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, June 8, 2014

Opus 2014-133: Fast Food and Freedom

Some of us need the restrictions of rules and regulations; all of us some times;  some of us all the time.

In one of his sermons Alistair Begg shares how he struggled with math.  He could understand how to do a specific problem but could never seem to grasp how the bigger principles applied to the entire math world. 

There is a good possibility that all of us have areas of our life where we will never get the big picture or the principles of how things will work.  There are many possibilities of why.  Some may not care to know the big principles because the principle of “me” is all they care about.  Some may be immature and developing.  They will get there some day.  Some may be to limited in their mental equipment. 

It may be there are some people who need a legalistic structure because they need people to tell them in each specific case what to do.  Making mature decisions is hard to do.  It requires mental effort as well as an understanding of how life works.  Often it is easier to just have someone else make the decisions.  I can decide what to eat at In-n-Out much quicker than I can at Cracker Barrel.  In-n-Out has the choice of a hamburger, cheeseburger or double-double.  I also get to choose fries or not.  Cracker Barrel has multiple pages with variations on each theme.  There is a reason why one is called fast food.  Most of the thinking is done before I hit the parking lot.

Even eating out is a sign of releasing responsibility.  It is easier.  To eat at home it is necessary that someone go to the grocery store and make many selections, haul it in the house, store it, make more selections when it is time to prepare, cook making decisions and then you need to decide on portions.  Freedom is a burden.  That is why so many are content to allow the Nanny State a growing power over their lives.

Freedom demands.  Liberty demands responsibility. 

homo unius libri

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