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, March 4, 2012

Opus 2012-52, Mixed Blessings of Technology

Modern technology and its advances are making us weaker on the personal level.  Years ago you needed to constantly maintain your horse or mode of transportation.  You needed to feed him every day, curry him, check his hooves, etc.  On your wagon you needed to constantly keep an eye on things.  In the early days of autos you had to adjust your breaks, set the points, etc.  All required constant maintenance.  Now we can buy a car and drive it until it drops.  Repairs require a highly trained expert with computer equipment. 

We have allowed that lack of daily maintenance to come over into our personal lives.  Instead of understanding the importance of daily spiritual attention we think that once a month or less will do it.  We have the experts in charge.  In the army we had PM.  That stood for Preventative Maintenance.  You cleaned your rifle to keep it from getting rusty, not to remove the rust.  If it got rusty you had already lost the battle.  To switch metaphors, it is easier to keep clothes from getting musty than to remove the smell later.

We need to turn the clock back.  We need to realize that technology will not replace the daily discipline that makes us better people.  Righteousness is not a one time trip to the smog control station, it is the daily habit of good habits.  I remember a world class violinist saying that if he failed to practice one day, he could tell the difference.  If he put it off a couple of days other musicians would notice.  There came a point, I can’t remember what limit he put on it, where everyone noticed.

How long has it been since you humbled yourself before almighty God?  How noticeable is it?

homo unius libri


  1. I try to pray at least morning and evening. Sometimes more often I or others I know am having some sort of problem, or something especially good happens. Unfortunately, I DON'T read the scriptures enough!

  2. Do any of us read the word enough? It is a constant battle. I have found that getting up early is the only solution. Of course, that means going to bed earlier. Which means getting things done earlier...

    Grace and peace.


Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.