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.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Opus 2014-303: Is Santa a Cheap Rolex?

Santa Claus is the closest that most people will get to the concept of God. 

One of the omnipresent symbols of Christmas is Santa Claus.  There is a reason why he is so popular.  He falls into the same category as those diets that claim you can eat all you want, never be hungry and lose weight.  He is something that gives us all the rewards with none of the responsibility. 

He is a God replacement.  He is a fat free food.  He is a benevolent being that is able to hit every home in one evening, omnipresent.  A list of naughty and nice shows omniscience.  He answers any wish so he is omnipotent.  We also find grace because in their hearts most people know they have been generally naughty and yet get gifts anyway.  If we could just transfer that over to the God of the universe life would be wonderful.

Or we can keep pretending.  A $25.00 Rolex sold on the corner may look real, but it isn’t.  You may be able to fool people.  You may even forget yourself.  It still isn’t a Rolex.  It still isn’t under warranty.  It may not even keep accurate time.

Don’t believe the posters that say, “If you can dream it, you can be it.”  As an adult I know those posters are a lie.  I probably knew when I was a kid.  In my heart I knew I never really had a chance of being a Mousketeer.

homo unius libri

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