Please Don’t Ask Me To Lie

It amazes me that at Christmastime, the time we celebrate the birth of Christ, the Saviour of mankind, we also partake in the sin of lying.

The first recorded sin in the Bible was the lie told by Satan. From the belief of that lie, a decision was made and now we are all sinners. Throughout the Bible we see how much God gates lying. In Proverbs 6, it’s part of the things the Lord hates.

Yet at Christmas, we lie. We lie and tell our children that Santa is real. We lie and tell them that he brings them presents based on whether they have been good or bad. We lie and tell them that he eats the cookies and and drinks the milk.

We teach our children not to lie. We teach them to be truthful and honest in everything they do. We even discipline them when they lie to us. So why lie to your children about Santa Claus.

My point is, you can tell your children what you want, but please don’t ask me to lie for you. Please don’t expect me to lie either. I don’t have a Bible verse that says that Santa Claus isn’t real so don’t believe in him, but I do have verses about lying. So please don’t ask me to lie.

I promise, I will not go out of my way to tell your child that Santa Claus isn’t real, because that’s between you, your child and God. But I also will promise this, I will not lie to your child either. I will be tactful, I will use wisdom, and in this case, I would just tell your child to go to you as their parent with any questions about Santa Claus.

I would also ask this of you, “Please don’t lie to my children about Santa Claus being real.” You don’t want me undermining your lie of Santa Claus to your child, please don’t undermine the truth I am trying to instill in my child.

I will also ask this of you, “Please don’t expect my children to lie to your child about Santa Claus either.” I will not tell my child to go around and tell other kids that Santa isn’t real, but if at some point it comes up in their conversation that Santa isn’t real, then I apologize that your child found out from my child that you have been lying to them.

As my daughters grow up, I want them to trust everything that their daddy and mommy tell them. I don’t want them to ever have a sliver of doubt in their mind that we may be lying to them. I want them to know that we will always be truthful and honest with them, just like we expect them to be with us. I want them to understand that they may not always like what we tell them, but at the same time, we are telling them the truth to help them, not hurt them.

I understand everyone’s parenting style differs. I know that I am young at this thing of parenthood, 4 years almost, but I am doing my best to raise my children the best way I know how. And one of those ways is by not lying to them, even about Santa Claus. Yes, I know I have areas to grow in and things I need to learn, but from a young age, I was taught not to lie, and now I want to teach my children that.

So to sum it all up, once again, please don’t ask me to lie. Please don’t ask my children to lie. Please don’t lie to my children.

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3 Reasons Why I Won’t Tell My Children Santa Claus Is Real

This is a touchy subject in churches today. As a children’s worker, I have heard before that we shouldn’t tell the children that Santa Claus isn’t real. If their parents want them to believe that, then that is up to them. And I agree. But at the same time, I am not going to stand there and tell the child that Santa is real because I won’t be dishonest with the kid.

I came up with 3 logical reasons why I won’t tell my children Santa Claus is real.

  1. Promoting that Santa is real is a DISTRACTION from the real reason for the season, Jesus Christ. There are many different things that can distract us from celebrating the real person of Christmas, why do we need to add Santa to that. Telling a kid that Santa is real will distract them from focusing on the birth of Jesus Christ. That child goes to sleep on Christmas Eve and all they are thinking about is what is Santa bringing me. Celebrating the birth of Christ doesn’t even cross their mind. You say, ‘Oh but they are just kids, let them believe in Santa.’ Children are sponges when it comes to what they are being taught, whether we realize it or not. So teach them that Jesus Christ is why we celebrate Christmas, don’t even add another distraction in the form of Santa Claus.
  2. Promoting that Santa is real may leave DOUBT in their mind about everything you say after they find out the truth. I want my children to trust me as they grow up. I want them to have faith in the Word of God, in Jesus Christ. But if they believe in Santa and they find out he is just a fictional character, how will they think about Jesus Christ and the Christian faith and serving the Lord. I haven’t seen Jesus Christ, but I believe He is real and one day I will meet Him, but I won’t ever meet the real Santa Claus who delivers presents to every house in 24 hours. We can hurt our children’s beliefs by teaching them to believe in something that isn’t real just because we think it’s cute. What faith do they have in you when you tell them about Jesus and Heaven and Hell or will they doubt what you say because you lied to them about Santa Claus. Just think about it!
  3. Santa Claus is a fictional character that DENIES the existence of God. You may be thinking “That’s a bold statement, Caleb!” Well let me explain, I already said that it is a distraction from Christ. Let’s talk about that song, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

Let’s start with, “He’s making a list, And checking it twice; Gonna find out who’s

Naughty and nice.” Reminds me of a list that God said He has, the Book of Life.

The Book of Life has all who accepted Christ as their Saviour written down in it,

whether you have been ‘naughty or nice.’ You shouldn’t be worried about about

Santa’s list but whether your name is in the Book of Life or not. And as a parent, you should be praying for your child that they would get that settled as early as they can in life.

Next thing is “He sees you when you’re sleeping, He knows when you’re awake, He knows if you’ve been bad or good, So be good for goodness sake!” God is an omniscient or all-knowing God. He is the only one who knows everything about everyone all the time. This Santa Claus is saying He is all-knowing also, sounds like he is trying to take the place of God.

So in my opinion, Santa isn’t only used to distract us from Christ, but in a sense saying that He is like God. Makes me think of another character from the Bible who wanted to be like God, his name was Lucifer, more commonly referred to as Satan. Satan wanted to be like God, He wanted to take the place of God and in result he was kicked out of Heaven. Now Satan walks to and fro throughout the earth, this reminds me of Santa. Satan can’t be everywhere at once, neither can Santa. Satan doesn’t know your thoughts, but he can see what you are doing, whether it is bad or good, reminds me of Santa.

And what is Satan’s number one goal? It is to distract us from Christ, deny Christ, denounce Christ anyway he can. I don’t think it is no coincidence that you can spell Santa and Satan with the same letters. Just some food for thought.

So I will not ever tell my children that Santa Claus is real. I will tell them he is fake, he doesn’t bring them presents, none of that mess. I am not trying to ruin their childhood. I just want them to understand that Jesus Christ is why we celebrate Christmas and everything we do is centered around Him.

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