There is more historic evidence for the existence of Santa Claus (aka St Nicholas) than there is for Jesus Christ, but pastor David Grisham, above, doesn’t want children to know that – and he’s more than happy to wreck Christmas family days out by bellowing at youngsters that Santa is ‘make-believe’.
His latest attack on Santa has earned him very few fans and a whole bunch of new enemies. According to this report, Grisham, the former leader of the Repent Amarillo outfit in Texas, went to the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska, to repeat a stunt he pulled last Christmas at the Westgate Mall in Amarillo.
Grisham, who is now headquartered in Anchorage where he is running Repent Alaska and Last Frontier Evangelism, angered many parents when he recently walked up to the line of children and parents waiting to see Santa, and with his phone camera in hand, proclaimed:
I wanted to tell you kids today that Santa Claus does not exist. Santa Claus is not real. The man you’re going to meet today is a man wearing a suit like a costume and it’s make-believe.
For good measure, he added:
There are no reindeer, flying reindeer.
He then posted the video he shot on his Facebook page. It shows a store employee asking him not to bother the customers.
I’m not interfering. I’m just telling them the truth.
At that point, a parent interrupted and said:
She said leave, so go.
Don’t come over here talking your mess.
So Grisham moved on, but not before he concluded with:
Kids, there is no Santa. Your parents are lying to you.
After Grisham’s mean-spirited treatment of kids at the Texas mall, Jon Mark Beilue, writing for Amarillo Globe-News, opined that this sort of behaviour was precisely why more people were distancing themselved from Christianity.
The online public reaction was expected – barbs against organized religion, confirmation of stereotypes that most Christians are loose cannon loudmouths, that there is a whole lot less love and a whole lot more bigotry.
Nowhere, and at no time, has anyone mind or heart been changed by any of your antics. In fact, it’s driven most of the unchurched further away, and caused others to waste time apologizing.
I’m fairly confident in saying that no mom pulled her kids out of line last weekend, telling them, ‘You know, that loudmouth over there is right, kids. There is no Santa. I’ve been a very bad woman.’
This goes without saying, but I’ll still say it: there are millions of Bible-believing homes where parents allow their children to believe in the wonder of a fairy tale, to play along with the excitement of make-believe while at the same time directing them to the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of savior, the hope of the world.
It happens in healthy homes everywhere.
To believe they are mutually exclusive is being patently ridiculous.
If proof were needed that Grisham is a thoroughly nasty piece of work, hop across to his Facebook page where, on December 2, he posted a link to a report that the Chinese were working on “spray away the gay” chemical:
I pray the Chinese are onto something here. Imagine if this spray actually makes sodomites straight. Imagine how far forward towards righteousness we could go if we crop dusted Gay Pride parades with this stuff? LOL But until then we will continue to use the only cure for homosexuality there is, the saving power of Jesus Christ.
Condemnation was a swift as it was brutal, and addressed both his homo and Santaphobia. Here’s one of many examples of comments posted to his page:
Hey scumbag, Jesus isn’t real. He’s a mental illness that people like you like to shove on others. Kill yourself, save good oxygen for people who aren’t delusional.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn