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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, November 1, 2021

Opus 2021-307: Monday Pulpit: Trembling Fear

The pastor had just come back from vacation and did not appear to me to have had time to prepare what he was going to share.  I tend to get hyper-critical so it may have just been me, but it seemed like he was flying by the seat of his pants and they were the wrong pants for the passage he was looking at.

For some reason he got off on fear.  He said that if God is using you then nothing can touch you.  His point was that God can, and will, protect us in order to see His will done.  My issue was not with his basic statement.  It is true.  We can trust in His providence.

My problem is that we don’t live like it.  I looked around and everyone was nodding their head and a few were saying, “Amen.”  I asked myself, “Is this the same group that was wearing masks, sitting six feet apart, afraid to hug and refusing to shake hands?”  The answer was, “Yes.”  If that is the case we have a bit of dissonance.  I don’t know if it is cognitive dissonance but it is definitely dissonance.  

I find people who talk big about faith and trusting God getting all tense when they have a runny nose or cough more than once.  They get that wild eyed look and ask, “Is it the COVID?”  The brainwashing of the media, CDC and medical profession has taken hold even in people who know better.

Don’t get me wrong.  I wash may hands and have plenty of Lipton Noodle Soup on the shelf.  I also believe in having food stocked up and that you can never have too much ammunition.  I have no problem with being prepared and taking precautions.  The conflict is when we are afraid to be with friends and family or we get all tense about going out of the house.  We should remember that as the holidays approach.

If God wants us alive and frisky then we will stay alive and frisky.  If He has decided it is time for us to move on to eternity then no amount of social distancing or chemicals injected in our veins will make any difference.

Walk in faith, not in fear.

homo unius libri

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