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, December 14, 2020

Opus 2020-311: Path to Restoration: Part 2 of 3, Revival

Laws are important.  They are not important because they work by themselves.  They are important because they show us the guidelines we need to follow.  The problem that our social engineers and well-meaning liberals don’t see is that the issue is the heart of man not the number of laws.  I remember working construction and seeing men who would tie back the guard on their circular saw.  I guess they figure they are too good to get careless.  Ask the ER room how that works out.  The guard is there to keep people from doing stupid things.  Of course we are very clever when it comes to being stupid.

We need to reform our society.  The question is, “How?”  The answer has to do with changing the inner man.  You can call it psychological, sociological, educational or whatever you want.  I prefer to call it theological so I will use the terms I am most familiar with.  I would use “spiritual” instead of theological but that is another one of the words that has been coopted by the Progressives* and the New Agers.  We need something different than more laws.  

We start with laws.  Even in the Bible we see that laws are important in spite of the fact Christians like to say we are under grace, not law.  The book of Romans has a long discussion of this issue but let me quote one verse that explains.

(Rom 7:7 KJV) What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
A child doesn’t know what is right or wrong but they can understand, “No.”  They don’t know that the electrical outlet can kill them.  They don’t know that running into the street can cause incredible pain and suffering.  They don’t know that the pills are not candy.  Toddlers don’t understand why showing the kitty you love her by picking her up by the head is rejected by the kitty.  You lay down the law.  Eventually they come to a place where they understand the issues.

We need to come to that place.  We have forgotten a lot.  We used to accept that sex outside marriage was wrong.  We used to understand that there were only two genders.  We used to pay lip service, shall we say, to the idea that lying was wrong.  Theft, whether by individuals or the government, was wrong.  We need to be reminded of something called sin.  We need to wake up to the reality of our sinful natures.  We need to have it explained to us that the only thing that will cure our natures is an act of God.  We need to be informed that God is willing to do that through Jesus.

The only hope we have is a genuine spiritual revival.  In the popular term being thrown around on video, we need a national “come to Jesus” moment.  This is not just something I come up with because I come from a Bible-believing Christian background.  It is a concept that was expressed by many of the Founding Fathers.  If you want to read some of their quotes you can take a look at an article at Mount Liberty College called “Without Virtue There Can Be No Liberty.”

Our government is in need of reform but reform will not really change anything unless the people running the government are changed.  A good government will not reform the country unless the people electing that government are changed.  The change is an inner one.  It can only happen if some outside force changes the way these people think and thus how they act.  The same need is present in those who are not in power.  As much as the phrase is used in jest, it really is a need to “come to Jesus”.  

The problem with the swamp is not the water but sin.  

*(Liberals, educators, socialists, communists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

To be continued...

homo unius libri


  1. I believe that we're in the beginning of the latter days, so I don't look for much change. (I know, I'm a regular Pollyanna! - lol)

    1. I find consolation in the knowledge that thee have been many generations who thought it was the end times. Maybe this time you are right. I am ready.

      Grace and peace


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