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.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Opus 2024-045: A Not New Idea

I remember at school, where some teacher was presenting a concept that she called paying forward.  The idea was that you would do nice things now for future generations as thanks for what people have done in the past for you.  This was presented like it was a new and revolutionary idea.  In reality, it is just the basis of civilization through the ages.  People do things for their children and grandchildren.  They do things for future generations.  They plant trees they will never harvest from.  They use trash cans even if they are just passing through.

It doesn’t take much to break the chain.  Just one generation of eating your seed grain can doom you to famine.  If enough people live just for today then tomorrow will take care of itself and them.  It will not be pretty.

Sometimes this is expressed in the golden rule.  You either do unto others or don’t depending on how you frame the statement.  The apostle Paul had another way of expressing it,

(Php 2:3-5 NAS77) Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.  Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
It isn’t just a point of philosophy, it is a foundational truth.

Try living that way and become part of the solution instead of the root of the problem.

homo unius libri

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