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.

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Opus 2023-201: To Know or Not to Know, That Is the Question

I was contemplating about ignorance and wisdom.  It is amazing how much people don’t know.  It is boring how much I don’t know.

Maybe I need a different word.  We are all ignorant in some areas but the term carries a lot of negative baggage.  If you want to discuss how to rebuild your car engine, color me ignorant.  If you have questions on where to put in the gas, I am your man.  I am aware of my ignorance and it doesn’t bother me.  There are certain types of knowledge that are not necessary to live a productive life.

Other ignorance is destructive.  If you go to the voting booth without any preparation then you are part of the problem.  If you buy a diesel, 3/4 ton truck for your commute to work because your uncle Fred recommended it, you will pay for your choice.  And pay.  And pay.  Or maybe that is my ignorance.  If you marry someone because of their looks, I have bad news for you.  The tone of ignorance depends on the context.

Maybe we need to use theological terms.  Maybe we should talk about being an atheist when it comes to news as opposed to being agnostic.  An atheist rejects.  He knows what he knows, or rather what he has been told.  He has considered the facts and says, “No.”  An agnostic, assuming he is honest, simply does not know enough to make a statement or take a position.

I remember in 2020 asking people to give me a reason why they would vote for Biden instead of Trump but they had to do it without talking about mean tweets.  I never got anyone to give me a reason to vote for Biden.  Even I could do that.  The reasons to vote for Biden are exactly the reasons why I would not vote for him.  The moral issues of abortion and homosexuality are enough to show you what I mean.  If you want to kill babies, Biden is your man.

We face those kinds of decisions every day.  We face them in deciding where to shop and throw our economic influence.  Not shopping at Target is an example.  We show it by sending our children to public school.  We show it by the church we attend.  Do we seek one that actually takes a stand for truth?  

To not decide is to decide.

Overcome your agnosticism or be an proponent of the end of America and a welcome mat for the Great Tribulation.

homo unius libri

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