God like Santa? Please no!

Recently I have been reading Brad Jersak’s book A More Christlike God.  In the book he critiques the notions of God as being like a doting grandfather, a punishing judge, a dead beat dad and Santa Claus.  Liam Neeson seems to have skillfully, and unwittingly, combined all 4 of these kinds of these projections of God into his Mall Santa audition. As we celebrate the birth of Jesus we remember his humble and fragile beginnings, we remember he came to bring peace on earth, and we remember he was a healer of lives and restorer of relationships.  So often images of God can leave us no better off than facing the capriciousness of a random, chaotic and cruel universe.  How does Jesus presence in the world change your view of God?