Mindcleaner takes up a subject that I usually only tackle around Christmas time— the comparison between God and Santa Claus. He quotes a writer, Amanda, who takes the whole idea and explains exactly why we don’t do Santa Claus in our home, and she brings the point home. She states that parents have two reasons for having a Santa Claus– one being to get kids to be good around Christmas and the other is because it’s cute to see child-like faith ( something she labels “childish belief” ).
It’s interesting that Jesus himself said that the kingdom of heaven was made up of people with child like faith. Amanda turns it into “childish belief” to ridicule it, but there is nothing like the faith a child has in his parents, his home, and the love that he is shown.
Setting a child up for a series of faith shattering events is kinda like dating being practicing for divorce. It can have that effect, or it might not, but it something that we do not choose to do.
The problem with Amanda’s assessment is that when Christ enters a life, He changes it. When prayers are made to God with His will in mind, they are answered. People can look around and see His handiwork. He’s not one that just appears for a day and then is gone for the rest of the year, spying on you to see when you’ll mess up.
We should never outgrow Jesus, but we should outgrow needing to be like the world.