An Apology Letter to Starbucks

Dear Starbucks,

First and foremost, I am sorry for Christians who paint themselves in a bad light.  Some people are only happy when they are unhappy.  This is not a quality that is exclusive to Christians, but nonetheless, some Christians do act with such immaturity.  It is unfortunate that an outspoken minority hinders the spread of Christ’s love and grace (1 Timothy 6:3-5).  We are not representing ourselves well when a certain few of us speak out about such trivial matters.  This turn others further away from our faith, and it is polarizing the universal church.  Not only is this unnecessary, we have been commanded not to cause such division and strife in the church (1 Corinthians 12:25-26).  I promise not all Christians are angry little people who seek nothing more than the destruction of a paper cup. In fact, the vast majority of us are not this way. Christians who are threatened by this are weak in their faith, and they are not seeking God’s guidance when it comes to their words and actions.  Unfortunately, this means you are taking a barrage of ugly comments.  This is unwarranted, and I would like to extend my apologies to you.

Second, I would like to say that is not your fault that people associate snowflakes with Christmas.  Christmas is not about snow and candy canes, or Santa and reindeer, or even about Christmas trees and presents. Christmas is a time where we celebrate the gift that God gave us in the form of Jesus coming to earth.  Christ’s birth did not occur on December 25.  It is simply a day that we have chosen to commemorate the occasion when God sent his sinless son to earth so that he could be a perfect example and sacrifice for everyone. This has nothing to do with those wintery symbols that are inherently secular.   Removing secular symbols from a coffee cup does not imply that you are against Christians.  It was a simple design choice, and you should not be ridiculed for it.  Your decision to put forward a plain red cup is not an act of intolerance and it should not be considered as such.  Christians who are intolerant of such fictional intolerance are not doing their best to further the kingdom of God.  In fact, they are turning people away from the faith because they are belligerently vocal about the smallest things.  I believe that God is disappointed with all of us when we act in such a childish manner.  This extends to issues outside of the red cup.  Christians should at all times be mindful of their words and actions, praying over them daily, as we are ambassadors for Christ and carry his name and his ministry of reconciliation on our hearts (2 Corinthians 5:11-21).

Lastly, I apologize for any business you have lost due to this pettiness.  You have certainly not lost mine.  Regardless of any disagreements that we or may not have concerning theology, you still make good coffee, and college students run on this stuff.



Dear Christian,

Please carefully consider your words and how they are reflecting back on the kingdom of God.



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