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.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Opus 2011-199, Immortal Quotes: “There but for the grace of God, go I.”

This is a quote that I have heard attributed to many different people.  A Google search seems to point toward John Bradford in the 16th century but it is a maybe, not a definite.

Either way, it is an important and humbling quote.  It reminds us that we are not creatures in control of our destiny.  An accident, another person, a moment of weakness, you name it, it can ruin your day and your life.  This reminds us that even with the best of planning, God is ultimately in control.

The idea of the grace of God reminds us of how we are often protected when we are not even aware of it.  God gives us second chances and blessings we do not deserve.  When we see someone suffering from cancer, losing a child, in a major car accident or any other tragedy we are to be moved with compassion not judgement.  It could just as easily have been us.  You aren’t an alcoholic?  You could have been.  You don’t have the diabetes gene?  It isn’t because of your brilliance.  You can’t walk and chew gum at the same time?  That isn’t your fault either.

Jesus reminded us that if we don’t forgive others, God will not forgive us.  We are to be motivated by the love and grace of God, not by our personal sense of worth.

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