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, March 15, 2012

Opus 2012-59, The Power of Dead Trees

Recently our pastor was urging us to write our elected officials about the attacks on religious freedom that are today targeting the Catholic church but will tomorrow come for us all.  He urged us to write our representatives even if they won’t listen to us.  That is not the point I want to share.

He also said something that I have heard other places but is worth repeating:  Write, don’t e-mail.  A personal letter, on paper, written by hand carries a lot of weight.  The elected official knows that you have written it yourself and taken the time to address an envelope and buy a stamp.  To steal the phrasing of the diamond cartels, “Nothing says 'I’m watching you' like snail mail and the products of dead trees.”

Other forms of communication are almost useless.  E-mails can be forwarded with the click of a mouse.  They can be faked and sent out from long mailing lists.  The same is true of cards and petitions that you get from organizations trying to alert you to a cause.  I guess they are better than nothing but a penny is better than nothing, too.  It just won’t buy you much.

Don’t rely on your e-mail.  Don’t use your word processor.  Feel free to make mistakes when you write.  It tells them there is a real, concerned human being on the other end of the line.

homo unius libri

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