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.

Friday, July 1, 2022

Opus 2022-188: The Problem with Bedrooms, part 1 of 4

One sentiment that I keep reading and hearing is that what people decide to do with their lives is no issue as long as they don’t try to force others or get others to pay for it.  It often comes from conservatives with traditional values who would never personally get involved in adultery, fornication, sodomy, pornography or the myriad of new and creative kinks of our current culture.  They sound like they are being open minded and non-judgmental of the general population.  They sound very noble and kind.  After all, it doesn’t matter what people do in their own bedrooms, right?

Wrong.  It does matter what people do inside their own bedrooms.  It matters on a theological basis, a logical basis and a social basis.

First, and what should be most important to Christians, are the standards and behaviors approved and banned in the Bible.  Yes we are saved by grace but somewhere in your moral framework you need to get past the happy fantasy of antinomianism and realize the Paul, the apostle of grace, was also big on living a moral life.  For instance he wrote the following,

(Gal 5:19-21 KJV)  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Notice that he did not give a pass for activities in private.

So to start with we need to get on board with what the Bible tells us about behavior.  Keep in mind that when it comes to things like murder and theft we don’t accept such things in unbelievers.  We legislate morality all the time.  The question is what is the basis for that legislation.  It should be the Bible.  We should never forget that our behavior reflects what we believe and what we believe effects our eternal soul.  God does not overlook sin just because it happens in the bedroom.

Second, what people do in their own bedrooms does not stay there.  That is in reality a bit irrational.  It is like saying if you only get drunk in your living room it does not effect society.  Yes, it does.  If nothing else it effects your children.  It also can’t help but change the ability to think and function.  It causes problems in your mental processes and judgment.  It also drags down your finances.  Sexual perversion in the bedroom does something to your mind and attitudes.  Stop acting like it is just a private matter.  Recently we have seen parents taking their children to a gay bar to observe drag performers.  I would assume that there are things going on in their bedrooms that lays the groundwork for such behavior.

To be continued...

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