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, July 26, 2012

Opus 2012-164, Sabbath Observations: Roots of the Weekend, Part 4, Don’t Thank the Teamsters

Our idea of a weekend and day off comes from the Sabbath.  It was not something instituted by organized labor and the progressive movement.  All they did was take the idea God gave and try to get credit for it.

Enjoy your weekend.  It is a gift from God. 

But beware of losing the blessing.  You may not have noticed but more and more businesses are staying open on Sunday.  When I was a kid you could not go shopping on Sunday.  I remember when Sears started staying open a half-day on Sunday.  It was a scandal to some and an opportunity to others.  Now most major stores are open on Sunday.  Most major food chains stay open on Sunday.  Some people think it is a civil right to be able to shop on Sunday.

One major fast food chain keeps locked up on Sunday:  Chick Fil A.  The owners make no bones about it.  They are Christians and they want their employees to be able to worship if they chose.  All of their stores are closed on Sunday.  They have run into legal problems over it.

If you are a business owner you need to think about this.  You may feel that you need to be open on Sunday.  Maybe, maybe not.  That is not for me to judge.  Do you really think that people need to be able to buy new shoes on Sunday?  Is ice cream seven days a week a proof of election?  Even more important, what about your health?  Are you making it a challenge for God to keep you healthy.  And what about your employees?

If you are an employee you need to think about this.  This is harder to deal with but not impossible.  Early in our marriage my wife needed to work.  She could not find anything in the area of her training so she worked as a waitress at a seven day restaurant.  People told her that she could not be a waitress and not work on Sundays.  She did work as a waitress and she did not work on Sundays.  She was not a brain-dead legalist about it.  One Sunday her manager called because he needed some extra help.  She told them to check around and if they really had an “ox in the ditch” she would come in.  He never called back. 
(James 4:2 KJV)  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
To be continued

homo unius libri


  1. I think we lost the blessing when we left the REAL Sabbath.

  2. And one point we often miss is that the lack of a blessing is not the same as a curse. Just because God removes blessings doesn't mean that life falls apart. It just isn't all it could be.

    Grace and peace.


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