Coincidence? I think not!
Coincidence? I think not!
Before getting into the crux of the matter – Let’s celebrate Jesus! Are you with me? Christmas is my favorite season of festivities. The message of Jesus coming to this earth in the form of a man – whooooaaaa – “Oh how He loves you and me!” Can you imagine, volunteering to leave the BEST place ever to come into an environment filled with… all kinds of smut and wickedness – to say the least? By the plan and grace of God – there is obvious beauty and wonder in this life, it’s a Wonderful Life, especially living in relationship and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. You and I are the ultimate Beauty – People – His crown jewel! Hallelujah! That’s why we want to Celebrate our God, coming in this world- placing His life in the hands of Mary (Miriam) and Joseph (Yosef). This jives so cool, a teenage Mom and a step-Dad! There is so much wisdom in this, but that will take a book to illuminate. Anyway, Jesus becoming vulnerable as the Lamb and sacrificing His life so, we can reunite with our Heavenly Father. Hallelujah! This is some super-duper trooper Good News!
Now, I can hear those thoughts and freedom of expressions, that do not want to hear this. Who wants to hear news that prick our hearts, thoughts and decisions? Well, I do not apologize for bringing the Truth in Power, by the grace of God. Looking at Santa, move the “n” to the end – and there plain as day, plain as the nose on our faces – we see the word Satan. Coincidence? I think not! This illustrates the strategic prowess of the devil. We gotta get a clue. Consider the popularity and power Santa has over our emotions and finances. Do the research to see the creation and transformation to the image of jolly old St. Nick, Santa Claus. Let me drop a few nuggets on you and we will call it a blog.
Oh, before the nuggets, let me share this with you. I believe it was after the last Christmas season, a Pastor was sharing with the congregation and on national television, how he had his daughter following Santa around the world – you know, on the world wide web. Now you might be saying “bah humbug,” listen…come close, you want to hear this – the devil is not playing with you. The devil wants to take your soul. And if he can get you locked in the feel-good zone, “if it feels good do it;” or, like many buy into the “it don’t take all that” belief – well, in the words of Andrew Wommack, “the devil will eat your lunch and pop the bag.”
Back to that Pastor following Santa. Now you know this shouts “Wrong” to the -enth degree. First of all, because Santa proves as fake news, messing with the minds of children for over centuries and we witness how lying rolls off our tongues and demonstrated through our many choices. Lying. Now, when we lie to our children and when they understand that they are being lied to – depending on their thinking brain, most of the time – they begin to put “trusting people” holding their foot on the brakes. This type of stuff flags their trust factor. For if you lie about Santa, parents what else have you been lying about? Then, you wonder what happened to that sweet child when s/he hits their teen years and/or goes into this world as a young adult. Parents, - do not lie to your children. I have children and want them to know the truth. From young I told them Santa is make believe, pretend, and used for fun – like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. That did not stop my children from enjoying Christmas and they like most of the songs, songs about Jesus and those about Santa Claus coming to town. Then, some of these Christmas songs are awful, the blue Christmas promoting sadness and depression. And, Christmas songs … “you can do the job when you’re in town” – that’s about some type of adulterous affair. Please folks… listen to the words, the lyrics – what messages are being communicated through moving, rhythmic tunes and catchy beats. Okay, I do not want to go off anymore with that - I digress. Parents, God will help you communicate correctly to your children, if you ask Him.
Case in point, in this morning’s news – did you hear about Jeremy? Featured on Tik Tok, a letter to Santa from Jeremy shows on the screen - written in 2017. Well, from the handwriting it looked like Jeremy was in either the second or third grade – and, he asked Santa for two gifts. After Christmas, Jeremy writes Santa again, disappointed that he received one of the two gifts, but he gave Santa a second chance, and noted it as a “mistake.” Then, Jeremy states that Santa has “a week to fix” the mistake. Now, the parent or guardian has to be intercepting the letters, for there was a response letter signed “Santa” telling Jeremy that the two gifts were expensive and telling him to be grateful – and if not, he goes on the naughty list. Jeremy sends the next letter, instead of addressing it to Santa, he calls him “Fatty” and Jeremy told pseudo Santa that nothing can be too expensive for him (Santa) because he has elf slaves and having slaves makes him (Santa) naughty. Now, where in “heav-earth” did Jeremy get these ideas from? Hmm, the lies. Fake Santa replies to Jeremy that his parents were contacted, and he will be punished. Jeremy replies to this pretending Santa, that he would “kill him” (Santa). You can see how Jeremy went from the sweet believing child to heaving terroristic threats - children do not play when it comes to their toys. Where does the fault lie? God forbid if Jeremy discovered he had been communicating with his parent(s)… and how would he respond? Would he put his parents on the choppin’ block?
Is the name Santa having one letter transposed giving us Satan coincidental? I think not! As a matter of fact, I believe it’s a brazen move by the devil. And, I pray these words stomp on his head (stomp your foot 2 times) and magnify the Lord Jesus (throw your hands in air - wave them because you care). Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Without Jesus the Christ, there is no Christmas. When considering this matter, I want to ensure we celebrate Jesus and magnify Him. “For our God is bigger, better, stronger, greater” – I love that song and my personal anthem rings in this chorus - “O come let us adore Him.” Amen. People stop with the lies, you will have greater relationships with your children, friends and family when Truth is King. Oh yeah, King Jesus, none stronger. People let us make sure Jesus receives the Lion share of our time and celebrations. Let’s continue to pray without ceasing. There has been so many bizarre happenings, down-right wickedness – and we can make a significant difference by simply telling the Truth!