Why I don’t like Santa Claus?

17th November, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Did you ever think about how much Santa Claus and God are alike?

God is omnipotent. He can do anything, even have power over the natural laws that govern our world. Santa Claus is powerful. How else could he fly through the air in a sleigh pulled by reindeer and visit every house throughout the course of one night?

God is omniscient. He knows everything. Santa Claus knows everything, too. He knows “if you’ve been sleeping.” Santa knows when you have been bad and when you’ve been good. Somehow he seems to have eyes that see everything that happens. 

God gives gifts to people. He gives life and health and a beautiful world and good food to eat. He gave the gift of His own Son. We pray to God and He answers our prayers. Santa Claus brings gifts. A child writes a list and Santa brings him what he requests.

But what’s the difference between God and Santa Claus (other than the obvious fact that God is real and Santa is not!)? Santa Claus brings gifts to those who are good and nasty chunks of coal to those who are not. Santa is jolly and friendly. He gives the impression that he loves everyone, but you could be surprised. It’s always in question. Am I good enough this year to get toys from Santa? Do you want gifts from Santa? Make sure you’re good. Work hard for them.

God, on the other hand, knows we can’t work hard to receive His gifts, particularly His gift of His Son. God gives His gifts purely by grace. We don’t deserve them, we can’t earn them, but God gives them freely.

The whole concept of Santa Claus is anti-grace. Our relationship with God is pure grace.

Note: I have some other problems with the concept of encouraging children to believe in the truth of Santa. More about that later.

Posted on: November 17, 2010

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