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 18, 2014

Opus 2014-310: On the Street: Freedom and Christmas

I like a variety of Christmas music.  As I write the secular song, “Caroling, Caroling” is being sung by Nat King Cole.  I have Reba doing things country style.  I have a capella songs loaded with theology.  I even like “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree” which seems to be panned by so many self appointed music critics.  I call listening to “Percy the Puny Poinsettia” my contribution to diversity. 

What I don’t like is the way in which it is being watered down.  On a trip to the airport in a shuttle van I was locked in the back seat for almost two hours.  The driver had on a station that was playing all Christmas music, even before Thanksgiving.  At first I enjoyed it but I began to notice a pattern in the music.  Until I was getting out at the airport and “Little Drummer Boy” came on there was not one song that got to the real reason we have the season.  The station manager had taken it upon himself to make sure that those pesky Christians didn’t get too much air time.

They have that right.  It is a free country.

They also need to understand that I have an I-Pod and a car stereo that will play music from a flash drive.  I don’t need to listen to their freedom.  So far I can exercise my own.

I don’t go to Target because they have banned the Salvation Army.  They have the right.  It is a free country.  This week when I went to Walmart they not only had the bucket and bell ringer but a brass combo playing Christmas music.  I plan to exercise my economic freedom to benefit those who support my values. 

Keep your eyes open and vote with your dollars.

homo unius libri

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