CLAUS -- The Substitute
knows when you are sleeping, He knows when you’re awake, He knows when
you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake…” One danger in
this is that being all-knowing is an attribute of Almighty God Jehovah,
and to teach children this about Santa is elevating Santa to a god-like
level in their young and impressionable minds. In short, it is
A second danger when children
are taught about
Santa Claus as if he really exists, and also the virgin birth of Jesus
Christ, then, when they learn that Santa is just a nice fun story, they
frequently expect that some day they will also find out that the story
of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ is also fiction. Instead of
all our worship and adoration on the One whose birthday we are
celebrating, we spend much time thinking of and in fact worshipping
Claus. God says, “I am the Lord: that is my name: and My glory will I
give to another…” (Isaiah 42:8).
A third problem about telling
children about Santa
Claus is that that story being a lie, told as truth repeatedly by many
people, backed up by all the hype and fanfare of the media at Christmas
time and for a month or so before, tells the child that sometimes
a lie is OK. And of course this is not the message that responsible
want to convey, but many do not see this danger.
The person who always tells
the truth may not always
be popular in the crowd that thinks truth is relative and can be bent
fit what the teller wants people to think. But he or she will come to
known as someone who can be depended on for honesty and telling the
and this attribute can be the most valuable asset a person can own, The
reputation that “He (or she) always tells the truth,” is worth far more
than a fat bank account!
Everyone argues that telling
chilldren about Santa
Claus is a harmless and cute story that adds to the good feeling and
of the season, then cannot understand when their children begin telling
“little’ lies and move on into other forms of deception, all too often
reaching to the point of actual criminal fraud. Then these parents ask
so innocently, “Where did we go wrong? We always went to church and
him (or her) in church.” They wring their hands and cannot see that
own deception of their children in seemingly innocent and unimportant
like teaching Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny has taught their
at an early age that deception is acceptable.
With this background, is it
any wonder that even
fairly young children who have watched certain violent Saturday
on TV have been known to kill their playmates, perhaps with just a push
or shove or perhaps with a knife or gun, expecting them to jump right
up, totally unharmed like the coyote, the rabbit or the road-runner in
the cartoons do. They never suspect that death is really permanent! If
Jesus rose from the dead and the cartoon animals jump right back up and
go on unharmed, why does their friend stay so still and lifeless?
Truth is not bending the
facts to suit our own
purposes, whether our purposes are good or bad. Truth is stating things
as factually and honestly as you know it. If you do not know something,
truth says to admit that you do not know, don’t try to make up
so you seem to know all the answers.
God does not distinguish
between big lies and little
lies, seemingly harmless ones or those that destroy someone’s
or life. Notice the select company liars keep and where they will end
in the following scripture: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the
abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers,and sorcerers, and
and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with
and brimstone: which is the second death,” (Revelation 21:8).
If you have been
telling any of these lies,
or if there is other sin in your life, please come to our Lord Jesus
in repentance right now. If you are already a born-again Christian,
“If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” (1 John 1:9).
If you have never been born again, then “Repent and be baptized, every
one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38).