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.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Opus 2014-55: Rationalization

In a sermon Alistair Begg commented about how we ask for wisdom but, if we get wisdom that doesn’t agree with what we want to hear, we ignore it.  How true.  We are really good at finding reasons not to do what we know is right.  I think the term I learned in college was “rationalization.”

We make a lot of choices.  We make exceptions for ourselves and demand high standards from others.  How often have you seen an obnoxious person complaining about the service they receive?  How would the morning drive be if everyone drove like you?  How crowded would the restaurant be if everyone stayed as long as you?

This is not acceptable for followers of Jesus.  You have seen the signs that say, “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.”  Too many church attenders seem to be saying, “We reserve the right to refuse service to Jesus.”

It doesn’t work that way.  That is why we are told to turn the other cheek and go the extra mile.  That is why we are commanded to be concerned about the other guy more than ourselves.

That is wisdom.  You may not like it but don’t take it up with me.  Talk to the guy who gets the red letters in your Bible.

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