Santa or Jesus?

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It’s that time of year again. The time of year where we buy tons of gifts, eat too much food, spend time with family, look at Christmas lights, and pay a visit to the crazy mall to grab those adorable family photos with Santa.

In my family we choose not to work up the Santa thing. Now don’t get me wrong my girls know who Santa is, they have sat on his lap, we have taken a picture but we don’t hype him up. They know he is not real.

I know what your thinking:

“Gasp! How can she do that to her kids? Rob them of Santa, how terrible!”

Does that make us somehow holier? No. Does that make us better parents then others? No. Does that make us better Christians? No.

Romans 3:23 says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,…” (NIV)

We are all sinners and we are all broken and need a savior. There is nothing we can do to earn Grace or the gift of heaven. It is a gift that is freely given.

Then why do we choose to not participate in Santa and all his red jolliness? Simply because we choose to place Christ at the center of everything we do.

We choose to teach our children that Christmas is about Jesus and the gift that he gave us on the cross. The gift of eternal life. Christmas is NOT about presents, it’s NOT about Santa, and it’s NOT about the commercialism that is all around us. It is about Jesus.

Are you worshiping the wrong person this year? Are you worshiping the jolly old elf, who comes down the chimney once a year or is your focus on the reason for the season?

Jesus Christ.

 It is written:

“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
    every tongue will acknowledge God.  (Romans 14:11 NIV)

Even Santa.

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About ChristineWelker

Christine Welker is the Children's Pastor at Lake Stevens Assembly of God in Lake Stevens Washington. Together with her husband, she ministers to children and their parents. They have three daughters and believe in the spiritual health of the whole family in addition to fostering the spiritual growth of children.
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