Starbucks cups…controversy or a non-issue?

WarrencupAnother story about the Starbucks cup quotes has hit the internet.  The campaign began in 2005.  This time, WorldNetDaily has done some lackluster journalism with this story, in my opinion.  Yes, they report the angst of a Christian women and her reaction to an "anti-God" quote on the cup.  Previously, there was a gay fellow who had a quote and that had many up in arms after Baylor University (my post here) called for the banning of that cup from their Starbucks.  What is not being reported here is the fact that Starbucks also is quoting the likes of Rick Warren who is a bone fide Christian in my opinion. 


This brings us to something beyond an incomplete story and what I think this WorldNetDaily article is playing into.  It strikes me that us Christians are easily offended.  No banning of Warren’s statement was ever made as far as I know.  What this brings up is the sensitive reactionary stance Christian’s tend to have when we forget that we are truly in a post-Christian society.  Often the media likes these stories since they know they will get our attention.  We can react.  But how should we react?  I do not know this women, but I think a better choice might be to actually be a Rick Warren and write more things on these cups rather than banning the ones that offend us.  Either we put out our idea (the Gospel) or we try to silence the critics of the Gospel. What makes more sense to you?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

8 comments

  1. I say we live like Christians are supposed to live. That’s absolutely no other way to lead people to Christ. Protesting a coffee cup just won’t get it done.

  2. I say we live like Christians are supposed to live. That’s absolutely no other way to lead people to Christ. Protesting a coffee cup just won’t get it done.

  3. I say we live like Christians are supposed to live. That’s absolutely no other way to lead people to Christ. Protesting a coffee cup just won’t get it done.

  4. I say we live like Christians are supposed to live. That’s absolutely no other way to lead people to Christ. Protesting a coffee cup just won’t get it done.

  5. I think we as Christians spend way to much time trying to get the world to our job. I think Starbucks should be commended for including Rick Warrens writing on their cups, at least they are including a variety of opinion.
    But what gets me is how some Christians believe that it is the worlds job to tell people about Christ. An example is the uproar over stores saying Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. I don’t read any scripture that says “Ye retailers are called to spread the good news of Christ.”

    Retailers including Starbucks have the right to espouse any opinion they want, even if WE don’t agree with it.

    Christians on the other hand ARE called to tell the world the truth. It’s time we started doing our jobs instead of expecting the world to do it for us.

    just my two cents 🙂

    peace

    JB

  6. I think we as Christians spend way to much time trying to get the world to our job. I think Starbucks should be commended for including Rick Warrens writing on their cups, at least they are including a variety of opinion.
    But what gets me is how some Christians believe that it is the worlds job to tell people about Christ. An example is the uproar over stores saying Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. I don’t read any scripture that says “Ye retailers are called to spread the good news of Christ.”

    Retailers including Starbucks have the right to espouse any opinion they want, even if WE don’t agree with it.

    Christians on the other hand ARE called to tell the world the truth. It’s time we started doing our jobs instead of expecting the world to do it for us.

    just my two cents 🙂

    peace

    JB

  7. I think we as Christians spend way to much time trying to get the world to our job. I think Starbucks should be commended for including Rick Warrens writing on their cups, at least they are including a variety of opinion.
    But what gets me is how some Christians believe that it is the worlds job to tell people about Christ. An example is the uproar over stores saying Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. I don’t read any scripture that says “Ye retailers are called to spread the good news of Christ.”

    Retailers including Starbucks have the right to espouse any opinion they want, even if WE don’t agree with it.

    Christians on the other hand ARE called to tell the world the truth. It’s time we started doing our jobs instead of expecting the world to do it for us.

    just my two cents 🙂

    peace

    JB

  8. I think we as Christians spend way to much time trying to get the world to our job. I think Starbucks should be commended for including Rick Warrens writing on their cups, at least they are including a variety of opinion.
    But what gets me is how some Christians believe that it is the worlds job to tell people about Christ. An example is the uproar over stores saying Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. I don’t read any scripture that says “Ye retailers are called to spread the good news of Christ.”

    Retailers including Starbucks have the right to espouse any opinion they want, even if WE don’t agree with it.

    Christians on the other hand ARE called to tell the world the truth. It’s time we started doing our jobs instead of expecting the world to do it for us.

    just my two cents 🙂

    peace

    JB

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