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.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Opus 2012-1, Discernment Watch: Why No Complaints?

As you all know many writers have many concerns about the celebration of Christmas on December 25, or January 6 if you are Orthodox.  The date is arbitrary, no question about that.  It coincides with the winter solstice and the Roman Saturnalia, among other events.  It is shrouded in pagan symbolism, such as Christmas trees. 

Now my question:  Why don’t we have the same complaints about New Year’s Day?  I am sure that the roots are just as arbitrary.  It is just as rooted in paganism as Christmas.  It is a time of excess and commercialism.  Why not the same groundswell of dissent?  Maybe it is out there and I just missed it.

I can think of two possible reasons, both a reflection of the spiritual battle we are in.

First, it is not a religious holiday, at least for Christians.  It may be spiritual for pagans.  For believers it is purely cultural.  Since we do not pretend it is Christian we do not pontificate against it.  Since we do not spend a lot of time attacking the pagans we don’t make it a big point.  We look at it as a road-marker to stop and contemplate.  It is a pause to think.

Second, it is not a religious holiday.  I know that is the same but for a different reason.  Christmas, however you want to attack it, was established by the church to celebrate a moment in history where God broke in and began the march to the cross.  It may have been influenced by pagan symbols and corrupted by greedy children lusting for toys, but the purpose is to celebrate the incarnation.  For that reason the pagans, heathen and atheists of the world have an inbred hostility to it.  They must do all they can to either destroy it or dilute it.  Since New Year’s Day has none of those associations they are happy to let it meander without malice.

Enjoy the day.  You can still say “Happy New Year” without being attacked.  If you want to make it stealth, then you could sneak in the “B” word and make it “Blessed New Year” or start of with the standard and say “Blessings” instead of “good luck.” 

Have a Blessed New Year serving the Blessed One.

homo unius libri


  1. HAPPY NEW YEAR! God bless you.

  2. And here I thought I was the only one who stirred things up! Have a happy 2012 and may God bless you richly.

  3. Thanks JT and blessings to you and yours.

    Georges, I consider myself stir crazy.

    If He blesses me much more I may think I have died and gone to heaven.

    Grace and peace, brothers.


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