"The key to understanding the Bible is to look for Jesus in the Bible. Jesus is the hero of the Bible. If you read the Bible and don't find Jesus, re-read it! The Bible has one hero, His name is Jesus; one villain, that is Satan; one problem, that is sin; one solution, that is salvation. That is what the Bible is all about." -Dr. Adrian Rogers

Friday, December 16, 2011

My Yearly Seasonal Rant

Everyone who knows me knows that I simply cannot stand Santa Claus. And my children—when I have children—will never receive so much as one gift from him. They will never sit upon his lap in the mall, or send him so much as one letter. You will never find a replica of him in my house, either. As you can imagine, I have had many people ask me why I have such a bitter hatred for the mythological man with rosy red cheeks who wears a large red suit and travels around the whole world in one night to bring every child great joy, so I thought I would take the time today to explain to you the answer to that question.

Simply and very bluntly put, Santa Claus is a lie straight from Hell that was designed to confuse children about the true meaning of Christmas. Sadly, many parents—including many Christians—have never come to this realization. I grew up receiving gifts from Santa. But after a conversation with one of my high school teachers, I began to question whether or not Santa is really as harmless as he seems. That was when I thought long and hard about the song “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” After all, everything there is to know about Santa Claus is written in that song; therefore, if I was going to find anything wrong with Santa Claus, that is where I would find it.

My teacher explained that “He sees you when you’re sleeping/ He knows when you’re awake/ He knows if you’ve been bad or good” makes Santa equal with God. He made a very good point. After I got to thinking about it, I realized that Santa Clause is not just an attempt to take Christ out of Christmas; Santa Claus is an attempt to do away with a higher moral being altogether. Santa Claus is an entirely atheistic idea, really. I was able to come to that conclusion by reading the last part of that verse of the song: “So be good for goodness sake.” Did you get that? Santa Claus is teaching children to be good just for the sake of being good. But who is to say what is good without God? If it is humanity that defines right and wrong, what is right and wrong can change. However, God never changes, and neither do His standards.

We need to be teaching our children that they should be good because God said so. Our children need to know that they are to obey their parents because God said so. They need to know that it is wrong to lie and to steal because God said so. Fornication, adultery, murder are wrong because God said so. Our children need to know that “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). We are all one hundred percent morally accountable to God, and that is what we need to be teaching our children.

I love Christmas! Christmas is the celebration of the birth of my Lord, my Savior. When I have children of my own, I want to use this time of year to teach them that Jesus was born to live a sinless life and then die on an old, rugged cross for their sins. I look forward to teaching my children that—despite what everybody else says—Christmas is not a time for family, friends, or giving; Christmas is a time for honoring the One that gave His life for us.

I pray this post has provided you with information you needed to know what Christmas is all about. And I earnestly pray that this post will cause you to reconsider whether or not your children should receive any gifts from Santa Claus this year. I am here to tell you today that your decision will impact their lives forever.

As always, if you do not know Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, I pray that you will come to do so today. If you will repent of your sin and trust Jesus alone to save you, He will save you today and keep you saved forever.

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