Thomas McKenzie
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Yes, Christian, There is No Santa Claus


Santa Claus is Coming to Town
You better watch out; You better not cry
Better not pout; I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town.

He's making a list; And checking it twice;
Gonna find out who's naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town.

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!
O! You better watch out! ...

You see, at just the right time, while we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 
--Romans 5:6-8

When I was a child, my family had an interesting way of preparing for Christmas.  We had a 25 day Advent calendar on the refrigerator.  Each day, my parents would decide if my sister and I had been “naughty” or “nice.”  If we had been nice, we got to put a star on our calendar.  Naughty days meant no stars.  I had the silver stars, my sister the gold. The number of stars was supposed to have some kind of effect on the number of presents we were given on Christmas Day.  

I think there are good arguments for telling children about Santa Claus, and I’ve no interest in condemning people who participate in that fun tradition.  That said, we didn’t tell our kids about Santa when they were little.  An old man who lives far away but watches everyone on earth, who keeps track of my good or bad works, and then rewards or punishes me accordingly?  That sounds a lot like the god of false religion.  

The message of the Gospel is that our Father’s love for us is greater than our behavior.  His love precedes our actions; he loved us before he even made us.  He didn’t wait for us to “get right” before saving us.  Not at all.  While we were sitting in our sin, while we were living in open rebellion, Jesus came for us and died for us.  Our salvation is from his grace, and is in no way related to our good works.  Good works are vital to our lives; but they are the result our Father’s love, not the cause.  We can’t earn God’s love because his love for us is always perfect.  

Tell your kids and grandkids about Santa Claus, or don’t.  Up to you.  Just don’t believe in Santa Claus for yourself.  There is no distant, omniscient being who accepts or rejects you based on your behavior.  There is a God who is closer than your breath, more compassionate than you know, and more willing to bless you than you are willing to ask.  He desires that you do good, but his love for you will never be based on the good or bad you’ve done.  His love is based on the good that he has done.