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Diary Of A Message Dad (Is Santa Claus Real?)

Lord, take away the fiction of Santa Claus
and bring to them the real Christmas gift.”
The Great Shining Light‘ (57-1222

Millions of people around the world teach their children not to talk to strangers (or accept gifts from strangers), but the majority of them seem to make one exception; Santa Claus. They teach their children of a mysterious, chubby, jolly, old man dressed in red who will magically deliver toys around the world via his flying specie of ‘Rangifer tarandus’ (aka ‘caribou’, or ‘reindeer‘).

In our society parents live in fear of pedophiles & child predators, yet somehow millions of them will stand in line this holiday season at malls around the world so their children can sit on the lap of a total stranger to get their picture taken.

One has to ask; could someone ‘of that nature‘ think of a more convenient job to apply for?

A few lyrics to the old song go:

“He sees you when you’re sleeping,
He knows when you’re awake.

“O! You better watch out!”

“I’m telling you why;
Santa Claus is coming to town.

 

 St Nicholas 
from The Boyana Church in Bulgaria

Saint Nicholas was a fourth century bishop (known for giving to the poor) in what is now Turkey. He is known best as being the inspiration behind the fictitious character of Santa Claus.

So what should we tell our children about Santa Claus? As with any topic; we always want to point you to what the Message of the hour says about it:

(59-1219) Questions And Answers On The Holy Ghost (Jeffersonville, IN)
Q99. What about a Christmas play in a Holy Ghost church?
Well, if it’s about Christ, it might be all right. But if it’s about Santa Claus, I don’t believe in him. I–I done growed–I done growed away from that. I don’t believe in Santa Claus at all. See? And some of these little Christmas things they have, I think is ridiculous. And… But I think they’ve took all Christ out of Christmas and put Santa Claus in it.
And Santa Claus is a fiction story. (I’m not hurting any of your feelings, I hope, about the children.) But I’ll tell you. Here not long ago, about twenty-five, thirty years ago, when a minister here in this city, the pastor of–of a certain big church here in the city, that I knowed real well, a bosom friend of mine, he walked to me. And Charlie Bohanon (Brother Mike, you remember Charlie Bohanon, a good friend of mine.)… Set there in his office and said, “I’ll never tell my kids or have my grandchildren told that lie no more.” He said, “My own little boy walked up to me after he got about twelve years old, and talking about Santa Claus…” And he said, “Why… Honey, I’ve got something to tell you,” Said, “Mommy…” You know, and go ahead telling him what he did.
Then after he come back, said, “Then, daddy, is this Jesus the same thing?”
Tell the truth. Santa Claus is a Catholic getup about a fellow, a Kriss Kringle or Saint Nicholas, an old German Catholic saint of many years ago who went around doing good to children. And they’ve carried it down as a tradition. But Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He’s real, and He lives.
Now, here’s a question, the last one, which is a very…
Now look. You might disagree with me at that. But if you do disagree with me, remember, let it be friendly, will you? I love you, and I don’t want to–don’t want to hurt you. I’m just–I’m wanting to be honest. If I can’t–if I tell my boy a lie, then I’m a liar. See? I want to tell him the truth.
Now, I tell him about Santa Claus; I say, “Yeah, sure, there’s Santa Claus. Watch daddy on Christmas night.” See? Yeah.
You know, the other day I was down there, and I tried that on a little girl just to see. I sure got paid back day before yesterday. I was in the building. And they was standing there, down here at the Quaker Maid. And I went down there to get the groceries. And so we, wife and I, was in there. And there was a little bitty girl, wasn’t over about eighteen months old, and she was standing there going–singing, “Dingle Bells, Dingle Bells…”
And I said… In her little stand, you know, setting in the back of the little cart. I said, “Are you looking for Santa Claus?”
She said, “That’s my daddy, mister.”
I said, “Bless your little heart, honey. You got wisdom.”

Known as ‘Sinterklaas‘ in Dutch folklore

What’s any more of a myth than Santa Claus? Never was such a thing. Telling children lies, you’ll be responsible for it at the day of the judgment. Yes.
No wonder people don’t know what to do. They’re… They–they just don’t want the real thing. They’ll take anything artificial, but they don’t want the real thing. They don’t want the gifts of God.”

God’s Wrapped Gift‘ (60-1225)
“(Santa Claus) is a figure with legendary, 
mythical, historical and folkloric aspects…” 
(wikipedia.org)
Give your children the gift of Truth this Christmas,
Bro. Nathan

Diary Of A Message Dad (The Golden Rule)

In St. Luke’s gospel our LORD Jesus tells his disciples, “As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” Most of us are probably more familiar with the paraphrased version of this verse that is known as ‘The Golden Rule‘ (“Do unto others as yo would have them do unto you“).

Everyone wants to be treated fairly. Our country has gone to war time and time again, civil rights movements and human rights movements have been established, many have shed their blood and given their lives all so that people could be treated fairly.

We want to be treated fairly at church, at school, and at work. We want to be treated fairly by our friends, our family, our teachers, our employers, and our government. Most of us aren’t looking for special treatment above and beyond what everyone else receives, but none of us enjoy being humiliated in front of others, or when we are treated less favorably than our peers.

Are we as willing to constantly check our own actions to ensure we give out equal treatment to others as we are to fight for our own equal rights? Do we limit this checking of actions to our interactions in public (school, work, church, etc), or do we strive to treat our family and friends with the same level of respect?

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (St. Matthew 7:12)

When it comes to marriage; do we treat our spouse the way that we want to be treated? Do we stop long enough to truly listen, and communicate back? Do we give them the attention and respect that we expect to receive?

When it comes to our children; do we remember how we felt at their age, and give them the time, and patience that we desired from our parents?

I see so many parents (and have admittedly caught myself being guilty of the same from time to time) who expect very young children to act like adults.

Personally I don’t want to look back in twenty years to find that my memories of our children growing up are that my wife and I were able to train them to sit like little soldiers so that they never embarrassed us as parents, never did anything out of line, and grew up despising us.

My wife and I want our children to respect us as parents. We want them to understand their position as children and ours as parents, but we do not want our children to live in fear of us. We do not want them to feel that they can never make a mistake, or that they cannot come and talk to us when they find themselves in trouble.

I would like to look back in twenty years and be able to say that my children were not perfect little soldiers who never made mistakes, but that they were good children who were full of life, and love, and laughter. I want to remember that we allowed them to be children (even if it meant the occasional dirty clothes, or trips to the bathroom to apply band-aids as a result of their ‘adventures’, and maybe even a few random pieces of broken furniture).

I want them to be able to look back and see that their parents were not perfect, but that we tried to teach them all that we knew about Jesus, and how to live their lives to their fullest ability.

I hope that they will be able to look back and find that their fond memories heavily outweighing the bad.

I trust that they will realize their parents had their best interests in mind with every decision we made, and that we treated them equally, and loved them each the same for their own unique ways.

If you have children please recognize that you are their hero, and try to live up to those expectations before you prove them wrong.

Bro. Nathan

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” (St. Matthew 18:10)

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