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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, November 18, 2016

Opus 2016-307: Discernment Watch: GMO Worship

I wonder if people who are worried about GMO are as worried about seeker friendly worship.

The GMO Apocalypse crowd are worried about our food sources becoming malignant because the genetic makeup of the DNA has been altered.  For instance, it might look like a tomato but in order to make it grow quicker some crazy scientist has grafted in the DNA of a pig.  So are you eating a tomato or are you eating a pig?  This could be an important question to a Jew, Muslim or Vegan.  It could also be an important question to the rest of us. 

The question is a good one.  When corn is genetically modified does it damage us in ways we won’t see for generations?  I am not sure it is a matter of basic health.  For all of the fears expressed about so many things, people are living longer.  It also seems to me as a public school teacher that they are getting dumber, but that might just be old age on my part.  Do you blame it on GMO, Common Core or Sesame Street?  Maybe all of the above.

So we have concerns about our food because we are playing Russian roulette with the basic makeup. 

Why are we not concerned about the GMO worship that we see.  Our fearless leaders in the church are concerned about being “seeker friendly”.  They don’t want anyone feeling uncomfortable.  They want to adapt the church to our culture.  They are doing an effective job of adaptation.  We don’t hear much about sin but we do hear about diversity.  We don’t hear about reconciliation with God but do hear about reparations for anyone who can find a grievance.  We reject the clear teachings about marriage and grab hold of whatever the latest cool vibe is on the slippery slop of the thrill seeking elites.

Might I suggest that we face the same danger in our spiritual lives that we face in our diet.  When you monkey with the building blocks established by God you take risks that could be very serious.  You might also make things better.  It is best not to go forward blindly using expedience and popular opinion to set the standards.  In vegetables a little testing can find out if something is dangerous.  Feed it to a few generations of rats.  If they start growing two heads you know you have a problem.  In the church you have some clear standards in the Bible that need to be followed or you risk eternal damage.  I feel like I am seeing a lot of spirituality with two heads.

Sometimes in a raging storm you paddle faster.  Sometimes you drop an anchor.  Sometimes you head for shore.  Some times you inflate your life vest.  Sadly, sometimes you die.

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