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, 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

Friday, July 13, 2018

Opus 2018-170: He’s Makin’ a List

I did not watch any of the “testimony” of Peter Strzok gave to congress.  I heard the bits and pieces that the different media outlets wanted to share.  I am glad the interview is going on but at the same time don’t think it will make much difference.  Congress already has more than enough information to be demanding indictments on everyone from Barak Obama to Hillary’s maid and they have done nothing.  Flynn and Manafort are in jail and others have been harassed by Mueller for simply being on the wrong team.  Meanwhile, Comey can testify under oath that he gave classified memos to a reporter and nothing happens.

There was one point that sums up the whole problem.  I am sure that you have heard what Louie Gohmert had to say about Strzok’s reliability. 
'How many times did you look so innocent into your wife's eyes and lie to her?'
As much as everyone gasped and came unglued at that moment of honesty, that is really a question that should be asked of many people in the limelight. 

How can you put people in positions of authority and power when they are cheating on their wives and husbands?  If you will betray such a basic relationship of trust, what will you not betray?  Truth and honesty are basics of good government.  They are the foundations of a culture that seeks to live in peace, prosperity and liberty.  Think about it.  After you get your oil changed do you take a bit of the oil to a lab to see if they put in the good stuff?  How do you know that the coffee you are drinking is really organic and “sustainable”?  Was your cheese really aged two years?  We take a lot on faith.  No one would have time to check out everything.

As conservatives we need to seek out people who know what it is to be honest.  If you are also a Christian then you need to be the model of integrity.  I realize that none of us will be perfect and I understand that you can’t tell your wife what she really looks like in that dress.  Having said that we need to watch and when we find this kind of deceit going on, start a list like Santa Claus only make sure that you check it more than twice.

homo unius libri

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Opus 2018-169: Leave the Ad Hominem to the Left

Could we please stop focusing on people’s physical attributes.  I am tired of references to how ugly a certain Justice is, how fat a certain movie producer is and other such insults.  The statements may be true but they are also obvious and mean spirited.  As someone who has worked with middle school students I have learned that having a big nose, a bald head and bad style are things I have to live with and the best way I can get back at my attackers is to laugh with them.

The ideas these people express are ugly enough.  Just focus on that.  When Michael Moore talks about the great health care system of Cuba, go for it.  When Ruth Bader Ginsburg falls asleep during a speech, let the giggles flow.  When Barak Obama talks about visiting all 57 states, guffaw.  When Nancy Pelosi worries about a Supreme Court nominee destroying America, go for the jugular. 

Let the left show a lack of class.  We can do better.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Opus 2018-168: Headlines: A Sparkling Nomination

We have a nomination.  Next step is a confirmation.  I don’t know if I should be rejoicing or mourning.  It depends on whom you read and what they think they know.  We are all familiar with Nancy Pelosi’s famous statement that we need to pass the bill so we can find out what is in it.  For a legislature that is pure ignorance, arrogance or manipulation.  Or it may be all three.  In the case of a Supreme Court Justice that is the way it needs to be.

At the press conference everyone said the right things.  All we know at this point is that Brett Kavanaugh claims to believe that the Constitution should be understood to mean what it says, not what the current justice says it means.  We heard the same thing from Chief Justice Roberts and Clarence Thomas.  In one case it was a smoke screen, in the other it was genuine.  The problem is that we will not know until the proof hits the pudding.

So far Trump has done his homework.  I am willing to have hope for the future because he seems to be showing where his heart is.  I am convinced that Trump believes that Kavanaugh is the genuine article.  Only time will tell. 

Another reason that I have hope is because I believe with the Founding Fathers that the rights we have are endowed by our Creator.  God is in charge.  If we can survive eight years of Obama doing everything he can to destroy the country with the aid of the media, education system and RINOs, we can trust God to see us through.  It is more important that we live in righteousness than who sits on the Supreme Court.  Remember that Sodom would have been spared if there had only been a few particles of salt and a couple of sparks of light.

So get out there and sparkle.

homo unius libri