I’m going to do a slightly different post today, because yesterday was Christmas,
and I didn’t really want to post then.
But I want to cover something today, instead. I want to bring an interesting point to you. Who wants to really give on Christmas? It’s all about “what am I gonna get? What is my friend gonna get me? What about me?” Me, my, I, myself, etc. And so, to please us, we came up with “Wish Lists”. We wrote down 20 things that we wanted, and then, knowing the parents wouldn’t buy them, we came up with Santa Claus.
Santa is what I want to talk about. He’s been turned into a god. Notice what 2 Timothy 4:3-4 says: “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” We’ve created, first of all, what we want to hear, and two, a myth. Is there anything wrong with that? Yes. Because people believe myths, and they believe what they want to hear,
until they know no other thing.
So, what’s so dangerous about Santa? He’s a god, in a sense. In the song
“Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”, they say “he knows when you are
sleeping; he knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been
bad or good so be good for goodness sake”. He can see you, when he’s
not there. He knows what everyone wants, and when to go. He’s a god; he can see all, know all. He is their god. In a
scene from the movie Small Town Santa, he says something to the
effect of: “Your teacher may not have seen it, but I did.” So again, he’s
seeing everything. He’s monitoring
everyone at the same time. Exactly what God does. Not only that,
but he also knows if we’ve been naughty or nice, which means that
he can probably read our thoughts, which God can do too.
So the issue? I think I’ve just addressed the issue. Santa Claus is a god. So,
what are we supposed to do? Anyone reading this blog should know
that Santa isn’t real. So, the point of this blog post isn’t to be
“HEY! SANTA AIN’T REAL!”
It’s supposed to encourage you to detect the everyday falsehoods
that the world is secretly entering into our everyday thinking.
The world is making a god out of a generous man. Saint Nicholas
was giving to a needy neighbor. So, we have changed it with our greed and
self-centered minds from needy, to greedy. We’ve turned it into not gifts to
Jesus, but gifts from Jesus. Jesus provided everything that was needed to
make the toys, clothes, and other gizmos that we get under the tree. And,
presents under the tree weren’t
enough. We had to get stockings! Hang them up on the fireplace so that
Santa could fill them with more goodies!
So, be aware of the snares of the world. Can you think of any more people that this world has made gods of? How about the newest rock star? I don’t know who that is, but I’m sure that one is here. How about the Easter Bunny? He magically lays chocolate eggs all over your backyard. What bunny lays eggs? But what items are gods, too? How about X-box? How about Wii, or TV, or Halo, or Assassins Creed? How about Nintendo? There’s a scene from Assassins Creed, talking about how so much false information has seeped into our brains. One of the man’s examples was how “there is a book that says the Bible was created in 7 days”. False! God made the world in 6 days, and rested on the 7th. What else is there? Computer games are probably a thing of the past. How about internet itself? How about email? Or texting? Or Facebook? Or Twitter? Or Instagram, or G+?
My point is, be aware of what the world is making gods out of. Because they will take everything they can to get our focus off Christ, and onto ourselves. Take Christmas as an example. Jesus was born for us. He was giving a gift. Now, we just want to receive all of the materialistic gifts; not the eternal gift that someone gave us long before anyone was receiving Christmas presents. No one received Christmas presents for a while, but then, our materialism got the best of us, and we had to have more! SO, we began finding ways to get more things for us. So, we came up with Santa, to deliver the billions of things we want each year. And each year they get bigger. Maybe your first or second Christmas it’s Hot Wheels, or other toys. Then the 3-year-old wants an iPhone, and then he wants the Kindle Fire, and then the Firephone, and they keep getting bigger. We want more, but we can’t want what we don’t know about.
“But after he had considered this, an angel of the LORD appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matt. 1: 20-21) What Wii or video game could be better than eternal life
with a man who came to save us from our sins?
Some things about God just don’t make sense. How He’s 100% man and 100% God, and how he can be 100% 3 different people at the same time (Father, Son, Holy Ghost). But the comedian Brad Stine pointed out something: The Bible says we were made in God’s image (Gen. 1:27). And then, the comedian went on to say that God is the Trinity, the three in one. But, since we are made in His image, man and wife become one, and their child makes three. The child completes the human trinity. Just another way we are made in God’s image.
So, just be careful what you turn into gods. It may not be evident, but it will happen.