Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Wednesday 21 April |
Saint of the Day: St. Anselm of Canterbury

WATCH: A Texas pastor shows how not to evangelize—by visiting a mall and telling kids Santa doesn’t exist

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 12/14/16

Seriously?

In what parallel universe did this man honestly think this stunt was a good idea?  What made him believe that upsetting children and angering parents —and causing a public spectacle—would somehow turn people to Christ?

Here’s the story: 

A Texas pastor targeted a group of children in line to see Santa Claus at Amarillo’s Westgate Mall, intent on telling all of them that good ol’ Saint Nick is not real. A video posted to YouTube shows David Grisham of Repent Amarillo and Last Frontier Evangelism shouting to kids that Santa isn’t real and that Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Christ. “There is no such thing as Santa Claus,” he yelled. “The Christmas season is about Jesus. Jesus was born 2016 years ago. He was born in a manger in a small town called Bethlehem. And that’s the truth about Christmas.” He told parents to “stop lying” to their children. “The man you’re going to see today is just a man in a suit, dressed up like Santa, but Santa does not exist,” he shouted.

Read on. And check out the video above.

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
KIDS,WATERMELON,BEACH
Cerith Gardiner
New study shows that these 2 childhood habits make you a happier ...
2
EUCHARIST
Philip Kosloski
5 Fascinating facts about Jesus in the Eucharist
3
SPANISH FLU
Bret Thoman, OFS
What Padre Pio saw in the Spanish Flu of 1918
4
HEART OF JESUS
Bret Thoman, OFS
“Jesus, you take care of it”: Prayer of a priest Padr...
5
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
6
PRINCE PHILIP
Cerith Gardiner
The lasting lesson from the late Prince Philip
7
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to the “Holy Mothe...
See More