Monday, November 9, 2015
Why boycotting Starbucks will backfire
We live in a time when people think inactivity is activity. Such as the latest "christian" boycott of Starbucks over their bland holiday cup. The thinking goes, if "we" don't purchase "their" goods, we'll show "them!" But what really happens in a "culture-war" boycott?
People, in general, want to protect and rescue those who are being attacked. So, when "christians" attack Starbucks over their red cup, the majority of people will naturally want to rescue Starbucks -- it's just the way we are wired.
What else happens? People who boycott Starbucks over their red cups show their own inconsistencies are beyond measure. Last time I checked, gas comes from oil and a lot of oil comes from the Middle East. There are some people in the Middle East profiting from our oil consumption who really, authentically, hate Christians -- and they don't use red cups to prove their point. How come I've never heard of people boycotting gas stations over the ideologies of the nations producing the oil?
And, the old saying "There's no such thing as bad publicity" is true. The more people rant about Starbucks, the more free advertising Starbucks receives.
Now, as far as I'm concerned, I could care less what Starbucks uses for their holiday cups. We have two sons who work for Starbucks, and our sons have thrived with Starbucks. We're very proud of our sons. Our sons have had many opportunities to share their Christian faith & let their light shine by being engaged in our culture simply because they do work for Starbucks.
It's highly inappropriate to assume the motives behind the red cup and many people are almost on the verge of slander with the claims they make. All they really do by boycotting is reaffirm in the minds of people that Christians are hateful people who complain a lot. Besides, if you want to change the culture, you engage it lovingly, you don't hide behind a paper cup.