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.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Opus 2012-323, True Diversity

Recently I heard it again.  I head someone say, tongue in cheek, “Couldn’t we just get along?”  I can’t remember where I heard it.  Shades of Rodney King.  One remembers his sad plea in front of the news cameras.

Evidently not.  We never have.  We never will.

Remember the famous statement by Rahm Emmanuel, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”  He happened to be a Democrat and those of us on the right are indignant but I am sure that we have had our moments too.

Keep in mind certain combinations of names from our history such as Hamilton and Jefferson or Lincoln and Douglas.  How about Brooks and Sumner?  You may have never heard of them.  They were elected leaders.  Brooks was in the House, Sumner in the Senate.  Brooks walked into the Senate chambers and proceeded to beat Sumner with a cane.  He beat him until his cane broke. 

Human beings are not innocent wonderful creatures that just need a few burrs rubbed off the edges.  We are inclined toward evil.  That is why we celebrate Christmas:  The world needed something, or Someone, who could deal with that tendency toward evil.

His name was Jesus.  He told us to turn the other cheek, to forgive, to go the extra mile.  His grace makes it possible.

Will we ever get along?  Probably not, at least not in the present world.  But I have hope that when the crisis gets bad enough and the politicians get evil enough people will turn to the Source that can make a difference.

Merry Christmas.

homo unius libri

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