CHARGE #4 Child Abuse
For the Children
Some will undoubtedly be shocked and horrified to find “child abuse” leveled as a charge against Santa Claus. But as has been stated previously, we’re dealing in spiritual matters, so the alleged “abuse” will pertain to that aspect as well. The charge is of a mental, psychological and spiritual nature. Regardless, many will be arguing that Santa is “just clean fun”. Yes, he can be “just clean fun” to a point, but society has taken his persona way, way beyond that. After all, if you ask any adult why they persist in the Santa tradition, normally they’ll all answer the same thing; “It’s for the children.” Yet, as you’ll soon discover, this is precisely why it shouldn’t be done.
To begin with, it’s bad enough that Santa has never brought a single present, to a single child, anywhere in the world at any time. He can’t. He doesn’t exist. Yet children are being willfully mislead by their parents, grandparents and society to believe otherwise. It’s a corporately backed lie. The Bible says; “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil…” (Ex. 23:2). But this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the ramifications of foisting the Santa lie upon children.
The fact is, one reason society loves Santa Claus so much is precisely because he crosses religious boundaries (the Antichrist will do the same thing – Rev. 12:9). Santa can be embraced by everyone because he’s not a religious figure. At least not on the surface. But he has nearly become one. He’s a secular, news media god, and a God-like being in the eyes of children that “believe in him”. Those are religious overtones. Note what the Lord Jesus Christ said to Thomas about himself;
“Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” John 20:29
Society says the same thing about Santa Claus; “Blessed are they that have not seen Santa, and yet have believed.” Don’t believe me? Keep reading.
Yes, Virginia, You’ve Been Lied To
One of the most outstanding examples of how society has taken the Santa myth too far (as far as children are concerned), is seen in a newspaper editorial written over a century ago. On September 21, 1897, Francis P. Church, an editorial writer for the New York Sun, responded to a question written by an 8-year-old regarding the reality of Santa Claus. The little girl wrote; “Please tell me the truth; Is there a Santa Claus?” Church’s response became legendary, and to this day, remains a classic in defending the spirit behind the Santa legend. In a nutshell Church wrote:
“Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They do not believe [in Santa Claus] except they see. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion…if there were no Santa Claus…There would be no childlike faith…Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Only faith…can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? … No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he [Santa Claus] will continue…” (Paraphrased from the original)1
This is some of the most heretical stuff ever penned about a subject which everyone knows to be a lie. The religious overtones in this piece are monstrous; belief in the unseen, love and devotion, childlike faith, heavenly beauty and glory, thanking God, eternal life (“he lives forever”). Pure blasphemy from top to bottom. No one can accuse this series of “taking the Santa thing too seriously” after reading that. Church takes the cake, and society has jumped on the bandwagon with him. The man was not writing an editorial, he was preaching a sermon. A sermon about believing in a false deity named “Santa Claus”. As if childlike faith in anything, be it a lie or otherwise, makes life worth wild. No, only faith in the Lord Jesus Christ makes life worth wild. Putting faith in Santa Claus is a misplaced faith.
Church has elevated the ideals of Santa Claus to God-like proportions. Santa is a lie, and 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon was lied to by a grown man who should’ve known better. A simple, “wait until you’re older”, would have been a better answer than writing this spiritualized high-sounding nonsense. This amounts to spiritual child abuse, for faith in Santa will get a child nothing and gets them nowhere. It’s all just fun and games for adult amusement. The child gets the short end of the stick.
Yes, Virginia, you’ve been lied to. Kick out Santa Claus and Mr. Church’s advice, and only put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Only he can bring fulfillment to your childlike faith “ten times ten thousand years from now”. Santa can bring you nothing, not even a Christmas present.
Folks need to realize that this expose’ has nothing to do with wanting to spoil a child’s Christmas or to ruin someone’s good time. It has to do with where you place your allegiance. Do you stand with scripture or tradition? When push comes to shove, and scripture and tradition clash head-on, what will you do when you discover that tradition has overstepped its bounds? If a child asks you, “Please tell me the truth; Is there a Santa Claus?”, what will you say? To help cover the lie, will you wax eloquent on Santa representing childlike faith, or will you simply tell the truth?
“I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.” 1John 2:21
To be continued in THE TRIAL OF SANTA CLAUS: PART 8…
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