I saw this button some time ago on a website that was clearly not approving of the Christian message, it read,

God Is Santa Claus For Christians.

Even though it was intended to mock Christianity, I was struck by the fact that there was a lot of wisdom in this little button. There is a reason that non-Christians think God is just Santa for adults. Many Christians and pastors treat God as their “Sugar Daddy” who is there to provide everything they demand.

As we approach the Christmas season, I hope each and every one of you who reads this button will remember that Jesus died on the cross to become our Savior; not our Santa.

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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