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.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Opus 2015-401: Salt, Not Tofu

It is time for the church to be salt again.  At times it feels like it is already too late.

Have you ever felt that way?  Society is falling apart.  Morals have been ignored and bypassed.  Ethics is a word for debate instead of a standard of behavior.  I feel that way on a regular basis.  I am currently reading Mark Levin’s Plunder and Deceit and his endless examples of government and elitist malfeasance is genuinely depressing.  I feel abandoned and helpess.

Good.  That is the way I am supposed to feel.  It may take a few more pillars of the community being arrested for doing and thinking like America used to do and think before we all wake up.  I am praying for a growing alarm.

Good, if we turn to the right solutions.  Historically that has been revolution and violence.  The result is almost always worse than the cause.  Look what Russia got when the Communists took over the revolution.  Look at France under the reign of terror.  America was one of the few exceptions.  We are now being dissolved as a free republic and transformed into an oligarchy. 

The only hope for this country is if the church goes back to being the church.  I have not finished Levin’s book yet.  I will.  I am in the last chapter and the big weakness I see is not his analysis of the problem but the solution he offers.  He is calling for the younger generation to wake up and get politically active.  That would be good, but if they don’t deal with the problem that caused it there will be no real change.  The problem is in the selfishness of the heart.  Levin refers to it in passing but whiffs his swing.

The church used to be prophetic.  It stood up in public and called down the demagogues of society whether they were political or religious.  They often went to jail or the stake for their impertinence but they spoke the words that moved society forward.  The church used to be salt, now it is just tofu.

Tofu takes on the flavor of the world around it.  Put it with fish and you have seafood.  Add chicken broth and you have something that tastes like frogs legs.  In reality it is neither fish nor fowl.  It is the chameleon of foods.  The church should be calling sin what it is and calling people to repentance.  Instead it is saying the Bible is wrong and society has a point and can’t we all just get along.  In fear of losing its place at the table and its tax exempt status the church is taking the lead in gutting the one defense we had against the wrath of God.

If you are one of those who are anti-Christian you need to do a little honest historical reading.  I don’t mean the distortions put together by modern liberals.  Ask yourself who was behind educating the masses?  Who started hospitals and orphanages?  Who lead the fight against slavery?  Who started things like the Boy Scouts? 

Give me salt.  Let the tyrants of the world keep their tofu.

homo unius libri


  1. Well said. I long for the hellfire and brimstone preachers of my youth.

    1. The part people forget is that those preachers offered an alternative and made the difference clear. Now the goal is to muddy the waters.

      Grace and peace.


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