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, July 22, 2018

Opus 2018-177: New Laws: Open Wide

I don’t know if you have seen the meme about open borders and open doors.  The idea is that if you are in favor of open borders you should never close or lock your front door.  It should be open to show how you welcome the entire world into your life.  I used this illustration for years when I was teaching and immigration came up.  I am glad to see it making the net.

My suggestion is that we need a government agency and federal program to keep track of all people who are in favor of open borders.  We would then have a team of agents visit their homes when they are not looking and remove all locks from their doors.  They should also determine if there are any safes and jam them so they will not close.  (Obviously this will not cause gun safes to be left open because these people also are against guns).  With enough care you could also find out all their passwords and account numbers so that they would really be open in their lives.  The team would do the same for their cars and RV’s.  Finally they would remove all fences and security systems. 

We need to let the law of unintended consequences introduce these unicorn riders to the laws of cause and effect.  Physics and human nature will still operate no matter how much they deny it.

homo unius libri

Opus 2018-176: Headlines: Page Cooperates

Not to be a cynic or anything but I fear for the safety of Lisa Page.  The headlines say she cooperated with congress.  I don’t know whether I can believe that or not, after all it did come from the media, but if she did I hope she is lining up extra body guards.  People who speak out against the deep state tend to become statistics.  If she is really being honest I would hate to see her join the list of people who have stepped out of line.

Secret Service maybe?

homo unius libri

Friday, July 20, 2018

Opus 2018-175: Headlines: Still Never Trump

It seems that a lot of people have Never Trump tattooed on their DNA.  They can act supportive and keep on a happy face but they are really just looking for an excuse to say, “Gotcha!”  The recent meeting with Putin is a case in point.  It might be a good time to start a list of whom you can trust and who is part of the deep state.

Was Trump being Trump?  My guess is, yes.  Did the Donald say some things that sounded like “Squirrel” to people in the Hate Trump industry?  It certainly looks like it.  I don’t spend a lot of time reading all of the concerns they have about Donald giving away the bank.  Nothing came even close to Obama leaning over and saying he would have more flexibility after the election.  Next time you get upset with Trump being polite to Putin just remember that moment of open mic. 

One of the comments I read was probably an indication of where we should be.  The writer said that it wasn’t the comments Trump made that were key.  What was important was the things that Trump did and the progress he is making in so many areas.  Trump will be Trump.  If you want a smooth talking hypocrite then go volunteer for almost any one of the Democrats that are going to run for President.  Might I suggest their new light, Ocasio-Cortez?

I am still much more worried about the FBI, CIA, NSA, TSA, DHS and RINO than I am about the KGB or whatever they call themselves today.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Opus 2018-174: Digging into Deuteronomy: Memory Loss

(Deuteronomy 4:9 KJV)  Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;

Why is it that we seem to need to keep repeating things to remember them?  When I was in high school and college I knew everyone’s birthday.  Now I have to write down the dates for my wife and kids.  I once had long passages of scripture memorized and now can’t even remember which ones they were.  I could quote the Gettysburg Address.  I used to know the proper mixture for mixing mortar.  I could look at a baby and tell you how many months.  The list goes on.  I would give you more examples but I can’t remember what I have forgotten.

This verse tries to alert us to the danger of forgetting.  The fade starts as our eyes stop looking at them.  Then they get vague in our minds and eventually they wither in our hearts.  You may not have any tools to study the Hebrew but “give heed” and “keep” (8104) are the same Hebrew word.  The antidote is given twice.  We remember by repetition.  Every year when I was teaching I had to work through how to figure percentages.  I knew there was a formula, I just didn’t remember what numbers went where.  After a few times reviewing it all came back and I didn’t need to think about it any more, until next year.  Every summer the knowledge would hide because I wasn’t using it.

One of the best ways to remember the important things is to teach them to your children.  That reinforces by repetition but it also puts you on the line.  You have declared something you believe to be important.  You have demanded that they learn it.  Now you better live up to it yourself. 

There may be a few people with perfect memory but that isn’t me and probably isn’t you.  We have to work at it.

homo unius libri

Monday, July 16, 2018

Opus 2018-173: New Laws: Kosher Democracy

I am proposing a new law.  I want to mandate that all elected officials eat at a place that has a dollar menu at least once a day and on any trips stay in a Motel 6 at least one night.  Make them pay with cash.  We need to find a way to get them out of their bubbles and into the world of the rest of us.  If I understand correctly President Trump tries to follow this regime when he is out and traveling, at least in the eating area.  Maybe that is why he is working toward what most Americans want.

Candidates for office will need to document and prove that they have also been out rubbing elbows with the general public.  Maybe they would be required to keep a Twitter account going that would make it possible to follow their activities and have others comment on the experience.

Washington is out of touch with fly over country.  It is out of touch with people who must deal with all the manipulative regulations put out by the federal bureaucracy.  Sometimes the only way to get people to understand how hot it is outside is to turn off their air-conditioning.

homo unius libri

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Opus 2018-172: Headlines: Standing Tall

It was good to see that neither President Trump nor Mrs. Trump bowed to Queen Elizabeth.  I have nothing against the English royal family as such although I do think Charles is missing a few points of his triangle.  I could have even accepted a nod but they were very careful not to act the lackey like President Obama was “inclined” to do.

Making America Great can include being polite and courteous.  It can have a bit of humility.  It does not need subservience to a system of class that the Founding Fathers rejected. 

The President of the United States makes patriots proud, socialists sputter and snowflakes twitter.

homo unius libri

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Opus 2018-171: How about Euthanasia?

Why is it that people who believe in eternal life tend to be the ones against legalizing euthanasia?  Christians do not fear death because they believe it will lead to the resurrection and an eternity in the presence of God.  What is the problem with getting a little help in the process?  It comes down to the questions in the Garden of Eden and whether God is in charge or we are.

Most have heard the misquote from the Ten Commandments,
(Exodus 20:13 KJV)  Thou shalt not kill.
It is a misquote because it should be “murder” not “kill”.  Since the death penalty is given in the Bible and there are cases where war is allowed, to forbid killing would be nonsense.  Murder, on the other hand is killing for your own selfish reasons.  There is even an allowance in the Old Testament law for manslaughter and an acknowledgment that there is a difference between killing in a fit of passion and cold blooded planned murder.

For Christians taking a life is not something you do for personal convenience or profit.  Life is given by God and the length of life is in his hands.  It is part of a belief in Providence.  God is in control.  He can shield us from the virus that kills.  He can put us in the other room when the chimney falls.  On the other hand He can call us home at any time.  Certain decisions are hard to make such as turning off life support on someone who is brain dead, but that is a total different discussion than administering lethal drugs because someone is depressed. 

Where are the Buddhists and Hindus on this issue?  They believe that death leads to reincarnation.  Does that make them in favor of helping people die?  Do they write it off to bad karma because they are in the situation or good karma because they get to reboot to something better?

Death comes to all but we have different attitudes toward it.

homo unius libri