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, April 11, 2022

Opus 2022-122: Danger, Gurus Ahead

We need to beware of gurus.

I am not sure that all gurus set out to become gurus.  It often happens gradually.  They might not even be aware of their status.  It is possible in our interpersonal relationships that most of us become gurus to at least one person.  

My current dangers are Jordan Peterson, Eric Metaxas and Charlie Kirk.  They show up on my search lists.  They have a lot to say and much of what they say makes sense.  So I listen.  I hope I always listen with my brain engaged.  Part of listening is relating what you hear to what you already know, or think you know.

I think it helps to have a baseline for what we believe to be true.  For me that happens to be the Bible.  When I hear something that makes me squirm and feel uncomfortable I need to think about it in light of what I already know.  It is possible that they are poking their finger into an area that I have been afraid to visit or just have not thought about.  That can be exciting, depressing or just informative.

Gurus may change your thinking but it should not happen over night.  If you find yourself going through an instant change be careful.  If you think about it you might find that your thinking has been in flux for quite awhile and this is just the final stage.  That is well and good.  You might also find that you have been manipulated.  If so stand strong.

Growth happens.  Gurus can be a part of that.  Never turn your mind off.

homo unius libri

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