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, November 1, 2011

Opus 2011-306, On the Street: Halloween Hypocrisy

Last night I broke down and compromised.  I hope you can forgive me.  I gave out candy on Halloween. 

My family does not celebrate this pagan holiday.  I do everything to avoid participating.  I have all lights shut down that show to the front of the house.  I stay in the back.  I do not make my home inviting to the trick or treater’s.  I can’t remember ever giving out any candy in the 20+ years I have lived here.

In spite of all that some kids rang my doorbell at 8:30 last night.  If I did not think my wife was expecting someone I might not have answered it even then.  But I opened the door.  Three little faces were looking at me expectantly.  I really don’t think they wanted to hear my lecture on the evils of satanic holidays.  For them it was obviously a fun time.  They were dressed up as princesses and such.  So I said, “We don’t usually give out candy, but let me see what I can find.”  I found some bite sized Snickers and gave them each two. 

I was disappointed to break my string but I like to pick my battles.  Maybe they will remember that some don’t celebrate Halloween and wonder why.  Maybe they won’t.

I can live with that.

homo unius libri


  1. I think you did the right thing, all things considered.

  2. Thanks. In spite of my joking manner, your opinion carries weight here.

    Grace and peace.


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