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.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Opus 2011-184, Christian Cliches: My Brother’s Keeper

People use certain phrases to escape responsibility and accountability.  One of those phrases is “Am I my brother’s keeper?”  Most people use it expecting an answer of “No.”  The actual answer is “Yes.”

In the Bible, in the book of Genesis, we have the story told about how Cain killed his brother Abel.  He did it in a fit of jealous rage.  It was totally unjustified.  Then God got into the picture.
(Genesis 4:9 KJV)  And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?
Cain knew what had happened to Abel.  God knew what had happened to Abel.  The scenario here is to get Cain to face up to his sin. 

As in so many places in the Bible, we don’t know how the story would have played out with a different response.  What would have happened it Cain had said, “Lord, I have sinned.  I killed my brother Abel.  I am undeserving and can only ask for your mercy.”  Would grace have been extended?  Would the course of history have been changed?  Think of other places where repentance could have changed things.  What would have happened if Judas had repented?  What about Simon the magician? 

What about you?

So often we go through life in denial.  We are victims.  It is the other guys fault.  One phrase I found myself using tongue in cheek yesterday was, “I am a helpless pawn in the hands of fate.”  I respond that way too often.  I think that way even if I don’t say it.  How would my life be different if I would instead say, “I am a helpless sinner in the hands of Almighty God.”

What about you?

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