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, April 13, 2014

Opus 2014-89: Hypocrisy in the Church, part 2 of 2

People stay away from church because they don’t like it.  It is like eating vegetables.  Most people will acknowledge that vegetables are good for you.  Their children are forced to partake.  They still leave them on their plate.  People don’t want what is good for them, they want what tastes good.  In a perfect world you will have both but that requires time and application. 

They don’t always reject vegetables because they hate them.  Often they have never tried them.   They know they don’t like but it is by default setting, not experience.  Some have never had veggies prepared well.  Broccoli is often a whipping boy.  Many people have never tried it.  If you get it in a trendy restaurant it is barely cooked and has no salt.  One taste of politically correct broccoli is enough to last a lifetime. 

You can take broccoli and smother it with cheese.  Everyone likes it that way but it sort of defeats the purpose of eating broccoli.  I personally like broccoli but I recognize there is nothing anyone can do to make broccoli something some people would want to have if their minds are made up. 

For me the ultimate evil is liver.  My mind is made up.  I am not open to experiments.  At least in my case it is based on experience.  Some people are so resistant that there is no way they will like something.  Liver does that to me.  I admit it.  I try other things.  It took me three attempts at menudo to concede it was not for me. 

Some people are that way about church.  They have multiple reasons for avoiding it.  They are so resistant to God that the Holy Spirit cannot get them to respond.  They want to be the gods of their own lives.  This was the selling point in the Garden of Eden.
(Gen 3:5 KJV)  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
The problem is not always the church.  The problem is sin.  Sometimes that is in the church as well.

Quit trying to water down the gospel because most people don’t want to hear anyway.  If they want a social club they can go to the megachurch down the street.  It has everything they want and little of what they need.  If you refuse to be the church then everyone loses.  You are a nothing but a hypocrite. 

Let the church be the church and the spa be the spa.

homo unius libri

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