Saddleback Church lead pastor Rick Warren recently issued a warning against letting secular traditions like Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman overtake the true meaning of Christmas.
In a Daily Hope devotional published Tuesday, Warren cautioned about having traditions that are unbiblical supplant the birth of Jesus Christ.
“We have so many Christian traditions. They just keep adding up: Santa Claus, Rudolph, Frosty, and Elf on the Shelf. We have new tradition after new tradition, but no one is talking about the real reason for the season,” wrote Warren.
“None of those traditions will make a real, lasting difference in your life. But a relationship with God will.”
Warren drew a comparison to the religious authorities of Jesus’ day, who had developed many traditions that distracted them from loving God and neighbor. As Warren noted, none of these officials were present for Jesus’ birth.
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