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.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Opus 2015-236: On the Street: Helps to Happiness

I saw a billboard that said, “Money can’t buy you happiness, but a good bank will help.”

Funny.  I enjoyed it.  Then my mind went on a tangent.  I got to thinking about the old Beatles’ song, “Can’t Buy Me Love”.  I tried it in the billboard caption and banks can’t help in that area.  Then I wondered if the Beatles were right.  Maybe then, but I am not so sure now.

I would suggest in our current culture, money can buy us love and the reason is that our society has adopted a perverted, watered down meaning of “love”.  It is possible that one of the first strokes in that dilution was a cartoon series that declared, “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”  In reality that is the opposite of what love is.

Most popular uses of “love” today would not change their meaning if you substituted the words “lust” or “sex”.  Love today is a response to someone who gives us gratification.  This is not really new, but it has been accepted as the standard.

In our Western culture the real definition of love used to be rooted in the Christian concept of love.  The supreme Biblical passage is found in I Corinthians 13 which is called the love chapter.  It contains this verse in which “charity” means “love”.
(1 Corinthians 13:4 KJV)  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
If you have never read this chapter in the Bible, try to get around to it.

Money can buy 21st Century love.  What it can’t buy is 1st Century love.  The word in the Greek is agape.  It is one of five words in Greek for love and it was adopted by the Christian church to express the self sacrificing nature of God that we are expected to demonstrate in our lives.

Money can buy you love but it can’t buy agapeAgape is a decision powered by the grace of God and the support of the Holy Spirit. 

Agape can change the world.  All love does is break and mend hearts, sell candy and inspire songs.

homo unius libri

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