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, February 15, 2015

Opus 2015-41: More or Less

What’s wrong with you?

What’s wrong with me?

For that matter, what is wrong with the world?

A number of answers are popular today.  Poverty is often cited.  If people just had more wealth they would become noble creatures.  Violence would stop. 

The list goes on.
Lack of education
The “isms.”  Racism.  Sexism. 
The “phobias.”  Homophobia.  Islamophobia. 
Why are these so popular?  Because they put the cause of the problem on someone else.  We become victims.  We are not responsible so we do not need to change.  All of these require others to change but not me.  For instance, the problem is not Muslims being violent, it is people being afraid of Muslims.  It is not the student who refuses to learn, it is the curriculum. 

Sorry to burst your bubble, the problem with the world is sin.

I know that sounds like medieval superstitious mumbo-jumbo to many but it fits all the situations. 

The problem is not in society.  If it were, the Soviet Paradise would have been a place that people, other than the useful fools of the media, would have been flocking.  You would have needed a wall to keep people out instead of making a national prison.  People would have been happy and prosperous instead of living in fear and poverty.  There would have been lines at the movie theaters instead of the bread store.

The problem is not education.  We have college degrees behind every McDonald’s counter and Ph.D.’s working at Walmart.  The skid rows of large towns are full of people with the qualifications to be doctors and lawyers. 

In every place that has failure and misery you find an excess of self centeredness and me-firstism.  This is a good example of the results of inner and outer sin.

I don’t expect to change your mind today but put that in your hopper and let it churn a bit.  Don’t reject it just because it is an idea that has been around a long time.

homo unius libri

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