Should We Rethink Santa?
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10
I love everything about Christmas: the traditions, the cheerfulness, the gathering of families, the wintry weather, and the celebration of our Lord and Savior’s birth. And with Christmas quickly approaching, the music tends to be on repeat everywhere I go. One thing I have noticed is how prevalent Santa is during this season—I mean, obviously, it’s Christmas. But the songs that are being sung about him and the ideas people have in their minds about this St. Nicholas character have almost replaced the deity of Jesus.
“He sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake. He knows when you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!” These famous words are being played in malls and in homes all across the world. These words imply that Santa, who was fully man, has the ability of God to know where you are, what you’re doing, your name, and if you’ve been good or not this year. They place the emphasis on Santa instead of the One who is the true deity…the Son of God who came to save sinners from themselves.
The tradition of Santa has taught for generations this sense of “good” and “bad”, although the Bible teaches directly opposite of this: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside… no one does good, not even one” (Romans 3:10, 12). We simply do not have it in us to be good. We are sinners from birth—filthy and wicked, in desperate need of saving…and Santa could never do such a thing.
Christians, the question we need to be asking ourselves is should we rethink Santa? Is this worldly tradition blinding us and our families from the true meaning of Christmas? A better question to ask would be why would we give ourselves and our children Santa Claus when we can have the incarnation of the Son of God?
Santa only offers earthly possessions, while Jesus offers eternal joy. Santa is only make-believe, while Christ is more real than the sun that shines. Santa can’t save us from our eternal damnation, but God sent His Son to do exactly that—and He had it planned before the beginning of time (Isaiah 9:6). Whom do you want to serve this Christmas?
Father, thank You for the gift of Your precious Son. Forgive me for putting my focus on ungodly and worldly things, not only this Christmas, but the whole year. Keep my eyes focused on Your Son and what You have done for sinners like me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Have you been serving Santa this Christmas instead of our Heavenly Father? Pray and ask God to help keep your eyes focused on Christ’s incarnation. God became man on your behalf that you might be saved from eternal damnation. Now that’s something to rejoice about! Reflect on Luke 19.10.
Raegan Thornhill is wife to an amazing man of God and mom to her baby boy, Weston. She is the Co-Founder, content manager, and writer at Whole Magazine. She believes cheesecake, snow, a cup of hot coffee, and an episode of Breaking Bad can fix any dreadful day. Her mission in life is to show women of all ages how they can be whole again through the Gospel of Christ. She longs for her writings to be a testament of the mercy and grace God has shown her. You can follow more of Raegan on her blog, Delighted In Him.