Recently I have written in this column about two of my offspring. The other one now has to be included. So, I will tell you of a true incident that involves my first daughter, who is my middle …
Recently I have written in this column about two of my offspring. The other one now has to be included. So, I will tell you of a true incident that involves my first daughter, who is my middle child.
It was Christmas season and all the adults had gone shopping. Except me. I had been left with the responsibility of several young children. The parents had decided they would rather be anywhere else than with a gang of rowdy kids. My daughter, Kimberly, was about 6 or 7 years old and she was one of the ringleaders of this particular disturbance, among the others that day.
Looking for a way to calm them, I said I was taking them to the mall to see Santa Claus. Kim rebelled. Atypical of her, she was the most uncontrollable of the gang of kids this time. My effort to appease the gang with the Santa visit met strong resistance from her. On the way to the mall, Kim kept saying “I don’t want to see Santa; I don’t even believe in him anyway; he is not even real.” All the while, as we left the car, she was crying and pulling on me to stop. “I don’t believe in Santa; I don’t want to see him,” she kept crying with copious tears.
As we started walking into the mall, Kim became very silent. Looking down the long opening, she saw the red suit and white beard. I felt her pulling hard on my hand. She wanted me to stop walking. I did and as she wiped tears from her eyes, she said to me rather quietly and very seriously. “Daddy, can you tell I’ve been crying?”
She didn’t want Santa to know she had been crying. She was right in her statements of non-belief in him, but now, just in case…
Error and untruth are prevalent in our world today. You and I must distinguish the truth from the error and take our stand for unbending truth. There are moral issues that are disguised as political policy.
The issues today do not include Santa Claus. I would expect a 6- or 7-year-old to be impacted by such a cultural icon. But we are adults. More than that, we should be spiritual adults proclaiming truth.
We are in a spiritual war. Let your devotional Scriptures today include Ephesians 6:10-20. Then determine that your posture will be standing for truth.
Write the Pastor at PastorBill@firstagcc.org