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A few days ago I watched a video from a guy who encouraged Christians to tell their Starbucks barista when ordering a drink that their name is “Merry Christmas.” He encouraged this all while claiming Merry Christmas had been taken off the cups this year from they previous years. I liked the video and idea so I shared the video with a little heart. Not giving much thought to all the hype that it would cause, I have since realized that it has become national news and all the social media outlets are blowing up with people chiming in on it. I spent a little over an hour reading blogs, messages, quips and articles on this and I must admit, I still feel annoyed by it. Why did I waste my time reading through so much and why am I wasting time to write this blog post about it?
I read articles from people who work at Starbucks (on both sides of the matter) and articles from prominent Christians who claim that we Christians look like wackos because we actually take the time to care and comment about this kind of stuff. Each one of the articles I read went to great lengths to state areas where our focus as Christians really should be. Most of them addressed human suffering, human sex trafficking, the war on Christians in Iran, adoption, abortion, praying for American pastor Saeed and the list was extensive. Some of the blog posts and articles were very well written. But not one of the articles that I read actually addressed the need for our focus to be on Jesus at Christmas time. Hasn’t this been how Satan has worked since the beginning of time? Distract them with good, meaningful and noteworthy issues so that they miss the most important thing of all “Jesus.”
If Christians spent this kind of time with Jesus rather than on all the annoying media hype, He could and would move us to do extraordinary things for His kingdom. Jesus is so worthy of all the hype. He is so worthy of our time, our reading, our writing and of our meditation. This Christmas, I will do my best to focus on Him. He alone is most worthy.
One last thought that hit me last night as I was reading through all the articles and blog posts, perhaps Christians might need to rethink this matter a bit. It doesn’t matter which side you fall on. There’s a book called the Marketing of Evil…it would be so worthy for the Christian to read. The marketing of evil has absolutely NOTHING to do with coffee cups…nothing. This is just another tool of the enemy to misguide our focus from where it should actually be at Christmas and that is on Jesus.
If you are interested in reading the book, it can be found on Amazon. Here is a description of the book taken from the Amazon site:
“Millions of Americans today accept ideas and behaviors that would have horrified all previous generations. Why? Why have thousands of years of Judeo-Christian moral standards suddenly been abandoned? What’s behind today’s divorce epidemic? Why is public prayer being criminalized? Why are 3,000 innocent unborn children aborted daily? In this widely acclaimed exposé, veteran journalist David Kupelian reveals the brilliant marketing strategies that have turned America upside down. “Within the space of our lifetime, much of what Americans once almost universally abhorred has been packaged, perfumed, gift-wrapped, and sold to us as though it had great value. By skillfully playing on our deeply felt national values of fairness, generosity, and tolerance, these marketers have persuaded us to embrace as enlightened and noble that which every other generation has regarded as grossly self-destructive―in a word, evil.”
Marketing is just one strategy of the enemy to distract us from Jesus. I am not sure about you, but this Christmas, forget everything that takes our focus off of Jesus.
Focusing My Heart, Mind and Soul this Christmas on Jesus,
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