Featured in the December, 2008 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
Santa Claus no longer lives at the North Pole. He has moved to Washington, D.C. and has more helpers than ever.
Christmas is no longer a day but goes on all year with gifts being doled out everyday. There is a great network of snoopervision to determine who are the good children. Being “good” means complying with all the petty regulations promulgated by the Washington bureaucrats and then your stocking will be stuffed full.
The “something for nothing” mania has become a national disease, most people not realizing that what is free today may cost us our country tomorrow.
Our Washington Santa Claus has no money; he only takes from the productive to give to the unproductive. At first this may almost seem like a Christian act until one remembers that when you penalize success instead of rewarding it, you’re going to have fewer successful people. When capital is destroyed by taxation, there will be no jobs!
The government does not have a good record in managing the economy, educating our children, or even delivering the mail. The “anti-trust” government has ended up being the biggest monopoly. Penalizing success and rewarding failure minimizes achievement and maximizes non-productivity.
A government that discourages work and promotes welfare will soon not have enough people working to support the welfare system. The mighty Roman Empire fell not by foreign invasion but from internal decay. The United States with every employer and every retailer collecting taxes has more tax collectors than any nation in the history of the world.
The government has nothing and so what it gives must be taken from the people, plus the deduction for handling charges. It now appears we are in so deep that no president or political party has the courage or the power to return us to sanity.
The old-fashioned philosophy that government exists to protect God-given rights, assure domestic tranquility and repel foreign invasion has been exchanged for the notion that government is responsible for the welfare of every individual.
This is far more than a political debate but becomes a Biblical issue. When people look to the government instead of God for security, there is a direct violation of the first commandment which states, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3).
With millions of people eligible for free education, clothes, food, housing, hospitalization and burial, Washington, D.C. has become the fattest Santa Claus of all time.
Why work when free checks are available from government sources? The Bible repeatedly identifies poverty with slothfulness but now one can be lazy without being poor!
The Bible teaching is very clear, “If any would not work, neither should he eat” (II Thessalonians 3:10). Hunger is a great motivator but why get up on a cold, dark morning and wait for a bus to go to work if you can get a check without working?
But some cry, “Who will care for the aged, the handicapped, the orphans, the truly needy?” The Bible has a clear answer: “If any provide not for his own and especially for those of his own house, he has denied the faith and is worse than an infidel” (I Timothy 5:8). Each family, each relationship is to care for its own. This is a time-honored Christian procedure which preserves the dignity of the individual and eliminates the “handling charges” that are deducted by the government for all that it does. If a person is born again and a member of a Biblical church, that church will give material aid in time of distress and need (I John 3:14-18).
The “something for nothing” philosophy is like Santa Claus, a pure fiction. But Santa Claus is for children. When we grow up we discard the myth and face reality! That does not mean that we have discarded Christmas but only that we have exchanged the phony Christmas for the real one. §
* Reprinted from the December 1978 Ashburn Baptist News