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.

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Opus 2023-250: Uncertainly Certain

At my church there are certain times you know people will ask about prayer needs.  It is a time that helps us focus our petitions to God and our concern for each other.  It also raises questions like, “Why does God allow that to happen?”  Another is, “Why are they afflicted and I am not?”  Or you can reverse that last questions.

When listening to the self-styled intellectuals of the media and entertainment industry I am always amazed that they think they are the only ones that ask these questions.  Every pagan question I have heard I have also heard from believers.  To one it leads to rejection; the other, faith.  It makes a difference why you ask a question and the attitude behind it.

We are facing uncertain times.  That is nothing new.  If you wanted to make a list of AntiChrist de jour it would be very long.  Of course you would have Attila and Adolph.  Did you know that FDR was nominated and so was Kissinger.  Don’t forget Nero and assorted popes.  The only thing certain is uncertainty.  

The most certain danger most of us will face is making stupid choices.  An example of a stupid choice in my life would be when I eat something I should not have and then say something to the effect, “Oh, well.  I have blown it already.  I might as well have another.  And another.”  The stupid decision was not the first bit of overeating but throwing wisdom and discernment out the window at the second helping.  We can do things like this financially, morally and at our jobs.

There is a verse in Proverbs that I sometimes find puzzling.  Other times it makes perfect sense.

(Pro 4:7 NAS77) "The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding.
The point is that at any point we can start making wise decisions.  Might I suggest that now is a good time.  Don’t wait until after you do that one more stupid thing you really want to do.  Now.

homo unius libri

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