice to simplify the design and make it religiously ambiguous.

And can I just say: These are disposable cups. They are recycling waiting to happen.

Ultimately, there are better ways to be a Christian at Starbucks than to Instagram a picture of your Christmas-designed cup. There doesn't need to be a dove or an angel on the piece of cardboard in your hands for you to be a follower of Christ this holiday season. Pay for the person behind you. (Maybe even do it without telling anyone afterward.) Work on your morning devotional at one of the tables. (Only do this if you want to, not to get attention—Jesus wasn't exactly supportive of the Pharisees' boastful prayer. But if someone asks about it, you have a chance to share what you're reading.) And when the barista says, "Happy Holidays," respond with a smile.

Don't cry oppression. This is not an attack on you or your faith. It's a cup.

Enjoy the simplicity. Enjoy your holiday beverage of choice. Enjoy the freedom you have to celebrate any holiday you choose.

Cover Image Credit: Starbucks Coffee

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12 Bible Verses For Faith In Hard Times

Remind yourself that God is always with you.
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Lately, I have felt lost at what God wants for my life. Ever since I've come back to UWG everything has been horrible. It seems that I can't catch a break. I'm trying my best to focus on school, work, and extracurricular activities. But it's hard when I'm having issues with my apartment/roommates and knowing my family back home is struggling and needs many prayers. All, I keep thinking is maybe Carrollton isn't where I belong anymore. I've asked God if He can guide me in the right direction. Below, I have found Bible verses that have helped get me through these rough, past couple of weeks.

1. Isaiah 43:2

"When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2. Psalm 37:5

"Commit your way to the Lord. Trust in Him, and He will act."

3. Romans 8:18

"The pain that you've been feeling, can't compare to the joy that's coming."

4. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed in strength, and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."

5. Joshua 1:9

"Be bold. Be brave. Be courageous."

6. Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens."

7. Isaiah 41:10

"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand."

8. Isaiah 66:9

"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."

9. Psalm 91:4

"He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings, you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart."

10. Psalm 62:1-2

"My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from Him, He alone is my rock and my salvation."

11. Philippians 4:13

"I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

12. Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

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He Made You For More, Do Not Settle

Psalm 139:13-14 " For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

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When we read titles like that, we usually think about romantic relationships, not today!

Let Daenne's Journal take your mind to a new direction.

When I read verses like Psalm 139:13-14 " For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." My confidence level always rise up on many areas of my life.

When it comes to relationships, we usually tell our friends do not settle, you are worth more than this, you are this you are that which are all good things. But, what about all the other aspects of life? Why do we often put romantic relationships as the center of the universe? Were we not created for far more than that? Aren't we kingdom children called to be part of the advancement of the kingdom by making disciples and succeed in everything we do? Aren't we called to first seek the kingdom of God?

I find it interesting that we give our loved ones advice on whether or not they are settling in relationships, but find it okay that they are settling for everything else in life.

I do not like to see anyone go through heartbreaks or settle for less in relationships because I have been through some heartbreaks and it is not pretty. But, I have learned that settling for less in the other aspects of life can affect us negatively as well. There is no age limit when it comes to having dreams and following them.The one person's story who inspires me the most is my dad's. I do not usually mention him in my articles or any public post because this is not his thing. But, he had a goal, left home, went elsewhere for a better life, worked on that goal, succeed, went back home with other goals, fulfill them, succeed, and working on more goals. He is nearly 60 and this man has not stopped working. I have never met anyone more hardworking than my father, my rock, my daddy (can you tell I'm still daddy's girl at heart).

What I found out is that many times we settle for less in life because we don't know our purpose (that is a big one). We might know our purpose, but forget that God is the creator of the universe, author of our story and He has a day and a time for everything to come to pass. God has been working on my patience on so many levels Daenne's Journal Fam. My mindset is usually "I want it, I want it now", can you relate? I mean, who likes to wait? if you do, man God bless you. I don't even like to wait for the commercials on YouTube. I often just give up watching something I had my mind set to watch on YouTube just because the skip button is not coming up. Thirty seconds=too long of a wait for me. It took me a while to realize that I was like that in other areas of my life. My impatience led me to settle for less than what God had for me so many time, and I do not want that for you.There are thoughts that I have sometimes which later make me think "you think God needs your help to accomplish His plans for your life?" The answer to this is a big NO for both you and I.

In what area of your life are you settling for less? Are you perhaps "being impatient"? Have you asked yourself if that is God's plan for your life?

As Children of God, we should commit our plans to Him and let him establish our steps (Proverbs 16:3). Pray, do your part, be patient and let God handle this!

If you don't remember anything else I said, just remember the following: Wait on God! Trust His GPS! DO NOT SETTLE WHILE YOU WAIT! What He has for you is always better than what you are settling for!

Romans 12:12 "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."

Xoxo,

DD

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