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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.

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Opus 2023-315: Dark Thoughts: Censored Carols

I was sitting in the dark listening to the music of Christmas.  I was skipping secular songs and ones that I didn’t know the words.  I like them but I wanted the inspiration so I was focusing on the real Christmas carols.  Joy to the World came up and I was immersing myself in the message.  I kept waiting for one particular verse and it never showed up.  I knew there were four verses but they only sang three.  What did they leave out?

The verse about sin.

“No more let sin and sorrow grow”
It seems that even classic Christmas carols must be edited to stifle the message of Christmas.  Our world loves to be reminded of Joy to the World.  It is not so anxious to be reminded that the problem that Christmas was addressing was sin.  

Yes, there was a baby in a manger and a young mother.  Yes, there are shepherds and wise men.  Yes, the angels had a great message.  No, that was not the complete story.  There is a reason God had to break into history.  There is a reason the Eternal Son became man.  There was a reason for the virgin birth.

We needed a savior.  That is what the name Jesus means.

Sing all the verses this year.  If you can’t get it on your recordings then do it in your heart.  Take the time to get out a hymnal and look at the actual words.

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns.

Merry Christmas.

homo unius libri

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