I wonder just how often I treat God as though He were Santa Claus instead of the Maker of the Universe. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the jolly old man in the red suit.
Umm, pardon me? What was that? Santa Claus?
I wonder just how often I treat God as though He were Santa Claus instead of the Maker of the Universe. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the jolly old man in the red suit. I’m a big fan actually, and long may his magical spirit live, but let’s not confuse the EVERLASTING FATHER with Father Christmas.
It seems to this observer that too many of the “God-fearing” folks in our nation fall into this habit of expecting God to be Santa, and I admit I’m sometimes one of them.
We Americans are big on rights and liberties and the freedom to do as we please with our lives, thank you very much! We don’t really want a Sovereign Lord who claims His authority and expects certain things of us. We prefer a plump grandfather whose only stipulation is that we are not naughty but nice. Or worse, we want a sort of vending-machine Being who will spit out the expected treat once we have punched the buttons. We have dreams and desires and wants and plans, and God better have the good sense to go along with our plans! God is there to fulfill my dreams for my life and to serve me! Oh….wait a minute. That’s not right is it? Hmmm…oh yes, now I remember – I’m supposed to serve Him.
Those names, KING of KINGS, LORD of LORDS, RIGHTEOUS JUDGE…they clearly tell us that God is the one in charge. He sits on the highest throne, and no one can vote Him out of office or kick Him off the island! I owe Him all that I have and all that I am every single day of my life. And WISDOM knows that my heart needs to praise Him, and my soul needs to be owned by Him. Yet I foolishly resist His authority and deny His Kingship more often than I’m willing to admit.
How silly of me! How stupid of me, actually! (Why do I forget that my life is in His hands whether I acknowledge it or not?) This is no ordinary Sovereign. He does not ask me to do anything more than what He has already done, which is to love…to serve…to forgive…to proclaim…to testify to the truth. He knows intimately well what frail stuff I am made of and promises to supply me with His own strength so that I can carry out the task required of me. This KING truly deserves my perfect allegiance because He perfectly loves me.
To subject myself to His rule is to satisfy my soul forever.
If we are reluctant to call Him LORD, if we are afraid to bow our hearts before Him, could it be because we have forgotten, or perhaps never rightfully understood in the first place, who He is?
He is no tyrant. No egomaniacal, power-hungry, cold-hearted ruler bent on our oppression.
No – His other names are GOOD SHEPHERD, LAMB of GOD, MORNING STAR, PRINCE of PEACE, WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR. EMMANUEL. He is the King who elected to lay His glory down in order to save His people. It’s “The Prince and the Pauper” on a sublime scale, for our Prince willingly took our place, took our punishment and gave us our freedom…all out of love for us. The reason we now rightfully owe Him everything is that He bought us back with His own blood!
Our ransom was too steep for us…impossible for us to pay. But we are beloved to Him, so the price must be paid! And it began that holy night in Bethlehem when the ALPHA and OMEGA stepped into time as a child and unveiled our redemption. We, His precious children, have been rescued from ourselves by the LIGHT of the WORLD. He deserves our faithful obedience and ceaseless praise!
Glory to the Newborn KING!
Jennifer Hartline is a Catholic Army wife and stay-at-home mother of three precious kids who writes frequently on topics of Catholic faith and daily living. She is a contributing writer for Catholic Online.
© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2014
Refugees: That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.
Oceania: That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Christmas / Advent News
- Tuesday, July 22 - Homily - Mary's Perpetual Virginity
- Monday, July 14 - Homily: St. Bonaventure the Seraphic Doctor
- Tuesday, July 1 - Homily: The Precious Blood and the Virtue of Modesty
- Central American sugar cane workers perishing from rare kidney disease
- Papyrus that suggests Jesus was married is genuine, but it still doesn't prove much
- Billions seized in China's biggest corruption scandal in six decades
- May We Be Counted as Oxes and Asses before Jesus
- Reflections on the Closing of the Season of Advent
- Mary Jo Matthews on Christmas Memories
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?