These two news reports just go to show the sad state of "the church" in America:
What's more important: Santa or The One True Living God? Presents or Worship? Gifts or Worship? Come on people! Take a break from your self-centeredness for an hour on Christmas morning this year. You claim to be "christian," but you are not Christ-like. If you want to open presents that morning, just wake up a tad earlier. Better yet, why not practice some delayed gratification and open presents after church? Or how about opening them the night before? Think about your answers then tell me if you are a christian or not. Here are some examples:
Oh, we can't open them the night before, Santa hasn't brought them. Ahh, your true self is showing through. Are you teaching your kids the real reason for the season or that Santa brings them presents? What happens when they find out you've been lying to them all their life about Santa? Might they start to not trust other things you say?
We'll get busy with presents and forget church. Set an alarm and put it up and do what is necessary to get to church on time. Stop opening presents if you have to. Tell you kids to put them away…they'll be there when you return.
The kids can't wait. What's more important…God or worldly things?
Christians in America, we all need to step back, evaluate our lives, read the Bible, and decide are we "Christian" or are we truly Christians!?!?! Being a Christian is more than getting up and going to church on Sunday. Heck, its even more than going to church 3 times a week, being chairman of the deacons, and a Sunday School teacher! Christians were first called Christians because they were Christ-like. Is your life truly reflective of Christ? What does your Bible say about gathering together:
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching