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.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Opus 2013-350: The Jets, Mark Driscoll and P.J. O’Rourke, part 1 of 3

It is a great day when you find three radically different sources agreeing.

First, we have the Jets.

If you are old enough you remember the musical, West Side Story.  One of the musical numbers has the Jets singing to Officer Krupke.  They dance and sing about how so many experts have tried to figure out why they are such hoodlums.  After going through all of the explanations that have been given for their anti-social behavior by psychologists and social workers they came to a timeless conclusion.
“Deep down inside we’re just no good.”
Today that is rejected.  Then it was obvious.

One of the foundational concepts that has molded our culture is the view of the nature of man.  Is man basically good or bad?  If he is good, why do things go bad?  If he is bad, can he become good?  How?  These questions are at the root of our social institutions and are ignored by most people.  We don’t want to deal with it.  It strikes too close to home and might demand changes in us.

The United States as a nation was founded on the basic idea that man was evil and needed God’s intervention to do good.  That is why we have checks and balances in the Constitution.  The current cultural leaders in education, science, the arts and government reject that founding philosophy.  They believe that man is good naturally but has been corrupted by society.  By society they mean people who disagree with them.  That would be me and, I hope, you.

If you are a Christian then you have no choice really.  You must believe that man is sinful.  It is a clear teaching of the Bible.
(Romans 3:23 KJV)  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
The Jets knew it.  Do You?

To be continued...

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