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, December 10, 2023

Opus 2023-313: A Topic for Contemplation

Psalms is full of praise for God.  Israel had reason.  They had been chosen out of the entire world to be God’s people.  That is something to shout about.

There is great misunderstanding about that call.  You have to ask yourself “Why?”  We usually focus that question on what qualities attracted God’s attention.  That is the wrong line of meditation.  The real question should involved should be, “For what purpose was Israel called?”  The emphasis is on called, not chosen.

Israel as a nation was called to touch the world for God.  Ultimately they refused.  They failed.  They became preoccupied with how special they were and focused on the letter of the law instead of the spirit.  God kept trying to get their attention but they did not listen.

Today we are called individually.  We are not called because of our noble character.  We are called to serve.  It might be a good way to spend a quiet morning thinking about how God wants us to serve.  It will be different for each of us.  I might not understand your calling, nor you mine.  That is why we are cautioned about judging the spiritual condition of others.

We have enough to be concerned about in keeping ourselves on track.  Keep in mind that you have as much reason to rejoice and praise God as the children of Israel.

homo unius libri

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