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What’s made in Santa’s workshop?

There’s a story that states elves make the toys in Santa’s workshop at the North Pole somewhere, and Santa has a list of who’s been good and bad; he checks it twice, and then based on that list, he delivers gifts around the world by a sleigh pulled by 12 reindeer.

There’s also another story about a baby born called Immanuel, where God’s Son became flesh. He was born by a virgin named Mary and lived for about 33 years. He also goes by the name Jesus, and in His last three years before He was crucified, He performed many miracles. He died and then rose again from the dead. The story continues to say that whoever believes in Him will have everlasting life and will not perish.

Children growing up in most Christian homes are told two stories on Christmas. They are told these two stories by their parents, people they believe and trust, teach them right and wrong, and would otherwise not lie to them.

These two stories are promoted by the world around them, in malls and stores, decorations, and movies, church services, and family vacation trips. Two stories told by their parents and confirmed by the world around them.

Let’s keep aside what it say’s in Proverbs 6:16-19.

These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to him:

  1. a proud look,
  2. a lying tongue,
  3. and hands that shed innocent blood,
  4. a heart that devises wicked imaginations,
  5. feet that are swift in running to mischief,
  6. a false witness who speaks lies,
  7. and he who sows discord among brethren.

Does it matter that parents lie?

For that matter, what’s wrong with children that lie?

If their parents do it, why can’t they?

Why is it wrong for children to lie to their parents but okay for their parents to lie to their children?

Perhaps their parents forgot about Matthew 7:1-5.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged. And with the measure you use, it will be measured again for you.

“And why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank that is in your own eye? Or how will you say to your brother, ‘Let me pull the speck out of your eye,’ when a log is in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

As adults and parents, we are quick to whitewash what we do. The lie becomes a white lie. Now that it’s whitewashed, it is no longer so bad. We have whitewashed this story so much over the years that we forget under all that whitewash; it’s still a lie.

Jesus spoke a parable that’s recorded in Matthew 13:24-30.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. But when the shoots had sprung up and produced fruit, the weeds also appeared.

“So the servants of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’

“He said to them, ‘An enemy did this.’

“The servants said to him, ‘Will you then have us go and gather them up?’

“But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the weeds, you pull up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers: Gather up the weeds first and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.’ ”

The mind is like a field, and the mind of children the most fertile field you can find.

As children grow in the house of Christian parents, two seeds are planted, one is about Santa Claus, a person that leaves them gifts under the Christmas tree, the other about a baby that received three gifts from wise men.

One seed provides tangible gifts year upon year, the other seed a one hour service year upon year they have to sit through, listening about a person that received gifts so that they can then go home and open their gifts from the other person.

What gifts are we teaching these children to value?

Those that come wrapped up in fancy paper or that which we cannot wrap our heads let alone around our hearts?

In the parable, a man sowed good seed, but an enemy came and sowed weeds while he was sleeping. This man did not realize what was done to his field until the shoots grew and started to produce fruit. This man couldn’t remove the weeds because it would also remove the good plants there were growing alongside it.

Are we able to recognize the enemy that season upon season keeps planting weeds in the minds of your children?

In the mind of the child, which story is true, and which is the lie?

The story where they find presents under the tree from a person named Santa, and nothing from the person named Jesus.

Children love to hear stories; as they grow up.

Two stories or seeds were planted, one about belief in Jesus, the other about belief in Santa Claus.

In the parable, the landowner said to his servants that wanted to remove the weeds, ‘No, lest while you gather up the weeds, you pull up also the wheat with them.

The landowner realized that due to the roots of the weeds, it would pull out the wheat by its roots also.

What happens when the weeds of Santa Claus are pulled out?

What happens when lies are exposed?

Who would trust any of the stories from the person who lied to them every year?

What did you make in Santa’s workshop, and place under the tree?