Jesus is the reason for the season, not Santa, reindeer or elves. Look to Christ and don’t let the lies of this world rule your life. This is very important, lest we are found believing in something that is not real instead of what is real. We must remember that mythical creatures and people like Santa, who is fake and a big fat lie, that God does not approve of this. So telling our kids about him is bad. Instead, teach them about the Lord, who is alive. Surely, in this world, we have five different types of families. One being those that celebrate Christmas with Santa Clause and his gifts being the premise alone. Two being those that celebrate Christmas, which includes Santa and remembering Jesus’s birth. Three being those that celebrate Christmas, of which only Jesus and His birth are remembered. Fourth being those that don’t celebrate the Christmas holiday, in order to not mix with the things of this world, of which are believers in Christ. Fifth being those that don’t celebrate Christmas but are not believers in Christ. And based on these five types of people, you should know very well where you fit in. However, out of the five groups of people, only two of them are correct. That being those that celebrate Christmas with the intention to only celebrate Jesus’s birth and those that don’t celebrate it, but still remember Jesus every day of the year. Just because someone celebrates this holiday or not doesn’t mean they are not Christian. What matters, however, is if their hearts is solely on Christ.
As a believer in Christ, we should never let the traditions of this world, including holidays, warp how we feel about God and the things of this world. Surely, if anything or someone is causing us to believe in a lie, we should not allow ourselves or our children to believe in such things. And this is not just my opinion, but what the Bible teaches also. Paul said, 1“and this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Colossians 2:4-8) So what does this mean? It means to not let people trick us in their lies, though the world says it is OK. Like allowing our kids to sit on Santa’s lap, watch movies or shows on Santa, read them stories about Santa, listen to music on Santa, and more. These are all lies that have come from the devil and not God. His plan from the beginning was to have people believe in something that doesn’t exist, in order to make them forget or stop thinking about Jesus. This is very important to understand, for we are to raise our children up in the ways of the Lord and not what the world says is right.
Let us pray:
Come, Lord, I pray. Hear the intents of my heart now, for it is troubled. I do love You and honor You with not only my lips but with my deeds, so hear my prayer today. You are my God and I pray that others will also lift You up high. Tear out of their wicked hearts every vile and wicked thing, then can they come and worship You as they should. May there be no more willful sins or lies remain in their lives. Instead, cause them to be convicted of such things, that they may come humbly to You in all their confessions. Yes, God, my heart aches this time of year because of all the lies in this world. It is all over TV and everywhere we go that kids should believe in Santa Clause, and tell him what is on their hearts, instead of You. And what the world is using to entice families is very subtle, but very damaging also. For their children’s beliefs are all messed up now, because of one little lie. Oh Lord, this is so sad and I pray that families that truly believe in You will give up on such vain traditions of men for Your cause. May they no longer live for what the world wants to lead them into thinking, but what You want to teach them through the Holy Spirit and through Your Words in the Bible. Truly, the best things that we can think about this time of year is Your birth, Jesus, and not a man and his workshop that does not exist. You are what is real and what we can rely on to show us the way. I love You, Lord. You are my God and I am grateful to serve you. All the praise and honor to Your holy Name. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Colossians 2 (KJV)
1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.