If you’re of the opinion that Christmas is just a pagan holiday the Christians “stole” and that celebrating it as such is evil, move on. I’ll cite Romans 14 and tell you to move on. Otherwise, this is pertinent.
This will piss off a lot of people, just like when I wrote about it years ago, but we need to get rid of Santa Claus.
|Yes, I went there.|
You see, Santa isn’t real, but we tell our kids that he is. When we knowingly say things that aren’t true, that’s called lying.
And don’t give me the, “but it’s all in fun for the kids” garbage. It’s actually a mentally and spiritually destructive thing if you actually think about it (and it’s still a lie).
If you’re good, some fat guy will come give you a lot of stuff for Christmas? Does this sound familiar?
Along with God, we’ve created a mythos around another entity who sees all, knows all, judges right from wrong and gives gifts according to what he’s deemed worthy. This is actually antithetical to the God of the Bible, who saves based on absolutely nothing we do, because we all deserve lumps of coal (or to be burned forever by said coal).
Santa has shifted Christmas away from celebrating the coming of the Savior of the world to celebrating consumerism. How much shit I don’t need can I buy cheaply this year? Who can I get it from? Who should I give stuff to? When can this happen? Should I wrap it or put it in a bag?
That’s not say that giving gifts is a bad thing. Hell, Jesus got the first Christmas gifts from the Magi. That’s just what people do to celebrate important, momentous occasions.
What is wrong is putting the emphasis on said gifts and someone who isn’t even real.
Seriously, Christmas is about God becoming incarnate in the form of Jesus (dat second person of the Trinity tho), in order to become our atonement so we can escape the second death. This baby would later turn Aquafina into a badass Merlot, resist all temptations thrown his way, put a guy’s ear back on after it got lopped off, and, you know, kinda get executed in the most brutal way in history so we don’t have to burn for eternity. Sometime in the future, he’ll return and personally rule the world with those whom he saved with perfect grace, while also being kind of hardcore in appearance (just read Revelation 1 for that).
And you’re going to pick a chubby guy in red with flying deer over the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe who gave himself to be reconciled with us?
If that’s the case, our priorities are jacked up.