The Most Satanic Song Ever Written

My family was divided last week.

Soccer practice was at the same time as karate practice.

We planned on my wife taking my oldest son to karate while I took our youngest son to soccer.  The only problem with our otherwise brilliant plan was that my youngest son wanted his mom, not his dad, to take him to soccer.

It’s very humbling to hear your three-year-old son tell you that he’d rather you not go with him someplace.  As I saw it, my options were threefold.

1.  The Anger Option

“Well fine then, kid!  You can just walk to soccer practice. SMH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

2.  The Great Cave-In

“Whatever you want, son.  But I’ll be cheering you on, from a distance.”

3.  The Brick Wall

“Stop crying.  We’re going to soccer practice.”

I went with The Brick Wall option because I wanted my son to know that I love him, even when he doesn’t want me around.  I wanted him to know that true love isn’t something that can be switched on and off and that devotion isn’t practiced on our own terms.

Human history is littered with people’s attempts to enjoy God’s presence on their own terms.

Adam and Eve had perfect communion with God but tried to hide from him after they sinned (Genesis 3:8).

Jonah described himself as a Hebrew who feared the Lord (Jonah 1:9) even though he was on the run from that same Lord.  Only moments after uttering those words Jonah would try to kill himself just to avoid doing what God told him to do (Jonah 1:12).

Peter called Jesus, “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16) but denied that same Christ shortly before the crucifixion (John 18:25-27).

And today we love to hear sermons and songs about Jesus being with us “during the storm” or “through the journey” but we don’t much care for the idea of him being around when our most hated politician shows up on TV or our favorite team loses or the kids are going nuts.

We want God’s presence but we want it on our terms.

Thankfully, God’s grace is greater than our fickle devotion.

In Matthew 1:21-23, we see that Jesus came to earth with the promise that, “he will save his people from their sins” and that, “they shall call his name Immanuel (which means God with us).”

At the end of Matthew, after Jesus crucifixion and resurrection, he leaves his disciples with a similar word.

“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:20

I wonder what Peter thought when he heard those words.  He had to have been amazed that the God whom he abandoned promised to never abandon him.

And that brings us to one of the most Satanic songs ever written.

God is watching us.  

God is watching us.  

God is watching us.

From a distance.

How sweet.  While we’re blowing each other up and dying of cancer, God is watching.  From far away.

Thankfully, the Bible gives us a different picture.

God has no interest in merely watching us from a distance, even if we think that’s what we want.  We may wish that we could avoid his presence but his grace will not allow that.

He promised Adam and Eve that a Savior would come to crush the serpent who deceived them (Genesis 3:15).

He refused to allow rebellious Jonah to die at the bottom of an ocean (Jonah 1:17).

He restored Peter by gently reminding him of true love, devotion and mission (John 21:15-19).

And he refuses to look the other way while we sinfully reject or ignore his presence.

Instead, he lovingly corrects us (Hebrews 12:1-11).

Just like a father to a son.

A father who is always present, no matter what.