READ : Psalm 2
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way. . . . Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (v. 12 NIV)
As we near the end of this joyous month, I want to focus on the last place we expect to find God: twenty-first-century America. Writing in The Christian Century, John Buchanan lamented “the cultural captivity of Christmas.” He was referring to the way America has turned Christmas into a winter festival, a time of celebrating life, particularly the sporting life. (I counted five NBA games on TV last Christmas Day.) It’s a time of focusing not on the baby whom the prophets foretold, but on the profits generated by Christmas sales. Was it only a Christmas ago that our fixation on government filled the air with the names of Mitt and Obama rather than Jesus?
Can we expect to find God in this godless culture? Well, read Psalm 2 carefully today. I picked it because the Revelation 12 version of the Christmas story alluded to verse 9. The psalm is all about nations who rebel against God. It reminds us that God sits in the heavens and laughs at their childish rebellion. And it ends with the gracious but ominous invitation to “kiss the Son.”
What a powerful reminder that the God who laughs at attempts to de-throne him actually sent his Son from the throne to the manger for sinners. Where you’d least expect him—in a godless world—is exactly where you’ll find him.
In a rebellious nation, we take refuge in you, O Son of God.