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Hollywood Weighs in on Christmas Beginning with Starbucks

Starbucks Coffee Cups, Christian Syrian Refugees, and More Talks About Those Starbucks Coffee Cups Highlight the Holiday Season

The people of Hollywood are coming out of from their corners, and they are squaring off on faith and spiritualism with the media propaganda handed down daily. We have “Christians are Crazy too”, “The Starbucks Sippy Cup Pandemonium” “Fighting Back into Faith”, “Shameful from Kentucky” and “Christians, Unite”! With all of these and so many more, I am certain, this has really spread the need for the delivery of the message there. And Praise God, HIS reach is among them, carrying it across.

The ladies of ‘The View’ came out sparring, as the states fought for and against Syrian Refugees. Each lady had something to add, and it seemed the most of it was just a “gut punch” to Candace Cameron Bure. On Tuesday’s show, the ladies began their talk on the subject, and it quickly escalated to Whoopi Goldberg criticizing the Republican politicians’ call for a Christian-only Syrian refugee resettlement program. Goldberg claimed that Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush have called for the United States to only accept Syrian Christian refugees into the country. A co-host, Joy Behar argued how calling for the U.S. to only accept Christian refugees isn’t a very Christian thing to do. She followed reminding us that Timothy McVeigh, the man responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing of the Federal Building, also identified himself as a Christian.

Co-host Candace Cameron Bure, a devout Christian, made several points starting with the fact that she too, was not pleased with the talk of the U.S. only taking Christian refugees. She followed by saying that Christians are known for their compassion and welcoming spirits. Goldberg, who is an atheist, chimed in by saying, “Because you are actually a Christian.” (Smith, 2015) With Bure confirming, “I am a Christian, and Christians are of compassion, and that is biblical — to help people, to help the poor, the orphans, the widows.” “This country is historically known to bring in, open its arms to displaced people, but all people groups have extremists that don’t accurately represent their larger community.” (Smith, 2015) Although, each lady seemed to express a point of view, it seemed maybe Goldberg wanted to make certain Bure understood, how imperfect Christians have been in the past by rapidly stating that Hitler, the mastermind of German descent, who was responsible for the Holocaust and for killing over 5 million Jews, was a Christian.

Well, thank you ladies of ‘The View’, as usual all Christians, including the lovely Candace Cameron Bure are happy to tell you how imperfect Christians are- past, present and future. It is our all-knowing and forgiving Father who knows the heart of the true believer; we do not need you to make judgments for us or our imperfections. Just stick to those “Hollywood History” books.

There has been a lot of controversy over the new Starbucks cup. It is red, with a white top, with the Starbucks logo. This is displeasing to some people, escalating to a point where people are either for it, or against it. “Hollywood Hills” has their point of view, “Surprise, Surprise!” Talk Show host Ellen Degeneres begins her show with a barrage of jokes each day. And she didn’t waste any time throwing the red cup in there as well. She never tried to say, “Hey guys!” “Maybe they are just cutting funds, and didn’t add anything to print!” (Law J. , 2015) I guess in Hollywood though, that doesn’t cut it for ratings. Instead, she launched in with a more ‘subdued approach’, and jokingly discussed the rumored “war on Christmas”, as she held the Starbucks holiday cup on her show. excessive use of jokes on religion stating, “Tolerance is not one-sided, reminding the LGBT and openly gay and married host of her own offense in some situations.” People are quick to say things about others, when they feel they have the floor; yet there are times when decency and respect, should come first.

Our Two Cents:

It seems a rarity, we find a celebrity who we see as someone we can spiritually look up to. Unless they are a “spiritual” celebrity, we find ourselves downtrodden after mere months or a couple of years at the most. With a young adult aged daughter and a teen aged daughter, they watch their favorite television programs, and they watch their favorite music bands or individuals. Some I approve of and some, well not so much.

I can remember years ago, when Miley Cyrus accepted Jesus as her personal Savior. I can remember her being in a movie called The Last Song. It was such a touching movie with a great message. Now she is nearly nude, or completely nude on stage. She uses her body to make lude movements, provocative movements in which I find to be very non-Christian behavior. In the book of First Timothy, Chapter 4, Verse 1 of the Bibles reiterates ~

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

I have to explain this at times, especially to my youngest daughter, who is quick to remind me, “Mother, don’t you remember when she was saved?” And there’s that ole’ “once saved, always saved” creeping up again. In the book of Matthew, Chapter 7, Verses 21-23, the Bible reads ~

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesized in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity.   

I then have to explain, “Well, yes, but that was before she was doing those things, and that thing, and there is a difference in accepting Christ, and then turning your back and doing what you want, living like you want. Teens and young adults forget that so easily, because of their age. And celebrities are just like young children in a huge land of fame. They let it go to their heads, and they need direction and guidance to make sure they do not become incensed by all the opportunity to sin. In the book of Galatians, Chapter 5, Verses 19-21, the Bible says~

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness. Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies. Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like; of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in the time past, that they which do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Then you have those people who do not believe in God. They do as they please, saying what they want. They live how they want, and they treat those of us who do love our God, as if we are less than them. It is this group of people who are considered intellectually advanced. In fact, these people should know more about God, than others, as they should have the capacity to comprehend things on a deeper more technical level. However, in the book of Romans, Chapter 1, Verses 21-22, the Bible clearly says~

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…”

If you intend to be a fool in this world, be a fool for God. Don’t let the world make a fool out of you. If you don’t believe what I am saying, that’s your decision to make, just know that you’re making a bet on it. You’re betting your soul on it.

OUR PRAYER:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I want to come to you in prayer, and I want to praise your name.

I want to lift it up so high, that it echoes with the angels as they hear me singing it.

I know there are so many people out in the so-called “City of Angels” who dream of a life like no other.

They do not understand, that beautiful life begins when you call us home.

Those beautiful people we call stars, lead destructive lives and for us,

we see them burn out faster than any star in the sky.

Though our lives are spent with them providing us entertainment and pleasure,

The reality there are people behind the characters, is always present.

We offer these people up to prayer, when there is sadness in their lives,

And we ask for forgiveness and moments of joy in their lives when needed.

Though there are many out there who do not discuss faith,

THRE s who deny having a faith,

who fall under the spell of drink and drugs,

Others who lose themselves all together.

Please be with the families, please be with the friends, please be with us,

As we pray for you to spread your word throughout the world, we pray it starts, right here at home first.
Amen

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About Brenda Stapleton

Brenda Stapleton is a professional writer and social media enthusiast. She is the founding columnist of from the park bench, and continues blogging under the same headline today. She is a content writer, technical writer, communication and procedural consultant, who considers it both an honor, and a privilege to have worked with such a diverse group of subject matter experts throughout the years. She feels it is through collaboration and communication with professionals in other programs, where meaningful partnerships are formed and challenging projects are culminated which produce awareness, integration, and increased success in finding solutions to mutual problems.

Brenda is a former primary and secondary educator, with a Louisiana teaching certification from (ULM) University of Louisiana at Monroe. She is a former nurse tech and registered nurse working under the ULM-RN program. She certified through the (AFA) American Fitness Association as a personal trainer, and is a certified law enforcement professional under (POST) Police Officer Standards Training in the State of Louisiana. She is well-versed in the Arts and Sciences, holding a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Arts in the discipline of Criminal Justice with minors in Sociology and Psychology. She has credited graduate work in English and Integrated Learning through Technology and Communication, carried over from her Ph.D. work in Integrating Technology, Learning and Psychology from Grand Canyon University.

and More…personally
Brenda grew up in Columbia, Louisiana in the same house, where her parents still live, today. She began life literally, stumbling every day. She was fitted for her first set of braces on her legs, as a toddler. She would wear braces on her legs, until the age of four, and orthopedic shoes until the age of six. Thinking the past was behind her, she took the world in leaps and bounds, until at the peak of her career, she faced yet another set-back, only this one, left her with a neurological injury that was irreversible. Since then, she has strived continuously for a career, where her passion for creativity would be fueled by the fervor of chasing a sense of sobriety that did not leave her doubtful of a future. Armed with a sense of humor, a purpose in life, and a heart full of dreams, she took the road less traveled, compliments of Robert Frost, and she has learned many things along the way.
She has learned adaptability is her best characteristic, and humility is her worst. She has learned the day is scarier than the night, for in the day you will see the harm that befalls you. She has learned unconditional love is never stronger than in the very young, and as it is in the very old. She has learned no matter what emotion a person is experiencing, a cuddly puppy can make you re-evaluate it all. She has learned the only certainty in life, is death- be ready. She has learned the most experienced emotions are forgiveness, grief and hope, and she has learned that patience is the most taught virtue.
In her free time, Brenda can be found lost in the elements of nature. She enjoys cycling, golfing, swimming, and practicing yoga. Her favorite places to be in this world are at the edge of the sand, with the ocean waves kissing her toes, or chasing her footprints away; or riding a bike through the park under the trees full of multi-colored leaves in the fall, with the wind blowing gently at her face, and is deeply overwhelmed by nature. It’s the fleeting moments when she is caught in a rainstorm, or snowflakes begin to fall, and melt as soon as they touch the warmth of skin, or when watching over a cocoon, as it changes into a butterfly, or a rose bud into bloom, when she feels human, small and meek.
Brenda is a published author of articles and blogs. She is currently writing her first book, but acknowledges her two greatest accomplishments, as the two who call her momma. She is inspired by watching her daughters become individuals, face their giants, and grow in life, while each follows her dreams and searches for a place and a purpose to aspire and grow. With several years behind her, and her children growing into adults, Brenda has taken the time to focus on her purpose. In doing so, she has unpacked the dreams she had placed away for safe keeping, and with a bit of uncertainty of what lies ahead, she sets out on yet another road less traveled, and this time, she says she takes a pen and paper along the way.

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