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 7, 2012

Opus 2012-32, The Touch of Sin

(Genesis 1:3-4 KJV)  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

God made it.  It was good.  We see this pattern through the creation account.  What happened?  Sin.  Capital “S.”  Singular.  Condition not actions.

Sin corrupts all that it touches.  The condition produces the actions which corrupt, rot, tarnish and rust.

You have heard people comment that if it is fun, it is wrong.  The attitude seems to be that all of the fun, exciting and enjoyable things of life are sinful.  Not really.  In their original form they were created by God and they were good.  It is the self-centered attitudes and manipulation of people that make the things God created into tools of sin.

The act of marriage, sex, is transformed into pornography, prostitution, rape.  God created and blessed marriage with the idea that two people could know an awesome oneness.  It was such a powerful picture that the relationship between Christ and His church is described as a marriage relationship.

What happened?  Sin.  Instead of being a giving relationship under the covenant of God, sex became a means of self-gratification, exploitation and manipulation.

The glorious, satisfying savor of food is transformed into gluttony, heart disease, obesity.  God ordained that everything, except the tree of knowledge, was to be eaten and enjoyed.  Later, after the flood, meat was added to the diet.  Feasting was a part of the ritual of Israel.  Jesus was accused of being a glutton.  What went wrong?  Sin.  We now indulge on “comfort foods.”  We eat when we are lonely, when we are angry, when we are sad, when we are bored.  The word is not satisfaction but satiation. 

Stimulating conversations are turned into gossip, slander, pugnaciousness.

Think about it.  Almost anything that is considered a problem was once a blessing.  Everything that sin touches is degraded.

The good news is that God can turn it around.  Remember this familiar verse:
(Romans 8:28 KJV)  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Why not start to change the world by loving God and being called according to His purpose?

homo unius libri

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