Posts Tagged ‘Santa Claus’


Believing that Santa is watching their every move and judging their actions to see if they deserve gifts may be an effective way of getting children to behave during the holiday season, but what message is this sending?Is Santa like God? Only God knows these things, and that is what we need to be teaching our children.

Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Deuteronomy 6:4-6 Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.

Isaiah 54:13 All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.

Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus Be Praised!


A Christian parent must thoughtfully consider that Scripture is full of commands against deceiving others. Persistently proclaiming the existence of a man in a sleigh with flying reindeer as fact can only lead to deceit.

Exodus 20:16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Psalm 101:7 He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, laying aside Falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.

1 Peter 2:1-3 Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, 2 Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, 3 If you have tasted the kindness of the Lord

Please understand that I am not saying there is no place for imagination, but the level of emphasis on Santa appears to cross the line. The active teaching of Santa as a real person who performs real miracles to reward children for acting a certain way, in full knowledge that he is a myth, can only be described as deceit.We all overheard parents using gifts from Santa to manipulate their children into behaving in a way that pleases the parent at the time. Such manipulation is entirely unbiblical. As Christians, we should discipline our children for sinful behavior because it is an offense against God, not because it is inconvenient or embarrassing for us. Using gifts from a fictitious figure can only serve to promote a form of moralism that is alien to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If our actions are done to earn rewards for ourselves, are we not acting selfishly? This is not an attitude we should seek to instill in our children.

Matthew 10:32-33 Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

How can we take Jesus who we call on all year for prayer and kick Him to the curb on the very day we honor His birth and lie to our children when he charges us to teach our children about Him from a young age?

Jesus Be Praised!