Wow! Starbucks Aids Christian Couple In Spite of Pagan Coffee Cups

I remember years ago, wanting to get all my Christian friends together to boycott everything Disney because they were allowing for a Gay Pride day at Disney World. “How could this wholesome corporation, that was so family oriented, betray all those families by letting gay people have their own day?

That was my question. We needed to stop Disney. Then a brother, who was a bit wiser than me, pointed out that Disney was in Orlando and a lot of Christians actually worked for Disney. By boycotting Disney we would be hurting our dear brothers and sisters who made their living working for the godless corporation.

Of course, my knee-jerk reaction was that they should quit working for Disney immediately? Really? Yes, that was my thinking. But over time, with some wisdom, and the story of Daniel, I really began to see that our loving God uses godless corporations to actually provide for His children.

In fact, it was shortly after this event that I began working for a company in which the godless owner made millions of dollars every year. There were at least 10 Christians working for this man in his quest for millions. God raised this man up, with his desire for riches, so that some of His followers could faithfully provide for their families and needs.

This happens all the time. The world of commerce is godless. Yes, I know there are a few companies like Chick Fil-A and Hobby Lobby that are based on biblical principles, but those are the exceptions, not the rule. Most of us have to work for companies, or government entities that are no more godly than your typical drunken college protester. We like to tell ourselves that we are there standing for righteousness, sharing the gospel and praying to see that the company repents and trusts in Christ. But the truth be known, we are not. We are trying to provide for our families and live as faithfully as possible in the situation in which God has placed us. He may use us to reach a few. But that would be because of His grace, and no more.

The point is that here recently, there has been a dust-up over some Starbucks coffee cups concerning the upcoming non-Christian holiday called Christmas. I’m really not sure what the dust-up is about. But it is quite ridiculous on several levels. First, Starbucks has never pretended to be a Christian company. They went into business to sell coffee and that is what they do. They did not do so for the glory of God, but to get rich. There is no hiding that reality. There is nothing wrong with that goal either.

Secondly, as Christians, we need to get over Christmas. It is rooted in pagan practices, and is NOT mandated in Scripture. God has given us so many holy days a year, 52 to be exact, and Christmas is not one of them. Yes, I know, we like to tack the baby Jesus onto Christmas and try to make it a holy day. But this is, at best, window dressing. I’m not saying you cannot celebrate Christmas, but let’s quit calling it Christian, especially given that most of us are Protestants. Just the word Christmas should give us a clue that it is not a part of our heritage; Christ-mass. We do not celebrate the mass.

Third, as Christians, we should be more concerned with keeping the LORD’s day holy than worrying over our consumer-fest every December. Our LORD has actually given us the LORD’s day to cease from commerce and worship Him. It should offend us more that many Christians drive thru at Starbucks on their way to church every Sunday, than to worry about what cups the coffee is served in. To break the Fourth Commandment is sinful, on par with murder, adultery, covetousness, stealing, and idolatry.

By going to Starbucks (or any other eating establishment) on Sunday you are causing your “servants” to work on that day, depriving them of the opportunity to worship the LORD as well. If all the Christians would actually honor the LORD’s day by not engaging in commerce, more companies would be apt to close on Sunday. However, the church is walking lockstep with the spirit of the age when it comes to violating God’s holy day. It is sad that so many get upset because of some perceived sin against Christmas, and think nothing of committing an actual sin when it comes to the LORD’s day.

Finally, I need to let you know that my wife works for Starbucks and I’m truly grateful God has given her the opportunity to do so. She doesn’t get paid a lot, but our health benefits are fantastic. The health plan we have is better than some of the ones I had as a pastor. So say what you want to about this pagan company (because they have a pagan symbol on their cup), they truly take care of their employees. Given my salary working for the state (another godless entity), I would not be able to afford such a plan.

God is, once again, using a godless company to provide for two of His children. And guess what? My wife does such a good job for the company, that she never has to violate her convictions about working on Sunday. She told them upfront when she began working for the company five years ago that working on Sunday was not an option and they have honored her commitment to the LORD.

I know of at least one retail company in which all the owners and upper management make a big show of being Christians, yet require all their employees to work on Sunday without batting an eye. The hypocrisy is a stench in the LORD’s nostrils. If more Christians would actually stand for the truth and God’s Law, then fewer places would be open on the LORD’s day.

Most believers are not that concerned about the entirety of God’s Law. You can see this when you suggest that breaking the Fourth Commandment is actually a  sin…they rip Romans 6:14 out of context and claim that the Law has no place for us in the Christian life. Yet they still believe in the Seventh Commandment of the Law concerning adultery and never seem to complain about the reality that we should keep that Law.

I digress. The point here is that God uses the godless world system to provide for His children. He may have us move out of the world system at some future date, for which we should always be ready. But until then, He has chosen to keep His Daniels in the employment of the king for HIS own glory.


13 thoughts on “Wow! Starbucks Aids Christian Couple In Spite of Pagan Coffee Cups

  1. Sunday is no holier then any other day of the week. In Genesis 2:2-3, GOD ended HIS work and RESTED from HIS work, have you noticed HE did not add, and “the evening and morning” were the seventh day, as HE did with the six days of creation, HE left it opened, WHY? GOD,s dealings with HIS people in the O.T. was material and physical, under the N.T. GOD is dealing with HIS people spiritually. So the O.T people of GOD had to try and live by the Ten Commandments, which they were unable. JESUS came, lived the commandments perfectly in our stead. When HE died on the cross the old covenant( physical) was done away with and we are now under the new covenant (spiritual). We can not be under two covenants at the same time, it’s either one or the other. JESUS is our rest from our works of trying to keep HIS commandments and works of trying to please him in our strength. It’s now JESUS in us and we in JESUS. Those who live under the O.T law are cursed, Galatians explains this very well. JESUS kept the law when HE was on the earth, cause HE was the ONLY one who could. If JESUS is in us and we are in JESUS and we slip up and sin, we confess our sins and thank GOD for the blood of JESUS which washes us clean. We are to repent always when we sin and turn from our sins. The righteousness I have is all from the work of JESUS, I can not claim any of the glory, it’s all HIS. I so love the eternal rest I have in my LORD and Savior. One more thing, under the old covenant the keeping of GOD,s law was outward, under the new covenant it is spiritual, in the inner man, in his heart, mind and soul, it’s a much, much deeper.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this.

    Shirley Jessome


  2. Not to stir the pot, but “God uses the godless world system to provide for His children” isn’t quite what Scripture teaches, but I’d be glad for a reference to consider.

    In fact the kingdom of this world (being Christ’s kingdom) is abused by the godless, who are in rebellion. If Jesus isn’t the Lord of the economy then being the Lord of the Sabbath has its limitations….

    Shirley, didn’t God institute Sabbath rest well before the establishment of the Mosaic (old) covenant?
    There is a lack of connection in your argument. In fact, citing Genesis is probably sewlf-refuting.


    • Hi Ron,
      Good points and questions. My point is the God can and does use godless systems for the benefit of His people. I’m basing that both on Joseph in Egypt and Daniel in captivity. Both systems of commerce/government etc., were godless, yet God, being truly sovereign over both, used them to provide for His people. There is only one Kingdom with one true King, Christ. Does that help?


  3. I’m confused. Are you saying that you don’t celebrate Christmas? Do you not celebrate the birth of Jesus? Does your church have a Christmas program with music about the birth of Christ? I’m a Reformed Presbyterian, and I thought “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” was a legitimate phrase. I do NOT like the commercialism of Christmas, but I thought that Christians celebrated the birth of Christ first, and parties, gifts, etc. second. I’m confused.


    • Hi Jeanette,
      When it comes to the churches where I pastor, I usually just take what they already do and comply with it. I have no problem singing hymns about His birth at this time. But big musicals scenes with the baby Jesus, not going to happen. As for the “Reason for the Season,” remember that this is a man-made season. The Bible gives us no instructions to celebrate the birth of Christ every year, especially with what it has become. Realize the Bible doesn’t tell us when He was born either. So most of the trappings that we hold dear at this time are not Christian at all. They are pagan adaptations with meanings imposed them to make them acceptable. The holy day we should be most concerned with is the LORD’s day. He has given us 52 of them a year, yet we stress over all the things about Christmas that He has not given us in the first place.

      BTW, if you want to celebrate Christmas the way you have been, please do. I see it as a family holiday, but not so much a Christian holiday.


    • I was a RP many years ago, when we were taught the “regualtive principle of worhip” in which that which had no Scriptural warrant was forbidden, as opposed to we Lutherans who worship under the normative principle (that which is not forbidden is permitted). IOW since Christmas – along with hyms and instrumental accompaniment – were not warranted, they were forbidden; that’s why the RPCNA sings a capella from a metrical Psalter. Has the church changed its teaching?


      • Kirk, depends on what church you are speaking of. The PCA has clearly left the regulative principle as a whole. I’m not sure about the OPC and don’t know about the rest of the reformed world.


      • My confusion on what this principle means comes from how clearly the Westminster divines spelled it out and how it was practiced; eg the original Blue Book and the 1615 Psalter. The term “regulative principle” is now used to cover hymn-sandwich, CW, and even the sort of high-church chancel-prancing seen in traditional LCMS congregations. That being said, the term is effectively rendered useless, because such a principle can’t regulate. ISTM those churches not practicing exclusive a capella psalmody should ditch the term and just admit that they agree with us and the Continuing Anglicans re: normative principle.


  4. I love your answers to us, and agree with them (i.e. Lord’s Day/Christian Sabbath and Christ-mass). Thanks for the clarifications. I am also grateful you don’t just blog your thoughts, but continue the conversation.

    I thought you might be interested in the following from today’s Logos 6 entry for “Connecting the Testaments”:

    November 15: Economics, Currency, and Caesar
    1 Kings 20:26–21:29; Mark 12:1–34; Proverbs 5:1–10

    Jesus’ command to pay taxes is one of the trickier passages in the NT. The actual line isn’t tricky—“Give to Caesar the things of Caesar, and to God the things of God” (Mark 12:17)—but its origins and Jesus’ exact reasoning aren’t as clear.
    People have taken this passage to suggest that Jesus was in favor of government or taxes. But this interpretation misses the point. We’re meant to learn from Jesus here, not take away some regulation. Certainly Jesus condones paying taxes and charity work, but those points touch only on the basics of His statement.
    First, Jesus is annoyed. The Pharisees and Herodians are testing Him with this question, and He doesn’t approve. His reaction suggests that simply taking away a “law” here would sadden Him, for that’s all the Pharisees and Herodians cared about (Mark 12:15). The “law” would address only the political question.
    Jesus goes on to ask for a denarius, signaling that He doesn’t have one—He is poor (Mark 12:15–16). This coin had Caesar’s image on it and claimed divinity for Caesar. Jesus’ remark acknowledges the claim: “Give to Caesar the currency of his kingdom’s economy.” He also addresses the larger issue of the “image of God” (Gen 1:27): “Give to God the things of God” (Mark 12:17). What belongs to God? The entire world and everything in it—our very selves. We are meant, as members of God’s work, to act as people who operate within His currency of sacrificial living.
    The Pharisees and Herodians’ question and Jesus’ answer are political, but the politics are eternal. The economics have ramifications for all people, for all time. They change the way we as Christians act and operate. They change what we value. The economic shift is an “image-bearing” shift.
    Whom do you serve? Give to God what He deserves. Give to the kingdoms of this world what they have created (their currency). Give to God what is God’s—your very life. Operate under God’s currency as one who bears His image.

    Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.


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