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, November 3, 2022

Opus 2022-297: Godly Nutrition

When I ask myself if something is healthy to eat I often review some of the items mentioned in the Bible.  I trust it more than the notional pop-nutritionists that inhabit our world.  Salt is a good thing.  Bread, although what most people could afford was not made with wheat, is not divided into gluten free and sinful.  Water does not need to be bottled.  Those are physical considerations.

There are also spiritual applications.  When I read them I assume that if they are good as illustrations of spiritual truth they are also good to eat, but they clearly have theological implications.  The OT talks about milk and honey.  Usually they appear with a form of the word “flowing” in front of them and refer to the promised land.

The New Testament talks about milk and meat in spiritual terms.  Sometimes they are contrasted, sometimes both are good.  It makes no case for the lactose intolerant or the vegan.  I could get off on that tangent but that is not where I am going today.

The problem we are having in today’s church is that too many people are drinking the Kool Aid.  I am passing no judgement on the commercial product.  I was raised drinking it and would mix the powder with sugar for cheap candy.  In its place I am a fan of Kool Aid.  As an adult I can enjoy the kids drink, however, I never confuse it for a staple of healthy living.

It always amazes me when people here something in the Bible and say, “I never knew that.”  I wonder why not.  Take the basic truth that Jesus is the only way to eternal life.  It is clearly written and often repeated.  I hear it almost every Sunday coming from the pulpit.  Or take the clear teaching that love is a matter of choice, of being patient and kind, not a gushy feeling like Hallmark wants to portray it.  I should not be surprised.  Take into consideration how many people think the government can keep printing money with no consequence.  

If I were writing the Bible I would put in some mention of pop corn and ice cream and make them important for spiritual development.  You can relax because God has not seen fit to consult me.

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