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.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Opus 2013-177: Change and Crisis

Almost things that are important take place over time.  Very few things happen in one crisis.  Education, spiritual growth, physical growth, relationships such as marriage, they all take time to mature and develop.

Children don’t grow up overnight.  It may seem that way but it is because you haven’t been watching.  Rarely does one experience ruin or make a child.  Exceptions would be a trauma like abuse or molestation.  Because they are so serious I can’t think of any punishment severe enough for child molesters.  A parent having a bad day does not ruin a child.  Missing their senior prom does not ruin a child.  Over time these things might add up but it is not the single events that cause the damage.  It is the adults who have repeatedly failed that usually do the damage.

In spiritual issues it is not one boring sermon that drives away a seeking soul.  On the other side it is not one evangelistic appeal that draws them to faith.  I say usually because I am sure there are exceptions but most people make major decisions based on lengthy input and consideration.  They may not be aware of all the input but it is there.  It is like the sense of smell.  You don’t smell everything that gives an aroma.  That does not mean it is not there on some level.  The same with the input of the Holy Spirit.

Politics, the economy, your health; all change and develop gradually. 

To make every struggle a crisis that demands professional intervention is a ploy for control.  To blame people like teachers who have a student for a few months with damaging their self esteem is nothing more than manipulation.  When a child comes to me in eighth grade and cannot read it is a joke to blame me or expect some miraculous intervention on my part but it happens on a regular basis.  I am sure the same thing happens in the medical profession and economic circles.

I read somewhere a statement that goes something like this.
“If I can change your mind in one post the chances are someone else can change it back just as easy.”
I don’t believe I will change you.  I do hope I can make you think.  Gradually and thoughtfully.  That is, by the way, the only way you will change me.

homo unius libri


  1. This isn't tied to the spiritual partb of your message, but I've always said that consevatives don't espouse their views to change liberals, they put them out there hoping to sway the mindless masses in the middle just long enough to get their vote. Of course the same can be said for the liberals. What a pity our future is decided by those least committed to ANY one belief!

    1. Add to that the way in which informed people are dismissed from juries and the emphasis on diversity and multiculturalism. The mindless masses make their decisions based on the latest TV commercial.

      It is scary.

      Grace and peace.


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