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.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Opus 2020-260 Fear Factored

It is so easy to drift into fear mode.  It could be the China Virus panic or the Election chaos but we have a tendency to succumb to fear.  

Intellectually I have no problem.  I accept that there is a virus but nothing I have seen makes me think it is any worse than the normal range of annual sickness.  What do I do in flu season?  Wash my hands, don’t visit people who are sick and get plenty of rest.  What do I do about the China Virus?  Samo-samo.  The recent experience of President Trump just reinforces that understanding.  And yet, emotionally the fear tactic keeps getting a foothold.  Just like my experience in talking with someone who is clever is deviant theology, I need to keep going back to what I know to be true and grab hold again.

Politically it is the same.  I listen to all the conspiracy theories.  I try to get an intelligent answer from a Democrat.  I hear the rumors.  I know they are going to cheat and violence is just a standard tactic.  I sometimes allow the fear tactic to get a foothold.  Then I have to remember how many people seem to understand and force myself to act like God is in control.  Does that mean Trump will be reelected?  No.  I can’t know the mind of God as He works in the politics of man.  What it does is remind me of the promises and those promises include providence in the time of trial as much as the time of celebration.

So, fear not if you have a genuine faith in God.  If you don’t then hope that the ones that do have a strong enough faith to carry the country through.  Remember that if Abraham could have found ten righteous men in Sodom then the fire would not have fallen.

(Gen 18:32 KJV) And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.
So look around you and count.  We don’t have the same promise of ten but God still has some people.

homo unius libri

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