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.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Opus 2020-159: The Lion in the Street

I have a word for those of you who are agnostic, atheistic, pagan and so forth:  Fear.

I have an addition to that for those of you claiming to be Christians:  Fear God.

There is not only an eternity of difference, but a world of difference.

As a Christian I am aware that there are diseases out there that can get you.  That has been true my entire life.  I have had a few of them.  I have walked past innumerable others unscathed.  It is not a matter of luck it is a matter of something called Providence.  God made me.  He made you too, even if you don’t acknowledge it.  When he designed me it was like the modern day Lexus or whatever car you think is uber reliable.  He put in all the filters, warning lights, backups and overrides that were needed to guarantee almost flawless performance.  What happens if I cut myself?  “Got that,” God tells me.  I later learn about clotting factors, antibodies and white blood cells.  They were there all the time.  When my body is invaded by nasty germs God says, “Got you covered.”  And so forth.  Do I worry about getting sick?  I guess.  Do I allow that to make me walk in fear.  Hah!

As a generic pagan you have none of those assurances.  So, yes, walk in fear.  The virus is out to get you.  So are the hundreds of other viruses out there.  There is tetanus waiting and strep throat.  Food poisoning is right behind you and toxins in your water are looking for a hole in your filter.  In addition to that your government is full of people who would like nothing more than to control every aspect of your life.  Fear.

Wash your hands.  I do that.  I could even document that in the Bible.  There is nothing wrong with common sense but don’t worry about the unicorns.  Maybe a better example is lions.  I love this passage in Proverbs.
(Pro 26:13 KJV) The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
I am not accusing you of being a sloth; just reflecting on how fear can cripple.

homo unius libri

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