Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Opus 2011-42, Who’s Your Guru, Baby

Americans seem to need gurus.  They need authority figures to tell them what to do in their lives.  We all have read or heard of “Dear Abby.”  We have listened to or heard of Dr. Laura.  Everywhere you turn we look for gurus.  When we were raising our children we used to listen to Focus on the Family and read all of James Dobson’s books.  When I get the catalogue from Christian Discount it has page after page of “favorite authors” telling us how to pray, raise children, have a perfect marriage and so forth.

I download a podcast called The Survival Podcast.  I might actually get to listening to one a week.  The host, Jack Spirko, is one of those guys who can be very informative or very irritating.  Some topics he knows a lot, others very little, but he can give opinions on either.  Check it out if you are interested in that kind of program.  What got me going the other day was a comment he made.  I don’t remember what the topic was.  I think he was answering a listener’s question but he said, “It’s either going to effect us really drastic, or not at all, or somewhere in between.”  He covered the entire spectrum of opinion and acted like he was giving insight that should be listened to.  Gurus get away with such foolishness.  In his defense, he may have been taping the show while he drove to work, but I thought it was amusing.

I have people who could come close to being gurus.  I think of C.S. Lewis and John Wesley.  I read and think about what they have to say.  In one way, though, they do not qualify.  I run everything they say through my Bible filter.  The only guru I want is Jesus.  The only book that I feel has the final word it the Bible.  I don’t mean that in an arrogant, “I am a perfect disciple and you aren’t” sense.  I mean that is my goal.

So listen to Rush or Keith, whichever way you swing, and enjoy them, but always run what they have to say through your Bible filter. 

Beware of Gurus.

homo unius libri

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Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.