Kid Asks Santa If God Loves Him for Being Gay in Heartbreaking Letter
As Christmas Day makes its way many children around the world are writing to Santa Claus. While most of them are asking for specific gifts for being good throughout the year, one little boy’s letter touched many hearts because of its question.
A letter by a little boy has been making the rounds on social media because of its contents. The short note is addressed to Santa Claus, but in it, the boy didn’t ask the jolly man at the North Pole for a gift, but a burning question instead.
On Twitter, someone shared a screenshot of the handwritten letter from the boy named Will. His question has left many people heartbroken and in awe of the suffering that the child must be going through.
It also brings to question where the little boy got his information from. Will wanted to know about something that was an inherent part of his being, in the note he asked:
"Do you support the LGBTQ community and if you speak to god can you tell Him that I love him."
Many more had words of wisdom and encouragement for the boy. One person went as far as criticizing Will’s parents because of how the child seemed to feel judged when reading his letter.
The letter was originally shared by the US Postal Service before their USPS Operation Santa annual program took off. Operation Santa program actually began more than 100 years old.
The program sees children writing letters to Santa and those in need sometimes find themselves getting adopted by “elves.” The letters get adopted by people in their community who wish to give back during the holiday season.
This letter to Santa broke my heart. pic.twitter.com/NWbum1rvaX— Nancy Cruz-Garcia 🇲🇽 (@Nancy_Cruises) November 22, 2020
The program is also the subject of a documentary called "Dear Santa," which will be out on December 4, 2020. People who want to be “elves” can adopt letters on December 5, 2020.
Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach’s parents both ended up divorcing and coming out as gay when he was younger.
Children can write to Santa at 123 Elf Road, North Pole, 88888. Letters should be sent through by December 14, 2020, and parents should make sure return addresses are clearly visible on the notes.
In 2016, Biola’s Talbot School of Theology spoke to Pastor Caleb Kaltenbach, an alumnus who is the lead pastor of a large church in Simi Valley, California. His parents both ended up divorcing and coming out as gay when he was younger.
In his viewpoint, and from his book “Messy Grace: How a Pastor with Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction,” he feels LGBTIQ+ people should be treated in a specific way. Kaltenbach urged Christians to stop just “tolerating” people from this community and get into meaningful relationships instead.