By ZACH NOBLE
Your Facebook feed has been awash with red, sanctimony flowing freely as basically everybody said, "What, offended that Starbucks' cups are a beautiful minimalist scarlet this year? Not I!"
Yeah, we get it, you're better than the imaginary dumb Christians who were allegedly outraged.
While the whole thing was inane, it was also pretty illuminating and I'm glad it happened.
Why? Because it helped highlight the difference between genuinely faith-filled folks, honestly trying to live their religious tenets in a pluralistic society, and opportunistic charlatans.
Here's that faithful Christian soldier, Donald Trump:
And then the kicker:
He's not alone on the "don't care" part.
Most Christians just don't care about the cups.
The manufactured controversy pretty much only benefited Starbucks and Josh Feuerstein, the idk-let's-maybe-shoot-gay-people ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ pastor who started the whole kerfuffle and used it to fuel his social media infamy, while hurting actual Christianity.
But if Trump and Feuerstein are the only people who got outraged over Starbucks' design choice, that's fine. Trump doesn't even go to church, and Feuerstein is a sinister blowhard whose theological pronouncements are on par with your unemployed uncle's stock tips.
Those guys can be mad over a private business choosing to decorate cups as it wishes.
Reasonable Christians all know that a) Starbucks has always been a secular joint and b) urging businesses to adopt your religious symbols smacks of hypocrisy when there's that whole gay wedding cake argument going on.
So, yeah, that's pretty much that story.
Now all we can hope is that Trump and Feuerstein add Facebook blue to their color-based Christmas boycott list.
Zach Noble is a journalist who has covered everything from the OPM hack to a rescue dog's retirement party. He's been wrestling to reconcile his bleeding heart Catholicism with his pragmatic libertarianism since that freshman year love affair with Ayn Rand. He tweets erratically as @thezachnoble.