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.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Opus 2015-118: Monday Pulpit: Both And

One of the points the pastor made on Sunday was that Jesus demands to be both Savior and Lord.  She (yes, she) pointed out how many people are quite happy to accept the forgiveness of God which is possible because Jesus died on the cross for our sins.  They are on board for that one.  The problem is that when it comes to the daily matter of obedience they yell, “Foul!”  They did not sign up for a life change, just fire insurance.

It doesn’t work that way.

The clear teaching of scripture is that you can’t have one without the other.  Unfortunately there are many people claiming to be Christians who refuse to act like one.  I see this on a regular basis at school.  I run into a fair number of children who will loudly proclaim that they went to church on Sunday and say blasphemous things about Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  I could live with that and not call their statements blasphemy if the next sentence didn’t contain vulgarity and profanity.  I could accept they were Christians if their life was not an open demonstration of defiance and lack of self control. 

Just because a toadstool calls itself a mushroom doesn’t mean it is edible. 

In most areas of behavior I don’t know how to evaluate the actions of followers of other religions.  I don’t know their beliefs well enough to know what is acceptable and what isn’t.  I think I do, but I concede I could be wrong.  But I do know what a Christian is.

They ain’t it.  A Christian doesn’t act that way.

homo unius libri

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