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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, March 27, 2023

Opus 2023-088: Mom’s Fault

It is the fault of the mothers.

My thinking was stimulated this week as, on my way to church, I noticed a crew of men setting up to do some work with concrete blocks, forms and a wheelbarrow.  I remembered that when I was a kid working construction it would never have occurred to us to work on Sunday.  It just wasn’t done.

That made me think of a recent comment by our pastor about how the soccer fields were full of families involved in Youth Soccer and the Sunday School classes were empty.  He was lamenting the trend.

It is our own fault and it started with the mothers.

I don’t think I can ever think of a time when my family went out to dinner on Sunday.  It may have been because we were too poor but I think it was more just a standard.  My father would not even let us look at the Sunday comics in the newspaper until after church.  What a legalist.

Then moms didn’t want to cook on Sunday.  The solution?  Go out to eat.  Restaurants started staying open.  Eventually brunch became a thing and guess what the prime hours for brunch were?  Since people were out anyway they started looking for other things to do.  

I remember very clearly when the Sears in our town started opening on Sunday.  At first it was just in the afternoon.  They didn’t want to violate the taboo and keep people from church.  When they found out how popular that was they started opening all day.  Blame it on mom.  I don’t think dad was wanting to shop at Sears on Sunday.  It would interfere with his nap.

So now everything is open on Sunday.  It is getting harder all the time to find a job that does not require you to work on the weekend.  And of course, what do we do on Sunday after church?  We go out to eat, and maybe stop at the mall on the way home.

Blame it on mom.

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