The controversy du jour of the day for religious zealots everywhere is a plain red cup void of any traditional holiday graphics save its red color. Social media ironically has been lit up like a Christmas tree with comments and posts over the absence of, said Christmas tree, snowflake, angel or other Pavlov-esque seasonal stimulators. Zealots everywhere have called for, or fallen for the command to either boycott this coffee establishment, or give a false name like Merry Christmas when ordering just so employees are forced to comply with our demand of a cheery holiday greeting. To that I reply with a resounding Bah Humbug!
The things that get some Christians’ panties knotted up continues to baffle me. Real, everyday situations that scream for our help and attention barely get a glance, but we stick our chests out like a Thanksgiving Butterball when it comes to a $5.00 cup of Frappuccino that fails to inspire us to have a Merry Christmas. This is nothing new. We’ll step over the legs of a homeless person or claim to be cashless when confronted by a vagrant wanting change for a dinner, but we can become indignant over conceived evils of corporate America and pick up our crosses and blare out our off-key rendition of Onward Christian Soldiers as a sign of our unashamed allegiance to the cause.
I fully support taking a stand on legitimate principles based on personal convictions. Right or wrong we are given the freedom to protest and boycott at will. What I question is our consistency to do so across the board, opposed to our selective preferences or trending evils, preferring to isolate others instead of remaining open to them in an attempt to be Christ whenever and wherever we can. Out of curiosity I did some quick research to see just who and why Christians are boycotting these days. The following are the current top 10;
- Starbucks, for lack of holiday spirit and views on serving everyone including the LGBT community.
- Pepsi for allegedly supporting the gay agenda.
- UPS for stopping their funding of Boy Scouts who initially disqualified gay scout leaders.
- Oreo, yes Oreo Cookies for support of same gay agenda.
- The Muppets for reasons above. I always wondered about Beaker and the 2 old men.
- JC Penny for offering fashions to the gay community. (See a pattern yet?)
- Nike for shoes that let you be light on your feet, like Mikee
- Home Depot for selling to the gay community. Tool guy from Village people was consequently fired.
- General Mills because gay people have to eat too.
- Girl Scout Cookies-the only one in the top 10 not related to the LGBT agenda. They just aren’t godly enough.
If we as a faith-based community could demand that every corporation doing business in America do so based on our Christian values, there would be no need for us to be the light and salt of the earth. Jesus said it Himself-it’s not the healthy that need a doctor but the sick. We are exhorted to let our light shine before men and bring glory to Christ. We can’t do that if we refuse to enter into places that are dark to the Gospel. Our views on ministry and evangelism are terribly skewed. However, in keeping with the current boycott trends based on our perception of supporting sinful lifestyles, I would like to propose that we add the following companies to our boycott list for their sins:
- Holiday Inn and all hotel chains-a hot bed (pun intended) for fornication and adulterous acts.
- If JC Penny, then Walmart, Target, Macys, Sears and any retail outlet that sells paisley.
- Any restaurant or club that sell alcoholic beverages because too much liquor makes you drunk.
- Any dance hall or club because dancing leads to touching-dancing is the devil.
- Any all-you-can-eat-buffet because the saints are getting gluttonous. Glutton is a sin.
- Churches-yes, they are full of hypocrites and sinners! Boycott them all.
How ridiculous can we be and how foolish we must look to a world we should be reaching out to as Christ would if He were still here in body. It is fine to be viewed as foolish because of the Gospel, but it is questionable to be viewed as fools because of misdirected indignation over things as silly as a red cup. So here is my proposal and challenge to all my blog followers who read this. If you really want to be in the Christmas spirit, buy a homeless person a hot cup of that coffee in a red cup. Better still, get them a gift card for several and wish them a Merry Christmas. Ship your holiday packages with UPS and slap a Merry Christmas sticker on it somewhere. Buy a case of Oreos and deliver it to the local orphanage with a big red bow on it-better yet, wait until the red holiday Oreos come out. Raid your local JC Penny store for their clearance on scarfs and gloves and hand them out to the local homeless tent cities. Find that little boy whose parents are struggling and buy him a pair of Nikes for his parents to wrap for Christmas. Go to your local grocer who sells General Mills and get some Gift Cards for families who may not have a decent Christmas dinner this year. I’d imagine they would gladly accept General Mills food without protest.
We can make a real difference, and not by engaging in social facades of overly righteous appearances. Jesus had a term for that too-white washed tombs, pretty on he outside but full of dead bones on the inside. If you agree, share this with your social friends. If not, I’ll still love you and drink to your health, with my red cup.