Naughty or Nice

by David Justiss


But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 (NKJV)

            Once upon a time, a feathered, five-eyed alien came to earth in mid-December. Everywhere he went, he heard music playing about someone named Santa Claus, “He’s making a list / and checking it twice / he’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice.” He wondered what it was all about. So the alien found a small child and asked her about the meaning of the words being sung.

“It’s about Santa Claus!” said the little girl, “Every year on Christmas Eve, he gives everybody presents. This year, I asked him for a pony.”

“But what’s that part about who’s naughty or nice?” asked the alien. “What does that have to do with it?”

“He only gives you what you want if you’re good,” said the child. “Otherwise, you only get coal or rocks.”

“Is he your god?”

The child was surprised at the question. “Of course not.”

The alien asked, “Then who is he to judge who is good or bad?”

The little girl shrugged, “Last year, I got the dollhouse I wanted even after I put bubble gum in my brother’s hair.” Then, she grinned and whispered, “I don’t think Santa found out about it.”


Father, thank you that you give us good gifts when we come to you, even though you know we haven’t been good.

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