Recently, Starbucks received complaints about their new holiday coffee cups, saying the chain is making war on Christmas. However, senior pastor of Hillsong Church New York Carl Lentz said that Christians are only exaggerating the issue.
"I think it's weird when Christians freak out about stuff like that. I don't know why we get so shaky when the world is the world," he said in an interview. He questions why Christians are getting mad at Starbucks, and he asked, did the coffee shop "vow" to embody Christmas?
Lentz stressed that different people have different ways to celebrate the Christmas season. Starbucks' campaign this year should not be viewed as a war against Christians.
In his house, the pastor explained that they celebrate what they believe in, and "people can do what they want." He further said that if a Christian believes in his faith, he should allow other "people to be people and not make a fight about everything."
Lentz, known for his current brand of preaching and tattooed appearance as a pastor, is also a close friend of famous celebrities like Justin Bieber, NBA stars Kevin Durant and Jeremy Lin.
The pastor also became famous for his stand regarding "gay-welcoming" churches. He stated that it was wrong for the Christian community to judge other churches beliefs. He stressed that churches have to stay open to people who are in desperate need of God.
In response to the criticisms about new Starbucks' cup, the company executives said they wanted to embrace "simplicity and quietness" in their new products. Moreover, they wanted to show that the coffee shops could be "sanctuary" during the holidays.
Since 1997, Starbucks was offering holidays drinks in a festive red cup, adorned with Christmas symbols like reindeer and snowflakes. However, the company decided to make minimalist design this year: Vivid red and just their famous mermaid logo.
Many people are upset because the Christmas décor has been removed. Some religious conservatives said Starbucks are taking religions out of the Yuletide season by doing things like greeting their customers with "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas."
The latest holiday cups from Starbucks were first introduced in selected shopping destinations in Europe on October 22 before being released in America and Canada on November 1.
Having said that, what do you think of this year's red cup design?