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.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Opus 2014-59: The Church of Obama

When Barak Obama was elected there was speculation on whether he was a Christian or not.  I believe he claimed to be at some point.  He went to a building weekly that had the word “church” in its name. 

Six years later there might be some that still think he is a Christian but there are even more that think he is a closet Muslim.  I don’t think he is either.  If narcissism was a religion I would probably make him the pope.  I don’t think there is enough evidence to push opinion in any other way.

I could ask the same question about many on the conservative side.  Think of George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter.  All have made claims and statements that would say they think of themselves as Christians.  Fortunately it is not for me to make the final judgment and I don’t have enough involvement with any of them to need to make a call.

How do you tell?  There is a line I have heard, “If you were put on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you.” 

Unless you are on the committee that decides to take someone into membership of your local church this is a question that we should be directing towards ourselves not toward others.  If you look at the favorite Bible verse today you see the same point being made.  You are all familiar with it,
(Mat 7:1 KJV)  Judge not, that ye be not judged.
You may have ignored the context.  The following verses don’t say you should never judge, just that you should judge yourself more severely.  It comes together in verse 5.
(Mat 7:5 KJV)  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
So don’t get stressed out about the faith of Barak Obama.  Look to your own house.

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