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.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Opus 2022-291: Assumptions

I was praying for my friends and their children.  I found myself making assumptions about where they were in life.  There is a good chance I was spot on but I need to be a bit more careful in thinking I know how God is dealing with people.  

What brought this into focus was a passage of scripture I recite daily, I Corinthians 13.  It is about love, how it is defined, how it operates, what it looks like.  What jumped out at me this morning was the last phrase of verse 4.

(1Co 13:4 NAS77) Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
It occurred to me that my view of the spiritual needs of people I had not seen in years, based on second hand information, was little less than arrogant.  It quickly become a matter of judging, in the bad sense.

Judging is necessary in life.  We must make decisions.  We never have all the information.  We must give it our best shot.  That is judging.  The Biblical condemnation is toward the kind of judgement based on arrogance.  The KJV translates it “puffed up”.  That might have the idea of looking down on others instead of looking for the best.

Pray with love.

homo unius libri

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