What is inside the Cup?

363ce48c3abb522838ae419c3ca94418Well, Starbucks has gone and thrown 2,000 years of Christendom under the bus. They failed to put snowflakes or whatever on their Christmas cups this year.


Look, I’m well aware there is a war on everything Christ and Christmas by the secular left. That is their job, and they do it well. I know we now live in a post-Christian culture. The ducks are lining up quickly in our becoming an anti-Christian culture. Eventually persecution, the real stuff will come. Coffee cups are not the real stuff.

I get it; we feel the need to make a stand. It is frustrating! As crosses and monuments topple and law after law gets changed, there has to be a line drawn somewhere. I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed, but it seems that lattes just might not be the place.

David held a cup. It ran to overflowing with God’s provision and protection. (Psalm 23:5) Jesus held a cup. It overflowed with God’s salvation. (Matt 26:42) From these cups, we receive the most wondrous and necessary things of God. And having received them we can then share them with others.

The Pharisees also had cups. They polished the outside to a religious shine. On the inside, they were a hypocritical mess. You know, sometimes I wonder (I certainly include myself in this) if our monuments and bumper stickers and Christian “stuff” aren’t just our versions of shiny cups. When someone wants to remove them, we know that all we will have left is the inside of our cups. What is inside? Isn’t the real line in the sand we want so desperately to draw, actually supposed to be found in me, you, us?

I do not care what is on the outside of Starbucks’ cups. I’m also not real concerned about the outside of my Christian cup until I have first allowed Him to cleanse daily the inside. As Jesus told the blind Pharisees, “First cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.” (Matt 23:26)

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