Let’s Talk Red Cups and Starbucks

As you all have probably heard today, there are a lot of people upset with Starbucks. Now let’s be real, how many times a day do you think Starbucks hears complaints? A lot is my guess. However, this complaint has gone viral, and unless you live under a rock then you already know what I’m talking about.

So for those of you who do live under a rock, I am talking about Starbucks’ new holiday cup. You know their famous red cups that for some ring in the holiday season. Instead of coming up with a festive design, Starbucks went extremely simple and came out with a red cup with their logo. You might be scratching your head at why this is such an upset. Well for some Christians this was a stand against Christianity. As a Christian here are my two cents (well maybe more than that) about those red cups.

To begin with, I’m a Christian and whether Starbucks decides to put a Christmas theme on their cups or not is not why I celebrate this festive season or the meaning behind it. Now if they start throwing hateful messages on the cups against Christians, then my attitude might change, but they are not going to be the ones to ruin my Christmas spirit because they decide to go with a plain red cup. To be honest, I hardly noticed at all. I was just excited the pretty red cups were out to ring in the festive season!

Second, instead of looking at it as a war against Christian, why not look at the plain red cup as something pure. Think about it, what color was Jesus’ blood when He bled on the cross? It certainly wasn’t blue! It was red, and what does that blood do for our sins? It cleanses us. So in a way Starbucks has supported the Christian thought in that they used a pure red cup, pure from anything except for their logo. Hebrews 13:12 states “And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood.” 1 John 1:7 also states “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” As you can see, the color red can symbolize the pure blood of Jesus that cleanses us of our sins.

Thirdly, if you are basing your Christianity and Christmas spirit from a red cup, then you need to seriously reevaluate your Christian walk and why would you let some company steal away your Christmas spirit? There’s something my mom always asks me when my attitude is in the wrong. She always asks me, “Why are you letting them control you?” So I ask those of you who are upset, why are you letting them control you and take away your Christmas spirit? Do you really think it bothers them? No, cause they are still going to continue to make coffee and sell coffee.

Lastly, I understand that Starbucks has had a lot of backlash from Christians before. Trust me there was many times that I almost boycotted one of my favorite coffee shops. Not because of the prices, but because there are some of their beliefs that I don’t agree with. That being said, I did get a chance to talk to someone who is a Christian working for the company while I was in college. I asked him what thought about Starbucks’ stance on some issues that disagree with the Christian belief and how he handles working for a company that goes against his beliefs, and what he said has stayed with me. He told me that even though their beliefs are not his own, there is so much good that Starbucks does that outweighs the bad. For example, they help those in developing countries obtain jobs.

So my challenge for you, and in the spirit of Christmas is to look on the bright side. Look for the good in this. See how the red cups can be a symbol for Jesus’ blood that cleanses. Research the good causes that Starbucks supports. Instead of focusing on the bad, focus on the good, because even Jesus ate with tax collectors, prostitutes, and those that the religious leaders deemed evil.

The 3-Day Military Diet: My increasing hunger and thankfulness

For the last couple of weeks one of my best friends started what is known as the 3-day military diet. It’s diet that has you eat certain foods to lower your calorie intake while at the same time boosting your metabolism. Anyways, on week one she was able to lose up to six pounds and when she was on her four days off she only gained back one. Since we are going to the beach in June with some more friends, I figured I better try and work to get that bikini body.

So, I started the military diet yesterday. For breakfast, I was only allowed to eat one piece of toast with some peanut butter on it, a half of a grapefruit (that I suffered through eating), and a cup of coffee with no creamer only stevia (sadly). By the time lunch rolled around, I had already drank two liters of water which is unusual for me since I LOVE to snack. Yet, with this diet I can and so now I’m drinking water as if the entire world is about to dry up soon. That is to say by the time lunch came I was super ready to eat. So for lunch I had a half cup of tuna, a piece of toast (no peanut butter this time), and a cup of coffee with stevia. Let me just say that I am so happy I can have my cup of coffee! After lunch, I was feeling a bit better. However, I workout quite a bit. Exercising has never been my problem. It’s my love for food and trying new foods, and somewhat overloading on food when I finish a workout. Cause you know I worked for it. Anyways, when I had finished my two Jazzercise classes (which is a great place to workout and you should try it if you get the chance!) I had to go play volleyball. By the time we had finished our second volleyball game I needed food, like stat! So I went to a close gas station and found the banana that I was allowed to eat, but only half of it. When I finally got home I was able to eat my supper which consisted of a small apple, a cup of ice cream, a cup of green beans and three ounces of meat. Needless to say, I was too tired and hungry to do much else that night.

All through that one day, I have realized how blessed I am to even be eating these low calorie diets. If you think about it, when people who live in developed countries go on diets and complain about not being able to eat, there are others who live in the world who really can’t eat anything else. They don’t have the option to go on a diet to try and lose weight. They are truly suffering from hunger. So, as I continue on to day two and thank the Lord for the piece of toast, boiled egg, and half a banana that I had for breakfast, and the five saltine crackers, boiled egg and cup of cottage cheese that I will be able to eat for lunch. Thinking of this diet from a different perspective makes it less horrible, and I’ve also lost weight from it, so YAY!

As I encounter day two of this three day diet, I hope that I can still put a smile on my face and realize my hunger is not as bad as others around the world and even in America.