The holiday season is a magical time for people all over, but especially for children. Snow, holiday decorations, and if you’re a partaker in Christmas, it means getting visited by Santa. Nothing better captures the wonder of childhood like that feeling of waiting for the overweight bearded guy to roll down your chimney and take credit for all the things your parents bought you.
Christmas is also the Super Bowl of the Christian faith, as it celebrates the birth of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Followers of the faith spend much of their December getting out the good word in a variety of wonderful ways. Charity, wonderful Sunday sermons, and beautiful renditions of the Nativity Story are just some of the ways people of faith spread the word and get into the holiday spirit. However, sometimes preaching the good word flies a little close to the sun, and someone makes a dick move.
For example, take this Texas pastor who decided the best way to spread the good news was to tell a bunch of kids that Santa wasn’t real.
From Huffington Post
A real-life Grinch sparked outrage among parents at a Texas mall when he took it upon himself to announce to a line of children anxiously waiting to meet Kris Kringle that Santa Claus isn’t real.
Evangelical pastor David Grisham filmed himself pulling off the stunt at Amarillo’s Westgate Mall in an effort to teach kids “that Christmas is about Jesus Christ,” then posted the video to his Facebook page Saturday.
It’s pretty bold to not only crush the dreams of a bunch of kids meeting one of their heroes, but then post a video bragging about. Also pretty ballsy to do it in Amarillo, Texas, where you’re certain to be upsetting the children of some super redneck dads.
Can’t imagine that he ran this by anyone else in his congregation, as ruining Christmas for a bunch of kids isn’t the best way to drive local attendance up on Sundays. I’d be very shocked if through buckets of tears any of those kids said, “But daddy can you tell me more about Jesus too?”
Here’s to hoping that those kids manage to recover their holiday spirit, and that if they’re so inclined, get to hear the good word in a much less soul-crushing way..
[via Huffington Post]