Santa Claus! We hear a lot about him this time of the year. We see images of him. We see him in stores. We see him meeting with children at the mall. We see him on TV, and we hear songs about him on the radio. We see him on our neighbour’s front lawn as a decoration. There are even parades in his honour. As we decorate our houses and as we prepare to celebrate Christmas with our families, we should take a moment to answer this question: “How should Christians think about Santa Claus?”
First, let’s take a look at Santa Claus. Have you ever noticed how God-like Santa is? Santa can be everywhere at the same time, like God. Santa seems to be all powerful (flying, going down chimneys, etc), like God. Santa never grows old and he seems to be eternal, like God. Santa is the judge and determines who has been good or bad, like God. Santa knows everything (he knows if you have been bad or good), like God. Parents are even telling their children to obey because they have to be good for Santa to bring them toys, instead of telling their children to obey because of God (Ephesians 6:1). Kids and adults are also told that their gifts come from Santa, but the Bible says that every good gift comes from God (James 1:17). I could go on and on! As Christians, we know that there is only one God. Isaiah 45:5 says “I am the Lord, and there is no other”.
Next, let’s look at Philippians 4:8. This verse shows us how to think in a way that is pleasing to God. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”Let’s take a look at this list. Writing to the Philippians, Paul starts this list by saying that our thinking should be on things that are true. Is Santa Claus true? Next, Paul talks about thinking about things that are honorable. Is our focus on Santa honorable to God? Having looked at how God-like Santa seems to be, are our thoughts about Santa Claus pure, right and lovely to God? Would God agree that our thinking about Santa is commendable and excellent? Is Santa Claus worthy of praise?
Evaluate yourself and examine how you incorporate Santa Claus into your family’s celebration of Christmas and how you present him to your children. Are you honoring God and giving Him glory? Or, are you giving the honour, the glory and the praise that God deserves to another? How should Christians think about Santa Claus? Look to Philippians 4:8 for the answer.