Spoiler alert: If you believe in Santa Claus and don’t want to challenge that belief, then read no further……
Once upon a time there was a little boy named Toby, with a “y”. Toby was in first grade. Toby’s parents enrolled him in a Christian Academy that uses a biblical curriculum. BUT… Toby’s parents told Toby about Santa Claus when he was just a wee little boy and Toby has believed in Santa Claus ever since.
Until…. one day Toby was at school coming back from recess at the park when one of his best friends informs him that Santa Claus is not real. Because, Toby’s best friend was not told about Santa Claus by his parents, he was given Jesus from the time he was born up until now. So right there in the middle of the street on the way back from the park Toby and his best friend get in a knocked out, dragged out fight. Toby is defending the honor of Santa Claus, a character created by Toby’s parents. Toby’s best friend is defending the honor of a Savior who was born and died in Toby’s place.
As the teacher pulls them apart and gets them safely to the sidewalk, Toby has that questioning look in his eye and simply states “My parents are adults, they wouldn’t lie to me, right?” How do you look in a first graders eyes who is holding fast to a character created by a world that has lost Jesus? How do you answer this question that his parents are adults and they wouldn’t lie to him. HOW? JESUS. JESUS.
Oh, parents… as a mom, don’t lie to your children. This little boy is going to find out that Santa Claus is not real one day for certain. Then the realization is going to set in that his parents are adults and they did lie to him. Then he is going to question their authority over him, I mean after all they are liars why should he trust them or obey them? Why?
My heart goes out to this little boy Toby with a “y”. But I am rejoicing that God has him right where He wants Toby. In a Christian school with a preacher’s wife for his teacher and a burning desire in her heart to share Jesus with him.
As we approach this holiday season, remember that the Word of God tells us to let our Yes’s, be Yes and our No’s to be No. Telling the truth is the only way to live a life worthy of His death on that cross.
Until Next Time,