Controversy is Brewing

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

The evening news has dubbed it “The Coffee Cup Wars” because people are getting worked up over the holiday cups being used by two major coffee companies.  Starbucks is promoting a plain red cup with its company label this holiday season.  There are no Christmas theme pictures or designs on it and this has  some Christians upset.  While Dunkin Donuts, on the other hand, is touting a white cup for the holiday season with the word “Joy” written across it in bright red letters.  This has caused some Christians to praise Dunkin Donuts for not ignoring the true message of Christmas.

Although I don’t believe that Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts is genuinely concerned with proclaiming the true meaning of Christmas, I find this current controversy worth commenting on.  Whether or not a person acknowledges Jesus Christ’s incarnation and mission to save us from our sins, does not change the fact that He is the Prince of Peace and the King of Kings.  In Philippians 2:10-11 Paul reminds us of this when he writes, “…that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  To acknowledge or confess means to agree with.  Therefore, one day everyone will agree with the testimony of the Bible that Jesus is who He said He is and that He defeated sin and death at the cross.  When each person stands before Christ, their confession will either be a doxology (hymn of praise) or an admission of guilt and the justness of their eternal punishment.

As you enjoy your cup of Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts coffee this week, remember its not what’s on the outside of the cup that matters most.  But, whether or not Jesus Christ reigns in your heart as your Lord and Savior.  Now, that is something to get worked up about!