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, October 24, 2012

Opus 2012-271, Discernment Watch: Before the Fact

Before the election we need a reminder of our priorities.  I want to offer this now when the election is still up in the air and either side could win.  It does make a difference who wins.  One side is more on the side of righteousness.  Don’t let that make you lose your sense of proportion.

We are blessed to live in a republic that has historically given us unusual liberties.  We have been able to speak, worship, associate and gripe with no fear of reprisal.  This is unusual in history.  We live in a bubble.  We are a blip on the history of humanity.  I rejoice in that.  My hope is not based on it.  My hope is bigger than any political party or movement.  My hope is in the saving blood of Jesus Christ and the sovereignty of God.

Recently we observed Pulpit Freedom Sunday.  I repeatedly hear Alistair Begg talking about how the kingdom of God is not dependent on any political party.  I believe we should be involved in politics but in reality it does not make an eternity of difference who wins in November.  If I am on the losing side, I am used to that. 

We tend to get carried away tying democracy and republics to Christianity.  In reality God’s kingdom can be built in almost any political atmosphere.  The Bible does not use the word “democracy.”  The church was born and flourished under the tyranny of Rome.  It is expanding under the dictatorship of Communist China.  It is not a matter of what the government is.  Our success is not based on our political situation but our hope in Christ. 

So before the results are in, cheer up.  I have read the book.  You should have read the book.  We know who wins in the end.

homo unius libri

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