Has there ever been a holiday that has stirred up more controversy than CHRISTMAS? From people desiring to be politically correct, to putting an “X” in Christmas, to some denying the existance of Christmas, to some folks ‘falling-out' over Christmas, to losing the true meaning of Christmas, if Nativity scenes should be displayed or whether to decorate or not for Christmas –the list goes on. Now the question has arisen, “Is Santa Clause white?”
News anchorwoman Megyn Kelly stirs controversy about Santa Clause being “white” when she talks about a blog from columnist Aisha Harris that suggests that the image of Santa Clause being changed to a ‘non-person’.
This author’s feelings about Santa Clause are depicted in the book “Where Did That Come From?” and an excerpt is below.
The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. St. Nicholas Center, Holland, Michigan.
Americans have chosen a jolly old fictitious man dressed in a red and white suit to represent Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus. The world has adopted this man to represent hope, love, joy, peace, goodness, gentleness, and faith, not realizing that the hope that they search for is in the fruit of God’s Holy Spirit.
Parents have told their children falsehoods about this man, who supposedly comes down the chimney bearing gifts, and then more lies to cover up the fact that there is no chimney in their house or apartment. We shouldn’t lie, especially to our children. This myth has caused us to mound one lie on top of another. Children should know the truth about Santa Claus (he was a good man), the tooth fairy, the Easter bunny, monsters in the closet and under the bed; they don’t exist, period!
Now don’t shoot me down. I personally don’t believe that we should be lying to our children about a jolly old man bringing presents down a chimney. But the pot has been stirred and it also points to another question, “What color is Jesus Christ?” Does it really matter?
A recent post from Faith Christian Center says it all:
The Meaning of Christmas
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."
Christmas is a season of great joy. It represents a time when God showed His great love for the world. Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Savior. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world so that one day the price could be paid for mankind's sins. Jesus' birth brought great joy to the world, because it opened up a door for mankind to be restored to the Father.
Perhaps, you have never accepted the gift of salvation through Jesus. Well, this year invite Jesus into your heart. You can be a son or daughter of the Most High, when you accept Jesus in your heart. Now, you can be truly happy at Christmas! You can rest and rejoice in the fact that because you said, "yes" to Jesus, you are a child of God. There is joy and peace that comes from knowing you will experience eternal life with God. Christmas also means healing and renewal, because the gift of salvation restores wholeness to your life. So, look at the meaning of Christmas in a new way this year.
My belief is that Jesus is the color that you imagine Him to be. Whether Jesus Christ is Caucasian, Black, Asian, Hispanic or any other ethnic diversity; it is CHRISTMAS TIME, and we choose a day to commemorate His birth. What matters it Where Christ is in the Masses. Merry Christmas!