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.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Opus 2012-246, Here Lies the Politician

I am constantly shocked by the ability of people to lie.  I shouldn’t be.  I deal with 8th graders who never met a lie they did not like.  It is second nature to them.  Actually, it is first nature to them.  They lie about little things.  They lie about big things.  They lie about in between things.  You can assume that if they are speaking they are telling a lie. 

Do I sound cynical and jaded.  I am not.  I am realistic based on the experiences I have had.  When I leave school I listen to the adults of the world.  Some are on the radio and TV.  More lies.  Some are in the print media.  More lies.

This is nothing new.  I was recently reminded of Ananias and Sapphira.  They sold some land and claimed that they had donated the money to the church to help the poor.  Actually they only donated part.  The problem was not in keeping part for themselves.  The problem was in saying they gave it all.  They lied.
(Acts 5:3-4 KJV)  But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?  Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
Why do they lie to me when they are sure to be caught?  Why do they say they have no gum in their mouth when it is hanging out the corner?  They were trained to be this way.  Their parents often believe anything they say because they don’t want to be bothered with moral education.  The school continues the pattern. 

The pattern has consequences, now and later.  Now it breaks down the foundations of society.  If you can’t believe someone what kind of life can you build?  How can you conduct a business,  marry, get along with your neighbors or even order dinner in a restaurant if honesty is gone?

It has eternal consequences.  It crossed my mind that so many of us are used to lying and getting away with it that we think we can lie to God.  We think that God is as dumb as our eighth grade history teacher.  We think we can con our way out of Hell. 

If our eternity is not in the balance, why worry about doing the right thing now.

Honesty should be taught.  Dishonesty should be punished.

Apply it where you like but remember November is coming.

homo unius libri


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.