By J.C. Mitchell
I have done a great job avoiding the red cups, but I must admit I have enjoyed the numerous posts from all type of Christians and non-Christians alike who think this is absurd. I assume the marketers at Starbucks where ready for some disappointed in such a sleek and classic design that they came up with. It is a risk to pick a minimalist design, but it does harken on the years past and encourages imagination. As a guy that grew up with a mother who worked in print and retired from the Ad Council as a VP of production, and took an interest in my parent’s occupation (an article for another day), I am intrigued by the red cup.
Of course as a Christian, I would desire blue or purple cups during Advent leading up to white for Christmastide. Red is for Pentecost. But I don’t expect a corporation or even a local coffee roaster to do my religion for me. The church does that work. I always found the Church’s colors being different gave me comfort away from the bustle of the mall and the secular celebration of the Solstice, carefully hidden in a manager.
But ignoring these cups has been hard, and then the message was clear. We all agree. Most Christians and non-Christians all agree this is not something worthy to talk about. We all agree this is not what makes a good Christian. We even agree these is not what we imagine a good Christian would worry about. But we keep talking about it. Even most Christians and non-Christians, like myself right now, are reporting on the absurdity of this. Or so it seems, many of the very funny jokes and memes I have seen, in defense of the red cups, imply those desiring St. Arbuck profess their faith for all the world to see, are idiots, wrong, and even not Christian.
Whoa….how easy is it for us to create a victim together so we feel more unified.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere I go. Yes, the War on Christmas is back—and those of us who think the War on Christmas is absurd are participating in it just as much by taking sides in the Battle of the Cup.
And I await the Christ Child (in my tradition) to break light into the dark world ,we decorate with Red, Green, and Gold to Celebrate longer days, and yes Purple, Blue, and White in our Christian story of no more violence. No more scapegoating.
Happy Holidays!!! But first, bring on the turkey!
Where I will give many Thanks for René Girard who has helped me to see this light.