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.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Opus 2016-202: Critical Thinking Skills

It is really easy to get carried away when evaluating other people.  Jesus warned us about the tendency when He uttered what has become the mantra of millennials, “Judge not”.  The problem He was addressing was the way in which we are critical of the faults of others while we ignore our own weak points.  It would be like a blind man criticizing the hearing of a deaf man. 

What areas do I find a need to practice humility?  What areas do I find myself being critical when I don’t have a leg to stand on?  The problem is that we rarely see our own weak spots because, well, they are weak spots.  So where do I start feeling self-righteous?

I start feeling holier than thou when I see people who have not lost weight.  I watch them struggle to walk or driving their little electric carts.  I am probably a bit jealous because the electric carts look like fun.  So far I have been able to ignore that fact that my weight continues to creep up.

I feel very spiritual when I see people watching TV.  I don’t watch TV and that makes me superior.  Of course my wife, who does watch TV, points out that I spend a lot of time on my computer and when she catches me with a You Tube segment wants to know what is the difference between that and TV. 

That brings up another point of superiority.  I don’t answer stupid questions, specifically questions that question my superiority. 

I am sure that other people are aware of many other areas I need to develop humility.  For the moment I have enough to work on.

homo unius libri

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