Because in the wild west of American religion, this stuff happens.
A self-styled “evangelist” vlogger in Nevada was able to gin up yet another silly media frenzy with a video criticizing Starbucks for their red holiday-themed cup. This time it’s not old Pat Robertson on TBN, folks. It’s an idiot with an iPhone.
Now, the media is gleefully reporting this as if there is a massive Christian outrage campaign against Starbucks.
Since zero respectable Christians actually give a crap about Starbucks’ red cups, this to me suggests one more reason we need strong denominations and church authority structures—so idiots like this can be plausibly disclaimed and shut up. Christianity doesn’t have an image problem, it has an authority problem.
Also, Starbucks coffee is burnt and nasty. But that’s not what we’re talking about here, is it.