๐ŸŒŸ God vs. ๐ŸŽ… Santa.

Is it really the rivalry itโ€™s made out to be? Both competing for adoration and attention in this season?

I donโ€™t believe so. I believe both are delightful, and one (Santa) is a sweet, earthly reflection of the other (God).

๐ŸŒŸ God IS joy
๐ŸŽ… Santa is jolly

๐ŸŒŸ God is generous
๐ŸŽ… Santa is generous, too

๐ŸŒŸ God gives good and perfect gifts
๐ŸŽ… Santa gives gifts, too

๐ŸŒŸ God loves welcoming and blessing kiddos
๐ŸŽ… Santa loves welcoming kiddos, too

๐ŸŒŸ God speaks about bread and wine throughout the Bible
๐ŸŽ… Santa likes cookies with milk

๐ŸŒŸ God provides for our needs AND wants
๐ŸŽ… Santa provides for our wants

๐ŸŒŸ God created all the animals, including reindeer
๐ŸŽ… Santa likes reindeer, too

๐ŸŒŸ Godโ€™s son, Jesus, is the reason for the season
๐ŸŽ… Santa admittedly doesnโ€™t have anything on this one ๐Ÿ˜…

๐ŸŒŸ While I believe Eden didnโ€™t have snow (if you have Biblical evidence counter to that, let me know – Iโ€™m always open to learning!), and was beautifully rich with vegetation and bountiful farmland and ๐ŸŽ… Santa Claus lives in the (freezing) North Pole, theyโ€™re otherwise quite similar in a lot of ways ๐Ÿ˜

Obviously, Iโ€™m not saying theyโ€™re the same. At all!

This post is for the folks who are so anti-Santa that they canโ€™t let others enjoy him, and see how he actually represents God in a lot of beautiful ways ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Sure, the world has done a great job of trying to strip Jesus from the CHRISTmas season, butโ€ฆ

โŒJesus canโ€™t actually be erased.

โŒJesus canโ€™t be canceled.

โŒJesus canโ€™t be replaced by a jolly, fat man in a red suit.

๐Ÿ™Œ Jesus CAN be glorified, if WE choose to point people towards Him, in every scenario. Including ones involving Santa Claus ๐Ÿ˜‰

Itโ€™s up to us. We are to be in the world, and not of the world.

Unfortunately, because thereโ€™s so much โ€œchurch hurtโ€ (and offense is running at an all-time high these days ๐Ÿ™„), we get to be creative in how we welcome people into an environment where they can come to know God and His true character ๐Ÿ’—

So proud of @awakenchurchsd for inviting Santa Claus to join in our Christmas celebrations, as we spread GODโ€™s love throughout our communities! Weโ€™re reaching people that only Santa can reach, and then inviting them to know the Lord.

All are welcome here ๐Ÿค— but you better believe that we love you enough to help you get any โ€œof the worldโ€ toxicity out of your life!

You can still know about Santa Claus, and think heโ€™s adorable, and enjoy the way he blesses kids – just donโ€™t put your belief in him when God is your actual savior / provider / creator ๐Ÿ™‚