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, November 29, 2013

Opus 2013-370: Firsts: Shopping on Thanksgiving

Did you violate the spirit of the holiday by going shopping? 

I do not mean did you have a medical crisis and need to get a prescription.  What I am referring to is the merchants’ making the monumental decision to open their doors on Thanksgiving.  This is one of those watershed moments that begin to change a culture.

There were two holidays that were still sacred, even to the profane.  Even those who do not believe in God celebrate Thanksgiving and those who believe Jesus is a silly children’s story get into the Christmas spirit.  Now one of those becomes just another shopping day, another finish-your-dessert-so-we-can-get-to-the-sales moment.

Have you ever complained about the materialism of Christmas?  Have you complained about the commercialism that markets Santa Claus and wise men?  Did you go shopping yesterday?  Were you tempted?  Would you have gone if no one would know?  Then welcome to the world of hypocrisy. 

If there were not so many stores that opened I would call for a boycott.  I have not heard yet, but I hope the day was a miserable failure.  I hope that the American people were horrified and repelled.  I hope they stayed home and enjoyed family and friends.  I hope but have little assurance.  I do know that if the people who called themselves Christians had refused to participate the day would have been a failure.

If this was a success then expect the same on Christmas.

homo unius libri


  1. I guess some shoppers were just showing their thankfulness for so-called sales. We drove around a little after the relatives left and things looked pretty dead around here, except for a few restaurants.

    1. Good. People need to be with families and the few without families need restaurants.

      Grace and peace.


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