I recently read an article by Pastor John Piper called Rethinking Santa. You can find it at the link above at desiringGod.
I’ve had a similar train of thought for awhile now and I thought I should put those ideas and a few more into a detailed side-by-side comparison chart:
When you look at the big picture of where your child’s hope and joy resides, do you really want it in something so fragile and unfulfilling as the story of Santa Claus? I’m not saying believing in Santa is sinful –it’s not– but as Paul said in his letter to the Corinthian church: “You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial.” (1 Corinthians 10:23 NLT)
“If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?” (Luke 11:11). When both are free, why give children mud-pies when you could give them a day at the beach for the rest of their lives?
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13)
I hope you all enjoyed this post, and it was something to think about.
Merry Christmas!! -Ben