May 2, 2011 § 1 Comment
The entire creation is God’s sanctuary (Psalm 114). God’s acts of deliverance turn land and sea into the dominion of His presence. Everything and everybody belongs to God. With belonging comes transformation: “the rock (turns) into a pool, the hard rock into springs of water” (114:8). We read this Psalm on a day that the world congratulates the USA for removing the mastermind behind so much evil in the world over the last more than a decade. Many rejoices in the victory, and there is a sense of justice being done. Indeed, in the ugly face of terrorism, for many the killing of Osama bin Laden feels like an act of deliverance from God. But a Christian response takes us beyond these victories on the battle fields of the world’s power struggles. We pray for God’s world to live into its status as God’s sanctuary in which the transformation of God’s salvation in Christ is real. It seems an obvious fact that the world will be a better place without Osama bin Laden, but will it break the cycle of violence and bring about the transformation needed for peace among the Peoples of this world in the presence of the One to whom this world belongs? On a day like this, we pray for rocks to turn into springs of water as we anticipate God to deliver us from evil.