Santa on Trial

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The big fella.

Every Christmas the big red starts making his appearance. And so we dust off and roll out the red carpet for our hailed guest at Christmas Carols. News Shows. Adverts. Major festivals. Photo shoots. Sporting events. Pageants. Ceremonies. Parties.

Santa’s social stocks go off the freaking charts. 

And amongst all the flashing lights and fan-fare, the true Christmas story appears increasingly irrelevant. God is thrown onto the back-burner. Jesus is once again driven back into his manger on the outskirts of town, as we fill and leave no room or vacancy for the God who came to save the very people who showed him the stiff arm.

It’s not unusual for Jesus to have opposition. Hear that loud and clear. Jesus is no stranger to rejection. Jesus even expected it (John 15:18). But if you’re going to hate on God, at least get your criticisms remotely right. Get it right. See it clear. Don’t mix it up.

Don’t make the mistake of muddying the waters of God himself.

Christmas is an indictment before it becomes a delight. It will not have its intended effect until we feel desperately the need for a Saviour

Here’s the creed.

In Jesus we have a crystal clear image of God. And so if other people or ideas are subtly smuggled into the conversation, we have a muddying of those waters. When the focus is taken off Jesus as our final and decisive image of God, the water pollutes.

And here’s my issue. Some people I meet legitimately see God a heck of a lot like Santa. And I’m not just talking about kids. There are adults I know that have bought into an image of God that is really just Santa in disguise. Sounds stupid. But it’s true.

Santa becomes a tragic distraction when we blur the lines and muddy the waters between him and God. And Santa perpetuates three huge myths about God. Three myths that the very meaning and purpose of Christmas set in motion to abort – once and for all.

It’s time to put Santa on trial.

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  • God is a removed, retiring recluse

Santa lives far away and acts once a year. God has drawn near and he’s here to stay – continually willing and working for his people

He lives in a far away place. He watches everything going on. He hopes people are doing good and living as well as they can. He keeps a record of what is happening all over the world. And once a year he gets off his armchair and do some work.

No, I’m not talking about God.

Santa is the celebrated poster boy of a removed, retiring recluse. And here’s the issue. A lot of people ascribe the same characteristics to God. They muster up an image of God as a distant somebody. A divine-dude who takes annual leave most days of the year, lives in a far away place, and doesn’t care enough to lend humanity a hand.

Christmas is a massive indictment on this myth.

To say that God is not with us is to look at history with your eyes closed. Because Jesus Christ – who is Himself the very imprint of God (Hebrews 1:3) – drew near to us in physical form. Immanuel – meaning God with us – entered the scene (Matthew 1:23).

And what did Jesus say with some of his last words on earth? What did Jesus really want ringing in our ears? “Surely I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). Surely. Always. Even to the end of the age. You can bank your life on it.

It all slams the door on the accusation that God is some self-appointed outcast without any real care for his people. Don’t dress up God to look like Santa.

God is an all-pervasive, permanent presence.

  • God rarely shows up, but when he does, it’s mysterious

Santa appears in mysterious and undocumented ways. God appears to us in physical form – documented for millions to see and savour

He intervenes on earth’s affairs just once in the whole year.

And when he does decide to show up, he doesn’t take the conventional front door approach. No no no. He decides, of all things, to slide down your freaking chimney. And only if you’re lucky, and I mean really lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of him.

Unfortunately, that is many people’s view of God.

It’s this weird idea that God somehow hasn’t shown up in an obvious way to the world. Now hear me out: this objection might work for other religions. But if you are talking about Christianity, you literally couldn’t be more wrong.

Because Christianity is founded on the very person of Jesus. Objective. Straight up facts. God in the flesh (John 1), enters into history, lived and died and now lives again. The works and words of Jesus recorded as historical and reliable documents – the word of God – carried across centuries for millions to be able to know this God.

So. Please. Stop making weird inferences about how much God is present in your life according to how good or bad things are going. And don’t start thinking that staring into the sky for a sign is going to help you much. Here’s a thought: if you really want to hear God speak to you – read your Bible out loud. Hear his voice loud and clear in scripture.

And if you really want to see God – look at Jesus.

Not a freaking chimney.

  • God gives if you’re good

Santa comes with a clause. Jesus comes as our Christ.

This is the worst myth off them all.

We all know the song: “He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows when you’ve been bad or good – so be good for goodness sake.” In other words, Santa is a behaviour management strategy. And he’s the ace up your sleeve when the kids are climbing the curtains.

We can essentially rename Santa “Religion here. Because everything good from the hand of Santa comes as a direct result of what you have done. If you’re a good person – you’ll get whatever you want. Get your wish list in. Start working. Start ticking the boxes.

Oh, how many people get this so wrong about God.

Quite the opposite. Jesus came to remove the rug of religion out from under us. He came to tell us that none of us will make God’s good list on our own – because “only God is good” (Mark 10:18), and all of us who are not God will never measure up to that standard – “no not one” (Romans 3:10-12). But here’s the awesome reality:

Jesus came not to condemn but to save (John 3:17).

When that hits you, and I pray it does, you will never be the same. That “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). That’s incredible. Jesus knows how far short we fall of God’s standard. But he doesn’t leave us in our deserved plight. Jesus stoops down to speak and to save, when in his perfect justice he could have chosen to smite.

Don’t make God look like Santa. Because all the boxes are ticked in Jesus. And so everything good from the hand of God comes as a direct result of the work of Jesus.

What a King! What a Saviour!

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THE NITTY GRITTY

“If being Jesus focused is a killjoy for your Christmas, you don’t know Jesus” – John Piper

Want to finish with a final word.

There’s probably some who are a little bemused with me right now. I mean really. We’re doing it for the kids – Santa is just a bit of fun! Understand this: I’m not here to tell you what to do. And I have no intentions of being a killjoy. I would just ask one thing of you:

Let the kids get excited about what is really great.

When your little boy comes running up to you, grinning ear to ear, and asking if Santa is still at the North Pole. Go ahead – tell him Santa is basking in the air conditioning out there. But in that same moment of excitement, don’t fail to fill him with the joy of knowing that God has drawn near. And he’s here to stay.

When your little girl comes leaping and bounding up to you, asking if she has been good enough for Santa this year. Go ahead – tell her that Santa has a couple of presents on the way. But don’t forget to tell her that God extends to us the greatest possible gift to those of us who are completely undeserving.

When you are in the car on the way to a pageant, and your children are bursting with excitement to get a high-five from Santa. Go ahead – tell them those untouched white gloved hands may touch theirs. But don’t forget to tell them that God’s hands are bloodied and splintered in the passionate pursuit of purchasing our highest good.

Namely, himself.

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63 thoughts on “Santa on Trial

  1. TheWayChristianDiscipleship December 17, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    Why not just tell the children the complete truth about this commercial and pagan based celebration and free them from the lie? We can’t send mixed messages to our children. We are circumcised from sin and death only in Christ, the living Word of God, so shouldn’t we prep our children for the Christian experience, instead of letting them hang on to that which causes confusion? Jesus says in John 8:32 ” now you know the truth, and the truth shall set you free”. Think about it, why do you suppose the human act of circumcision is perform when a human being is an infant? It is because a child will deal with the pain better and they won’t remember the pain long. It is much the same with matters of the Spirit, the sooner we are exposed to the truth, and turn away, the better of we are. ‘We cannot serve two masters’ (Matthew 6:24) and we cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too (1 Cor, 10:21). If we know that the whole Santa Claus thing is a lie, and we know that Satan is the Father of lie, then why would we encourage, or say that it is OK for a child to believe in lies? There is no such thing as a little white, but their is such a thing called sin and anyone who knows what is right and does not do it, for him it is sin (James 4:17). I pray that you receive this message as a Brotherly correction in the Lord.

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    • Jonathan Camac December 17, 2017 / 7:27 pm

      G’day mate! Appreciate your thoughtful response to this. Whilst I’m not a huge fan of Santa myself, I think it is a stretch to say that we are encouraging the devil and serving two masters if people are simply telling the story of Santa. If it was entirely up to me, Santa wouldn’t be around for too long. And it’s definitely a tragic thing if kids only know about Santa and know nothing of Jesus at Christmas time. But I think like many other things in life, there’s a way here that we can use the world’s hold on Santa – and all the stuff associated to him around Christmas – in order to point them back to the awesome message of Jesus. My main problem with Santa is not Santa himself, but the way people fail to see God for who he really is as a result 🙂 thanks for your time!

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      • TheWayChristianDiscipleship December 17, 2017 / 9:25 pm

        God does not need Santa, or anything or anyone else to shine the light of righteousness that comes through Christ (only). It is preposterous to assume that any other message, aside from the testimony of Jesus Christ is needed, as if God needs our help. The only message that we are obligated to share is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and anyone who teaches , preaches or shares any other message is promoting sin. Jesus said ” I am the way, the truth, and the life and no one can come to the Father except for through me. John 14:6 Jesus Christ is the Word of God that became flesh, and we can only be saved through Him (the Word of God). Where in the Bible do you recall anyone that served God using fables or myths to attract would be Believers to God? It is our duty to defend and contend for the Gospel. We are to teach, correct and rebuke anyone that leads men away from the truth of the Gospel. I am defending the Gospel and the souls of those that may be affected by teachings that could lead them into sin and i am doing so using scriptural references, not my feelings or personal beliefs.

        I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse! Galatians 1:6-9

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      • Jonathan Camac December 18, 2017 / 7:41 am

        I appreciate the way you are looking to scripture to shape and solidify your views and actions. More of us would do well to do this more often! However, I think it’s important we make a few important distinctions. Lots to comment on there.

        I fully agree with you. We are only obligated, burdened, and deposited with the joy of sharing one story – the good news of Jesus Christ. And hear me straight. In no way am I saying that stories like that of Santa are necessary to be taught to kids as a replacement of that gospel. Freaking heck-to-the-no. I hear you. I agree with you. We have one message – the Word of God.

        Here’s just my thoughts.

        At the end of the day, Santa is a made up story. And that’s where he should stay. If we were to condemn all stories that were not true, there would be no such thing as “picture books”, “libraries” or “imagination”. Again, if it was entirely up to me, the Santa story would find no place in Christmas whatsoever. But Santa only really becomes dangerous and a distraction when he is elevated out of (or extended within) the realm of fake, and used as a means to doing Christmas without regard to God, or as a way of distorting how we actually see God.

        We have a burden as Christians, and it is that all would see God for who he really is – namely, in the face of Jesus Christ. And as you would have seen in this post, I’m not big on how many have ascribed the same characteristics of an insipid and highly fake Santa, to our very real and present and awesome God.

        Thanks for your time once again dude! 🙂

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  2. claire December 17, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    Excellent post! I particularly liked the part, “Let the kids get excited about what is really great.” Personally, I always told my kids the truth about Santa (why would I lie to them). There are some nice stories about Santa related men which it’s good to share. Then there’s the other side, about the Sharman and magic mushrooms etc. from which other parts of the Santa tradition came. It’s harmless as long as kids know it’s just a story. If I lied about that how do they know I’m not lying about the real Christmas story. I cannot see why any Christian would lie about Santa to their kids – we owe them honesty.

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    • Jonathan Camac December 17, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      Hey Claire, appreciate your feedback. I was much the same growing up. My parents never taught me to believe in Santa. I think you’ve got it right – it is essentially harmless if the kids know it’s a story. Because their imaginations will run wild no matter what the topic anyway. But like I said and you pointed out – it’s so important that we are making space to let the kids get excited about what is really great!

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  3. SRJ December 17, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    Great post! I enjoyed reading this and will share with others.

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  4. gwennonr December 17, 2017 / 11:53 pm

    This was an amazing post, and so very timely. In a minute, I plan to reblog it.

    When my own children were very young, my husband and I told them the true story of St. Nicholas, whom people loved because he loved Jesus so well, and spurred by this love, loved the people around him very well.

    Since Santa is pretty much inescapable these days, why not use him to point people back to Jesus?

    I always enjoy your posts. Another excellent work! Thank you so much for writing it.

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    • Jonathan Camac December 18, 2017 / 6:36 am

      Spot on Gwennor! Sounds like you went about things in a pretty good way. Thanks heaps for your time here once again!!

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  5. gwennonr December 17, 2017 / 11:56 pm

    Reblogged this on Special Creation Woman and commented:
    While Santa is everywhere, we need to remember our real reason for Christmas: Jesus, prepared to give all to save us from our sins. I hope you will enjoy Mr. Camac’s article as I much as I have. Please be sure to thank him for his excellent writing. Also, Merry Christmas!

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  6. patriciagreeninc December 18, 2017 / 3:51 am

    Reading this through, I relate just a little bit.. because here in Kenya or most parts of Africa that I know, Identify Christmas celebration as a time for the birth of Christ. You can go anywhere and mention Santa and kids would look at you hysterically thinking what in the world is this person speaking of. We’ve never been taught of any Santa, only films and cartoons show us that but we were taught of the birth of Christ even though He wasn’t really born in December. We were taught that that was the celebration we need to rejoice about. But In deed one thing still stands, that when the day of judgement comes, no one will say they never heard or knew Him (Jesus). I’m happy you posted this.

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    • Jonathan Camac December 18, 2017 / 10:41 am

      Time to go to Kenya I reckon 😉 Interesting how other cultures take on the same holiday in different ways. Love your concluding comment there. Keith Green once famously said that “all roads lead to the judgement seat of Christ.” Awesome thought! Thanks for sharing!

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      • patriciagreeninc December 18, 2017 / 11:01 am

        Ahaha you should come! it’s very interesting how cultures take more so Christmas. I’ve been challenged to search more on this holiday in many ways. And I’m glad you gave some closure on westerners version. Great read! Thank you too.

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  7. Diane Adams December 18, 2017 / 2:10 pm

    Truth is, historically speaking, Christmas is conjured from the early Christian Church need to overshadow and envelope all of the pagan celebrations going on at the end of the harvest year. You see, the early Christians never thought about what warping the birth of Christ would do to their own holiday in the future.They were very focused on overtaking the other religions of their time.

    The clues given in scripture concerning the birth of Jesus places his birth at another time of year altogether. Unfortunately, centuries of tradition have now taken hold. This holiday can no more be moved than you can remove Santa Claus from it.

    And ironically, another religion has come along and is overshadowing the Christian tradition, trying to take it over. That new religion is called commercialism.

    And also, I chuckle when people want to get angry with Santa Claus and portray this character as the enemy. Why? Because he’s the amalgamation of an actual legendary Christian Monk and all of the myth surrounding him and Father Christmas {just a little search here as I don’t have a lot of time this morning: The modern Santa Claus grew out of traditions surrounding the historical Saint Nicholas (a bishop and gift-giver of Myra), the British figure of Father Christmas and the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas (himself also based on Saint Nicholas). Some maintain Santa Claus also absorbed elements of the Germanic god Wodan, who was associated with the pagan midwinter event of Yule and led the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession through the sky.} — Which means he for the most part comes from Christian history mixed with myth. If there is anything pagan at all about him – it is because the early church bishops wanted to try and remove the pagan components (Woden/Odin) and over-write them with the Christian components (Saint Nicholas).

    So, it seems devout Christians are having to deal with a monster of their religion’s own making here. Some of the commenters wanted to lay blame elsewhere. That would be incorrect.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Winter Solstice, and Prosperous Yule to you all!

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    • Jonathan Camac December 28, 2017 / 5:13 am

      As I said to another person in the comments here, my main problem here isn’t so much with Santa in-and-of-himself. Made-up stories are common all over society. He is no real outlier. But here’s my issue: Santa becomes dangerous and a distraction when he is elevated out of (or extended within) the realm of fake, and used as a means to doing Christmas without regard to God, or as a way of distorting how we actually see God.

      It comes as no surprise to me that we as a people (the world) have distorted something good (Saint Nick) and have turned him into something he isn’t (Santa). And that we have made somebody apparently so down-to-earth, and have twisted him into something resembling the figurehead of commercialism. I’m not surprised at all.

      It’s just unfortunate that the new face of commercialism in Santa Claus, should in many cases block the horizon exploding with the iridescent glory of Christmas – namely, in the face and the hope and joy of Jesus Christ.

      Also, I’m an Australian. So your Winter Solace is my longest and hottest day of the year. But if it is any consolation for all of you in the dark and cold, I celebrated my winter solace on the beach, watching the sunset go down at a 8:30pm 😉

      Thanks heaps for your time Diane! Hope you had an epic Christmas! 🙂

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  8. Heather Davis December 18, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    Great stuff, Jonathan. I am not a personal fan of the man in the red suit, either, and he’s never showed up in our celebrations. The longer I walk with the Lord, the more I think the average way of celebrating Christmas is pretty crazily skewed. It’s the only “birthday” celebration I’m aware of where we usually give gifts to other people and not to the One whom we are supposed to be celebrating!

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    • Jonathan Camac December 20, 2017 / 8:50 am

      So true Heather!! Perhaps, even, Christmas is the only day when the birthday boy is NOT the one who receives the gifts, but who came to seek and save – to give those of us who are totally undeserving the Kingdom of God!!

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  9. believe4147 December 18, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    I enjoyed your post. I truly had never thought of it all in that context. John Piper’s quote is so true. There is no real joy in Christmas without Christ. The world doesn’t know what it is missing. Hopefully Christ in us opens their eyes.

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    • Jonathan Camac December 20, 2017 / 8:54 am

      Well stated! Directing people to Christ is the great navigating of people towards full and everlasting joy – namely, in Jesus himself. Thanks for your time and thoughts!

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  10. Mona Sabah Earnest December 18, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    HOW MUCH DO I LOVE THIS??? This is the second year we have done Christmas without a Tree also. Taking the world’s paraphernalia out and replacing it with ONLY JESUS is ruffling some feathers among my friends, but we have been more relaxed and at peace… amazing what happens when you focus on the Prince of PEACE, Christ Jesus!

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  11. Mona Sabah Earnest December 18, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    Reblogged this on Mona Sabah Earnest – Former Muslim and commented:
    Wanted to share this Blog with friends. Personally, this is the second year we have done Christmas without a Tree also. Taking the world’s paraphernalia out and replacing it with ONLY JESUS is ruffling some feathers among my friends, but we have been more relaxed and at peace… amazing what happens when you focus on the Prince of PEACE, Christ Jesus!

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  12. My Way Home Life December 20, 2017 / 3:08 am

    Very well said, Jonathan. It has always bothered me that certain Christian friends of mine see no problem emphasizing Santa right alongside Jesus during the Christmas season. From the time our kids were tiny, we’ve taught them about Christmas as the beginning of Jesus’ life on earth–Santa was not in Bethlehem that night!

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  13. ForCommonGround December 20, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    This is well written. Thanks for taking down the mythology! I think this battle over ‘cultural Christmas’ and ‘Christ in Christmas’ is so prevalent because of the days history. It started as a pagan celebration for hundreds of years before Jesus was ever born and flourished after the Roman Empire married Christianity to Paganism to unify the empire. It’s been a fight for some Christians to try to make Jesus the focus ever since. The Catholic church added another complication when they sought to honor jolly old St. Nicholas. Are we surprised that a lot of the world celebrates Christmas (most of which are not even Christians)? I love Jesus! I am so beyond grateful for Him coming to Earth as baby. But why are Christians trying so hard to make a secular (or pagan even) day something about Jesus? It’s well documented history that shows the truth about the day. The protestant reformation banned Christmas because they knew where it came from. Same with the Puritans who came to America. Let the world have their day in all it’s materialism and mythology. Besides, we honor Jesus 365 days a year. Keep up the stand for Jesus! God bless and thank you.

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    • Jonathan Camac December 21, 2017 / 7:32 pm

      Well said mate! You are spot on. We should not be surprised there is contention over Christmas due to the history of the day. But if history shows anything, it is that wherever Christ is – there will be strong opposition. And we are here as the salt and the light of the world to help them taste and see that the LORD is good! Bless ya mate!

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  14. Puzzles of the Soul December 24, 2017 / 6:49 am

    Hi Jonathon, Absolutely true. So much is done to create illusions and delusions to take us away from the truth. Our own truth of knowing God. So many try to replace God with what is evil and we know evil is subtle in their ways or create some other form of following to distract the good people from God’s truth and words. Life isn’t always pleasant and most of that is out own doing or tests to strengthen us, for we have to be strong for the changes which are coming.

    From being a young child I have never liked Santa purely because it was some man dressed in a suit and often they made me feel like they were creepy.

    It try to focus on the essence all the time but more so at Christmas and New Year.

    Bless you and your family have a Happy Christmas and many blessings and miracles in 2018.

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    • Jonathan Camac December 28, 2017 / 4:56 am

      Well said Puzzles of the Soul! So many distractions can stand in the way of and/or distort the truth. We never outgrow our need for the gospel. Thanks heaps for your thoughtful comment and time here – all the best for the new year! Bring on 2018! 🙂

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  15. gpavants December 26, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    Hi Jonathan,

    Bulls-eye. Our prayer is that we can help share the real gift if Jesus in season and our is season. I pray that this message seed is planted in deceptive hearts.

    In Christ,

    Gary

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    • Jonathan Camac December 28, 2017 / 1:03 am

      Well said gpavants! How often we need to be praying that prayer. As Samuel once said to Israel, “Don’t stop pleading with the LORD our God to save us…” (1 Samuel 7:8). Bless you Gary!

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  16. Sarah Lea Stories December 28, 2017 / 11:25 pm

    Jesus gave us all a gift we could never hope to deserve.

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  17. Christina December 30, 2017 / 4:41 pm

    Many believers in Jesus have issues with Christmas celebrations & all that goes with it, including Santa. The basic complaint seems to be that Christ is left out of Christmas. While the use of the shortened ‘Xmas’ steams me – it REALLY does – I can’t get worked up about much else. The reason for this is that I am not aware of any place in the Scriptures where we are instructed or enjoined to make a religious deal out of Jesus’ birth. In fact, I suspect God took some pains to prevent that, because the ones who brought gifts, the Magi, didn’t arrive on the scene at Jesus actual birth. They visited the boy in the house, not a babe in a manger.

    Also, we are told in Colossians not to let anyone fault us because we do or do not practice this or that ‘religious’ tradition or holy day etc.

    By pointing out that I don’t believe God initiated Christmas, or even wanted it! I’m not saying I think Christmas should be scratched. I’m saying that I don’t see a basis for faulting how it is celebrated, on the whole. For tearing it apart, or down. Rather, as was mentioned here, it can afford opportunity to show Him.

    And – this is just my opinion – but I think people, whether they know Jesus or not, whether they realize it or not, are responding to His call & His presence at some point during Christmas festivities. I think He touches hearts. Ultimately, He shines through.

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    • Jonathan Camac January 10, 2018 / 11:37 am

      Hey Christina! Some great points there! Totally get where you are coming from. I think I’m with you too. I’ve got no real primary problems with the world celebrating random stuff like Santa. For me – things start crossing the line when our image of God, that which is made crystal clear to us in Jesus Christ, is distorted and people begin to see God as looking something a heck of a lot like Santa. That’s where my post is coming from 🙂 thanks for your time and contributions!

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      • Christina January 17, 2018 / 4:40 am

        Yes, Jonathan, it is so very pivotal, to see Jesus, right? That Scripture (in Hebrews, I think?) that speaks of looking unto Jesus, the Author & Finisher of our faith…the Greek word translated into ‘looking unto’ means ‘to look away from one thing in order to more clearly see another’. (Strong’s Concordance) I really love that Scripture…so much attempts to distort/prevent our knowledge & vision of Him…but it all comes back to Jesus, every time, for us & ‘whosoever will’…

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  18. Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus December 31, 2017 / 12:00 am

    Yes Jonathan it’s what is in our Heart that is important to God not what others do or say but we need to know if it is according to His Will and not just a Worldly focus.

    Some say the word freaking is a swear word or at best a foolish word and it upsets them when used by Christians. The word was first used to replace the F word but do we need to say it, why not use another Word to express our feelings that does not upset some people. Freaking is also used by the Hindu’s but it’s still our choice if we use it and God knows what it is in reference to when it is used but are we giving a warning to help others or wasting our time because if the words we use upsets them they will not listen to what we share no matter how needed it is?

    In reference Jonathan to Santa and Christmas Symbols, I will leave a Link below but to condense here we need to know that what we do pleases God and does not Mock Him and this needs to be explained not just taken for granted or accepted, we need to know God’s Truth not what worldly Man propagates or Christians who are deceived and call evil what God calls good.

    Christmas Symbols – https://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2016/12/23/the-beauty-of-christmas-symbols/

    “Christ”mas Love and Blessings,

    Anne ( Grannie Annie)

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    • Jonathan Camac January 10, 2018 / 11:33 am

      Thanks Anne! Some great thoughts there. Definitely not my intention to be replacing swear words or reinventing them here – but I hear your point. I’ll try to be a little more careful in future 🙂 Thanks again for your time Anne!

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