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, July 18, 2021

Opus 2021-224: Noses and Welcome Mats

I was going through my morning priority of being thankful for my blessings.  I am in the final days of a bad cold and one of the things I am thankful for is the marvelous immune system that God designed.  It comes as standard equipment.  We all have it.  I am being healed as I write.

Being me, I am never willing to let well enough alone.  I started asking, “Why didn’t He design it to work a bit quicker?”  Why are we even susceptible to a virus or evil bacteria?  Why do we have tetanus?  Why did God make mosquitos?  Once you start down that line the questions become endless like a five your old asking, “Why?”

The target I seemed to be working toward is one that appears in so many discussions of why God did things a certain way:  Free will.  Why did God allow sin to be an option for Adam and Eve?  For the same reason that a robot dog will never be a true companion.  If you have no choice then the choice is meaningless.  In order to have a choice, you need options.  The system that the Communists use is not choice.  The system of open primaries that is becoming popular in blue areas does not allow choice.  For human beings, created in the image of God, real choices must exist.  That means that you can make the wrong choices.  That means in the material world things are going to go wrong.  Tires go flat.  Bolts give up the battle with metal fatigue.  Rain happens at the wrong times.

We are visiting our grandchildren.  If the door was equipped with a fancy door bell which said, “Welcome!” every time the button was pushed it would not even compare to a granddaughter pressing her nose against the window and squealing with delight at the sight of grandma and grandpa coming up the walkway.  

This principle is one of the reasons why welfare becomes so destructive when it becomes an entitlement instead of a temporary emergency plan.  Too often when you do something for someone that they can, and should, do for themselves, it weakens them.  The weakness is physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual.  You see this in the increasing number of spoiled brats inhabiting our world today.  Most of them are the children of privilege.  This is true even if their parents did not have a lot of money.  I would guess that a lot more food is wasted at a buffet than in a cafeteria.

God has given us free will and real choices.  It doesn’t always work out the way we planned.  It is better than the alternative.

homo unius libri

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