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.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Opus 2014-87: On the Street: Family Dynamics

Or not.

I am sitting in the breakfast area of a Hampton Inn.  My wife loves the amenities.  They do a great, full breakfast.  My kids are grown and gone.  My wife is enjoying cable TV in the room.  I am drinking coffee, eating bacon, writing and posting.  Out of the corner of my eye I saw two small round faces intent on something behind me.  I did not need to turn around to see that the TV was on.  We see this every day. 

It is a national disease.  It is one of the reasons the kids in our country are losing their cutting edge.

The problem was not watching TV.  Let me add three things.  The father was sitting with them staring at the same screen.  The volume was totally down.  They were watching a cartoon called Spongebob Squarepants. 

Put it together.  A father is traveling with his two little girls.  They are at breakfast in a strange town.  All they can do is stare at a TV screen that they cannot hear.  Whatever happened to parent/child communication?  Did it ever exist in this family?  Will this father be saying, “Where did I go wrong?” in a few years.

I could tell him now.

Talk to your kids.  Turn off the TV.  Do it while there is time.

homo unius libri


Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.