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, February 10, 2020

Opus 2020-034: Heroes and Valiant Men

This morning in my worship time this verse caught my attention,
(Isa 5:22 NAS77) Woe to those who are heroes in drinking wine, And valiant men in mixing strong drink;
I thought of our culture of drunks.  We might not admit it but we laugh at a lot of drunk jokes.  As I look through different internet sites I often come across guys who are bragging about how much they drink or how real men can put it away.  I have been around the guys and they all think that getting rip, roaring drunk is the sign of a great time.  They are heroes and valiant men by this measure.

I accept that alcohol might have a place.  It is common in all cultures.  The wine snobs are almost as obnoxious as the coffee snobs.  It is also one of the greatest sources of evil and destruction. 

One of the changes we need to see in America involves the casual drinking that goes on.  At best it is a temporary sedative.  More often it is a subtle poison.

Of course I offer these words of wisdom as someone who does not drink.  Consider the source.  You might also consider what the prophet Isaiah had to say.

homo unius libri

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