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, February 7, 2021

Opus 2021-074: Hope and Despair

One of the types of preachers that seem to be able to draw big crowds are what are referred to as the “name it and claim it” brand.  One of the problems with understanding the Bible is that an unscrupulous quoter can make a case for a lot of bizarre teachings.  There are verses that give the idea that there is nothing for true believers except wealth and health.  

Then there are all the other teachings that have to be taken into consideration.

As I was wondering about the future of our country in light of all the fascist moves by the Democrats and their cronies, I came across a passage in the 73rd Psalm that made me feel like Asaph, the author, was living in 21st century America.  I won’t bore you with all of it but let me give you a few verses for flavor.

(Psa 73:8-9 KJV) They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.  They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.
Asaph then reminds us to get the long range view, which is certainly the view an eternal omniscient God would have.  He points out that God is still in charge,
(Psa 73:2526 KJV) Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.  My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
God continues to give us strength and guidance.  This is why I can keep getting up and not live in despair.  

There is also a warning,
(Psa 73:27 KJV) For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
Our political liberty may be on the trash heap.  It may look like the wicked, if you will excuse the term, are on a roll.  We are reminded that God will be the final decider.  

Hang in there if you are a believer.  Hang in there if you are not a believer but make sure you are not numbered among those who will perish.

homo unius libri

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