Let me be clear, I fancy myself quite religious and have my fair share of facebook friends of the same uber conservative/religious bent and yet for all of my news feed trawling I have yet to find someone calling for a boycott based on a red cup. I’m not saying they don’t exist, but for all the preachers, deacons, and parishioners of various denominations that I call “friends” I couldn’t find anyone who when weighing in didn’t denounce the supposed controversy as anything short of idiotic.
Which begs the question: Where are all of these people? The honest answer is I don’t know. What I do know is that we Christians fall into this trap every year. Every go round we must defend our faith from those who would slander it with their petulance. But it is a trap. And the effect is the same as the one nincompoop who complained about the cup in the first place – we’ve lost sight of what’s actually important. Yeah, it’s not about a cup but it’s also not about everyone in our friends list knowing which side of sanity we are on, endlessly defending our beliefs from a handful of people who only want to malign them. Juxtapose that with Christmas and you get irony so thick it’s unbelievable. This is supposed to be the holiday about joy, about hope, and about God’s love and yet we can’t see past ourselves to what we’re missing and that’s sad.
So here’s my suggestion, and because you’re reading it online it is infinitely wise, this holiday season put down your phone, put down your ipad and your stupid red cup and drink in what the holiday is really about. If you’re a Christian and you really want to celebrate Christmas don’t wish someone a merry Christmas give them one. Go show kindness to someone with no thought of repayment. Go pack lunches at a food pantry, go serve thanksgiving dinner at a homeless shelter, anonymously buy lunch for a table of police officers. Do something that takes your eyes off of yourself for just a moment and you’ll be amazed at what you see.