Sunday, December 22, 2013

The True Story of Santa Claus

In the early 4th century, Emperor Constantine called together the bishops of Christendom to a Council, in order to resolve theological disputes and establish a consistent theology. One of the bishops in attendance was Nicholas, the bishop of Lycia (part of modern-day Turkey). The biggest dispute in question regarded the divinity of Jesus. Bishop Arius, of Alexandria, held the position that Jesus held a subordinate position to God the Father:  created by God, not co-eternal with God. Nicholas was so offended by this affront to Jesus that he knocked Arius out. Nicholas was arrested for disturbing the peace and spent the rest of the council cooling his heels in prison.

For this valiant defense of Jesus, and for many wondrous works, Nicholas was Sainted. Saint Nicholas came to be remembered much more for his work on behalf of children, and his adamant defense of the Christian faith was largely forgotten. Over time, jolly old Saint Nicholas came to be known as Santa Claus.

This holiday season, as you neglect the human birth of the god Jesus, and focus instead on the traditions of materialist consumerism, please remember to put out a glass of cold milk and a plate of cookies as an important peace offering, because Santa Claus is a bad-ass who will knock your lights out.

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