No,Virginia, God Isn't Like Santa Clause (I)

LeRoy Koopman

READ : Psalm 139:1-12

Do you remember the famous article, written in 1897, in response to a letter from Virginia, who asked about Santa Claus? For the next three days we’re also going to talk to Virginia. No, Virginia, God isn’t like Santa Claus.

It’s true, of course, that in some ways Santa seems like God. Santa is omnipresent; he’s found in every department store and then travels the entire globe in one night. Santa is omniscient; he “knows when you’ve been sleeping, he knows when you’re awake.” He’s got supernatural helpers reindeer who can fly.

Of course, we ought not to attribute to anyone else the characteristics that belong alone to God. But I have a deeper concern, Virginia. All too often we attribute to God the characteristics of Santa.

Take, for instance, the matter of His presence. Sometimes we think that God, like Santa, is an old man with a beard who lives in a white place far away, having little to do with our daily lives. The Bible paints a different picture. Wherever we go, said the Psalmist, God’s hand will lead us (v. 10). God is a present help in trouble (Ps. 46:1) and His Holy Spirit makes our bodies His temple (1 Cor. 6:19). We are called upon, in fact, to be in constant touch, to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). More tomorrow, Virginia.


Lord, may our relationship with You be an ongoing one, for You are right here with us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.