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.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Opus 2023-289: Raiders of the Lost Hark


Listen up!  Attention please!  Alert!

I am sure you have sung “Hark!  The Herald Angels Sing:”  Most people who sing it never stop to look at the words closely.  They think there is a comma after “Hark” but it is really an explanation point.  It is not a word to take up a gap in the beat.  It is a declaration that you are supposed to sit up and take notice.

Of course if the sky were full of real angels we would probably harken, unless we had our ear buds on and were beboping down the sidewalk to some tunes.  The shepherds in the field the first Christmas didn’t have that kind of distraction.  They paid attention.

The first three lines of the Christmas carol are happy thoughts.  Anyone can sing them if they don’t think too much but the fourth line is the first message that demands to be canceled.

“God and sinners reconciled”
Why is that a problem?  Well, just who are these sinners they are talking about?  Modern thinkers have established that man is born pure and would be quite satisfactory if it were not for the oppression heaped on them by things like European cultural assumptions.  The man in the street needs to be sheltered from such heinous statements.  How dare Christians imply that someone might be a sinner?

Actually, it isn’t Christians who imply it.  It is God who declares it.
(Rom 3:23 KJV)  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Don’t look at me.  Look at God.  And while you are looking you might want to listen.  If there are no sinners then there was no reason for the Angels to be singing because no one needed to be reconciled to God.

But they did and we do.

That is why you hear these songss less and less, even in church.

Merry Christmas.

homo unius libri

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