As I stood there staring into space, a full range of emotions flooded my entire soul. My heart pounded inside my chest as if it were trying to escape. Then it seemed to move upward into my throat. I could barely breathe. I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it. How could this be? My whole world had just been shattered into tiny pieces. I had just discovered, to my utter disappointment, that Santa Claus was not real. Now, this may seem like a gross overreaction, but to a child of only eight, I had never dreamed that anything like this could ever happen to me. Such a revelation just seemed to be too much to bear.
It was more than just realizing the fat man in the red and white suit was a fairy tale. Everything that I had ever believed, now came into question. How could everybody have lied to me for so long? How could they? Had it all been a lie? Everything? Could I trust anything that I had been told? Was it all lies? The Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy? What about Jesus? Was he real or just another story? Would I find out later that God doesn’t exist? I mean, I had never seen him either so I couldn’t know for sure.
Now, your experience may not be as dramatic as mine was, but have you ever wondered how other children react when they find out their parents have been lying to them for years? To say that a “Little White Lie” doesn’t have a long-term effect on people is to deny human nature. The subconscious is a very powerful thing.
For just a moment, think about the last time you found out someone had lied to you. How did you feel? How long did it take you get over it? Have you gotten over it yet? People should stop lying to their children. In fact, people should stop lying, period. Especially people who claim to be Christians. It sets a bad example for the kids and it’s a bad witness.
I don’t know, maybe people have forgotten the definition of lying. Dictionary.com says lying is saying something that is false or untrue.* Maybe they have forgotten that lying is a sin? I keep hearing people say, “Everybody lies.” Well, if everybody lies, there will be nobody in heaven because the Bible says ALL liars will burn in hell fire (Rev. 21:8). Even if it were true that “Everybody Lies,” just because “Everybody’s Doing It” doesn’t make it right. I’m not judging anybody, because I’m not the judge, and I’ve done more than my share of lying in the past. At some point, we all need to grow up, and act like adults, and take responsibility for our actions, instead of lying about what we have said or done, and we need to stop the tradition of lying to our children. We need to let the Santa lie die.
How many souls have been lost? How many will be lost because of this so-called “harmless,” “little” “white lie?” How many children grow up and reject Jesus, placing him in the same category as the unreal, made up, pretend, fairy tales they knew as a child and eventually grew out of? Remember, there’s no such thing as a white lie or a little lie. A lie is a lie, and lying is a sin. It’s that simple, and no amount of reasoning will ever change that fact.
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For information on how the legend of Santa began, follow this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus
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