Ron, Ron, Ron…
“By the way, I do celebrate Santa Claus because the Americanized version is predominently based on the legend of St. Nicholas, who was the epitome of giving.”
I admire your fortitude in owning up to and admitting that you adhere to and celebrate the, how did you put it, “Americanized version…of St. Nicholas”.
By this you are meaning the Santa Claus that has magically flying reindeer, and magically comes down chimneys, and has an army of magical little make believe elves.
Correct me if I’m wrong in this, but my bible expressly tells me that magic, sorcery, and witchcraft are categorically condemned as evil by God. And that the involvement in such things is a sin.
And yes, I know what the average Christian says to this:
“It’s not me who is involved, its just make believe. I’m not the one who is actually doing it. It’s just for entertainment.”
But the bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:22 to “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
My personal belief is that, even though you are not directly involved with the practice of magic, sorcery, or witchcraft, the act of being entertained by others who are (or even pretending they are, as in TV & movies), is, in essence, sinning by proxy.
But if being entertained by what the bible categorically condemns as sin is OK in your heart and mind, then that is your conviction and no one but God is to be the judge of that.
I’m just relating what the bible tells me.