The truth is that I can't stand controversial topics, name bashing, or drama on Facebook, but I'm speaking out to give my own two cents for whatever it's worth. Regardless of whatever shade a coffee cup is or isn't, whether it has Christmas greetings and images or not, I know who I am in Christ and I do not look to our world, nor gourmet coffee to find my faith. Jesus will always be a part of my Christmas, my heart, my mind, and my soul.
In effort to share my perspective, let's take a closer look at the meaning behind the word dictate. According to TheFreeDictionary.com, here's the definition of dictate:
- To prescribe with authority.
- To impose.
- To control or command.
- To issue orders.
- A directive.
- A guiding principle.
In order to fully understand and grasp who we are in Christ, we must seek the Word for truth and facts. The Bible says, "For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God." Romans 13:1 (NASB)
When we consider who we follow, who we trust, and who controls our lives, we are reminded in 1 John 5:3 (ESV), that we are to follow the Lord's commandments. "For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome." In addition, we have the 10 Commandments listed in Exodus 20:2-17 to practice, respect, and walk in obedience.
Although our world may not recognize Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives and we live in a society that will go to great lengths to diminish, reject, and oppose the Living Word of God, we must cling to our Heavenly Father. We do not seek our world for truth, for our worth, or to understand how we should live. Instead, we seek God and only Him. "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
In essence, we must pick our own battles and take up our cross daily. Despite the changes in the Starbucks cup (or any other business or person for that matter who rebukes the real meaning of Christmas, Christianity, or having a relationship with Jesus), I choose to not get caught up in it. Ultimately, I am a daughter of the King, I am precious in His sight, I am a treasured gem, there is a majestic purpose for my life, and I know beyond a shadow of doubt where I will spend eternity.
Therefore, the Starbucks red cup has zero bearing on my faith, my life, or how I celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day. Lastly, I am confident that the Lord is working powerfully in my life and transforming me into the image of Christ. He heals. He restores. He forgives. He redeems. He equips. He pours out His love and grace on each one of us. For this, I am eternally grateful.
"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." Romans 12:2 (NLT)