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, December 15, 2022

 Opus 2022-345: Silence Can Say It All

Often the problem is not what is said but what is not said.

Part of this is based in our limitations.  For instance, does God ever condemn animals for their evil actions?  I was wondering about the unique position of human beings.  We were created in the image of God.  Part of that is making moral choices.  It isn’t that God does not care or pay attention to the animals, after all, we are told he notices when a sparrow falls, but He expects something different from us.

So I wondered about animals doing evil.  My problem here is that the Bible is so full of information that I can’t claim to know it all.  My feeling is that God does not condemn the animals but I could have missed it.  That is one way of something not being said.

Of course there is the deliberate ignoring of important facts.  A while back Tulsi Gabbard announced that she was leaving the Democrat Party and she gave a 30 minute presentation on why.  All my friends were impressed.  I was impressed.  She seemed to really cover the bases.  She seemed to be declaring she is one of us, but is she?  She did not mention the moral issues that separate us.  She never got into abortion or homosexuality.  My guess is that she avoided those because she knew her positions would have been show stoppers.  It makes me wonder what else she avoided.

It is not what she said.  That was all good.  It was what she did not say.

There are many other examples.  Did your pastor give a great sermon?  It is amazing how often those great sermons leave out the problem of sin.  I call it the “s” word.  You don’t want to bring it up.  

Keep listening and listen carefully.  It doesn’t hurt to have a few burrs under your saddle that keep me alert and focused.

homo unius libri

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