Introducing new All4God contributor Ali McClure with a quick intro and then a Christmas reflection- I’m Ali McClure, been saved for around 15 years, recently married, from Northern Ireland and living in Nashville Tennessee. Studied Theology and French though am currently unemployed/homemaker, hoping to become a teacher. I love period dramas & books, music; singing and playing guitar, and I love Northern Ireland.
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The Santa Delusion
So I haven’t posted anything before, despite having joined months ago. But the suggestion to write something about Christmas – which over the last year has become a real issue for me has produced the urge. I guess what I really would like to challenge all Christians about is what we accept to do with Christmas, that is so far from its real meaning. I heard from a wise Christian lately that we shouldn’t ask what is wrong with something, rather what is right with it. And I think there are a lot of things about Christmas that may in themselves not be BAD – but are not things Christians should advertise. Obviously the materialism is one thing – when God came to give a free gift for all – and we spend the season shopping!
Then there is the problem of the Santa delusion. Many will disagree – but for me Santa and the things associated with this figure – are anti-Christ, not THE anti-Christ – but they are stripping God of his place in Christmas. Kids associate Santa with Christmas, how many things they can ask for and get when we should be encouraging to think of God’s gift already given, and using it as a thanksgiving. Then there is also the fact that Santa Claus is a figure in a mythical story (well the version of Santa we are all familiar with) – which people tell children is REAL!! Firstly this is lying – which is a sin. (I’m not claiming I never lie – but I try my best not to). Then secondly how can we expect children to believe us when we tell them that both Santa and God are people you don’t see – who give us things, are good, watch us when we do good or bad (sin), and then years down the line we tell them Santa was only a story – but what we said about God is real. The inconsistency to me is baffling.
Let’s put Christ back in Christmas – not by trying to compete and make the “Jesus part” bigger – but by getting rid of the distractions. Make it simple. You don’t have to go round telling every kid Santa isn’t real – but you can make the choice not to mention Santa, not to encourage the stories and to challenge family and friends. When “Jesus is the reason for the season” He shouldn’t have to compete.