God and Santa Claus

'Tis the season to be shopping. Fa la la la la. You know it's Christmas because the television is full of ads for Mercedes, Lexus and Cadillac. What better way to celebrate the birth of the man who said "Blessed are the poor" than by giving somebody a $50,000 car?

For the next month, it will be next to impossible to avoid the image of Santa Claus. It will be everywhere, encouraging people to spend money they don't have to buy people they don't like things they don't need. My question is whether Santa Claus is an incarnation of God or God is marketed as the heavenly Santa Claus.

Santa Claus and God (or at least the God marketed by the religious organizations) have a lot in common. They both reward the good and punish the wicked. This means they are both reactionary. They react to what they see. If you do this, they will do that. But the God I worship does not have to wait for me to act before deciding what He will do. So God is not the heavenly Santa.

We should not base our behavior on the expectation of heavenly goodies. That decision was made before we were born. We are God's tools here on earth. We need to listen for His instructions and do our best to carry them out for the benefit of His children. Not because we expect to be paid off with a heavenly mansion but simply because that is what we were sent here to do by the One who gave us the life to do it.

Want to celebrate the real spirit of Christmas? Here's a great gift idea. Give of yourself. There are millions of people looking for work. Use the resources at
http://opng8.org/career.html to help them find it. Our young people are returning from combat with physical and psychological wounds. Help them heal. Many elderly are warehoused in facilities where they have been forgotten by
their families. They could use a friend. I'm sure there are other opportunities in your community to use the gift our Father has given you.

And the best part is you can give something really meaningful without maxing out your credit card.

Best always
Brother Ron