Recently, a Rhode Island man was thrown in prison for using a counterfeit $100 bill. It seems that the man would have gotten away with the crime at the local target, but the clerk got suspicious when something just did not look right.  After consulting with the manager, it became apparent that the crafty counterfeiter had made a critical mistake. He put a picture of Abraham Lincoln on the $100; however, a real $100 sports an image of Ben Franklin. Lincoln’s image is on the $5 bill.

As I thought about that incident, it reminded me that if we are not careful, we could allow Christmas to be counterfeited. Instead of seeing the image of Christ in a Manger as God’s gift to the world, we might allow other images of Santa, Rudolf, Christmas trees,  gifts or a myriad of other counterfeits to crowd out the main thing.

So as you head toward Christmas this year, don’t fall for a counterfeit.
Have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D