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.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Opus 2014-46: Cornerstone Considerations: D of I, Truths: A Fair Chance

One of the lessons that comes through to me every year I teach is the danger of judging on outward appearance and first impressions.

Outward appearance is a source of information.  It does tell us something about a person but it is only part of the story.  First impressions are often correct but you can’t take it to the bank.

I think of the girls in my class.  Some are stubby and will never even be considered attractive.  Some are attractive and seem to have a lot going for them.  There is no correlation between their looks and how they do in class.  I think of two that sit next to each other.  Both are very plain and overweight.  One is loud, obnoxious and failing.  The other quiet, focused and getting an “A.”  The same applies to the boys but with different adjectives. 

When you look at things like ethnic background, nation of origin, religion, address or clothing style it is easy to fall into stereotypes based on our past experience.  We cannot do that.  We must respond to people based on who they are as a person, not as a category. 

It is the Christian way.
(Gal 3:28 KJV)  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
It is the American Way.
“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness...”
No other country has that as a guiding principle.  It is up to us to make it a reality.  Daily.

homo unius libri

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