When my kids were little, my wife and I wrestled with what to tell them about Santa, the Easter Bunny, and other fantasy figures. On one hand, we never wanted to lie or deceive our kids, but on the other we wanted to encourage their imaginations and join the fun holiday traditions. Ultimately, we went with a kind of blended plan. Recently I was talking with a young dad who shared that when he reached the age to realize there was no Santa Claus, he let all the other characters go, and Jesus along with them.
Regardless of your holiday traditions, it is vital that we as God-followers are always truth-tellers. No matter how difficult it may be, one of the things that can set us apart from much of the rest of the world is that we are known for representing and always speaking the truth. There is a reason Jesus literally referred to Himself as “The Truth.” He did not claim to be a truth. He was The Truth. As His followers, that should clearly be one of our distinctives. Speak truth. Then people can live by our words in the same way they can live by our Lord’s. Today, speak the truth in love and allow God to handle the fallout for good or for bad. #BeTheEdge
“…I am the way and the truth and the life.” Jesus