I find this story highly amusing. A Georgia pastor has angered other Christians by putting up a billboard declaring that Santa is really Satan and that he’s turning your kids into atheists. Why? Because when kids find out there’s no Santa, they might think there’s no Jesus either.
Many Christians in Harlem, Georgia said that they were outraged last week after the Born Again Independent Baptist Church changed its sign to read “Santa is Satan.”
In an interview on Sunday, Pastor Edward Carothers explained to WRDW that he posted the message because “Santa Claus is robbing Christ of his glory.”
“We have come to the point where we have replaced Jesus Christ and his birthday with a fictitious character named ‘Santa’ and we have lifted him up instead of lifting up the savior,” the pastor added. “It’s amazing to me that people would get this upset over a fictitious creature.”
Carothers said that the problem with Santa was that children would grow up and learn that he wasn’t real, and then they would also question Christianity.
“They grow up believing in Santa Claus, they grow up believing in the Tooth Fairy, they grow up believing in the Easter Bunny, they grow up in some homes believing in Jesus Christ,” he said. “Well when they get older they find out the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and Santa Claus ain’t real. So, what about this fourth person called Jesus?”…
“As much as they’re offended by me and my little sign those three letters that were put on my sign so am I offended by Jesus Christ being denied who he is on the day we celebrate his birth,” the pastor opined. “I want them to know that we believe in Jesus and we’re going to lift up and magnify him on his birthday. It’s his birthday. It’s not Santa’s birthday.”
Well you all just go right on being terribly offended by one another. I’ll be over here laughing my ass off.