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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.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Opus 2017-158: Digging into Deuteronomy: Immigrants

(Deuteronomy 1:16 NAS77)  "Then I charged your judges at that time, saying, 'Hear the cases between your fellow countrymen, and judge righteously between a man and his fellow countryman, or the alien who is with him.

Immigration is a big issue today in the United States.  It has been an issue from the beginning of our history.  As should be expected the Bible has something to say about it.  The legal structure of Israel made allowance for dealing with the “alien” (1616).  This is the first reference to non-Jews in Deuteronomy.  There are more.  I have noticed three issues. 

First is the concept of justice even for foreigners.
(Deuteronomy 24:14 NAS77)  "You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he is one of your countrymen or one of your aliens who is in your land in your towns.

(Deuteronomy 24:17 NAS77)  "You shall not pervert the justice due an alien or an orphan, nor take a widow's garment in pledge.

(Deuteronomy 27:19 NAS77)  'Cursed is he who distorts the justice due an alien, orphan, and widow.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'
I remind you that the Biblical idea of justice has nothing to do with the modern mantra involving “social justice”.  That is just a way of pushing a left wing agenda.  Real justice is based on unchanging truth and values.  Real justice does not change based on who is in power.  Write that down and underline it if you need to. 

The Bible says that even the alien is to receive justice.

A second principle for aliens is that they were also expected to celebrate the Sabbath.
(Deuteronomy 5:14 NAS77)  but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant or your ox or your donkey or any of your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you, so that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.
The day of rest was a principle established by God for all of creation.  It did not just apply to an in crowd or ruling party

All of this being said, the third principle is that foreigners are not always held to the same standard of Jews.
(Deuteronomy 14:21 KJV)  Ye shall not eat of any thing that dieth of itself: thou shalt give it unto the stranger that is in thy gates, that he may eat it; or thou mayest sell it unto an alien: for thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
God did not expect the non-Jew to follow the same dietary laws as His people.  Food that would be rejected for a Hebrew was okay for a gentile.  This is a focused verse but it shows you the principle.

These are principles that should be taken into consideration as we think about the aliens in our midst.

homo unius libri

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Opus 2017-157: A Battle Plan for Defeating Terrorism

How do we fight terrorism?  That is an important question for those of us raised in liberty and reading about another cowardly atrocity in England.

Go to a concert.

Go to the mall.

Go to church.

Hang around in the park.

Keep living your life the way you would have lived it, because if you back off and live in fear the terrorists have won.

I am sure that owning guns and knowing how to use them would help.  You might want to reinforce your front door and avoid certain parts of town.  You need to up your awareness level.  But those are things you should be doing anyway, not because of the terrorists.

There are security measures that could be put in place to catch the evil butchers.  The problem is that the cure would be worse than the disease.  It would require actions which would make the Gestapo look like kindergarten crossing guards.  Sure we could lock up the murders but in the process we would also be confining a lot of totally innocent people.  We would lose our freedom of movement and association.  The cost would not be worth the cure.

That is what they want.  They don’t need to kill anyone.  All they need is for us to begin the process of becoming a police state.

Then, they win.

I confess this is easier for me than some.  I am old.  As a believing Christian I am ready to go.  Death has no fear and I have a confidence in God’s ability to guide history.  My children are launched.  I don’t have as much to lose as many of you. 

The principle is still solid.

Resist evil.  Keep living in liberty.  Eventually those willing to die will die.  The problem will solve itself and I will still have freedom of speech, the press, religion, petition, association and self defense.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Opus 2017-156: Connecting the Dots

Two days ago I wrote about the article in the New York Times about the CIA operatives being rolled up by the Chinese government.  Let’s be honest.  What that means is a group of people spying for the United States were caught, interrogated and probably executed.  That is serious business that is a part of the interaction of nations.  I do not fault the Chinese for protecting their interests.  I do fault the Times for their partisan hack reporting. 

I also want to connect some dots for you that I don’t believe the Times will get to.  I could be wrong but I am not going to pay them to find out.  I pointed out that Hillary Clinton was secretary of state while this was happening.  What did not occur to me until this morning that it was also the time when she was compromising the security of the United States by running an illegal server for her internet connections.  I think I have read that the Russians had hacked her.  Based on the timing of these deaths I think we can assume that the Chinese were also not asleep to the opportunity.

Does my timing work?  If it does, I would say it is pretty obvious that these agents of the American government were caught and punished because Hillary broke the law.  To me this is serious stuff, but how did Hillary put it, “What difference does all that make now?”

And they wet their pants because Trump does his job and talks to the Russian ambassador.  These people are insufferable. 

homo unius libri

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Opus 2017-155: Headlines: Maybe They Didn’t Like the Music

Followers of the Religion of Peace handed out tracts at a concert in England yesterday.  Okay, so they actually set off a bomb.  My heart goes out to the victims and their families.  My rage goes out to the politicians who continue to play word games with the war on Western culture by Muslim terrorists.

In reading an article in the Daily Mail I came across this,
“The suicide bomber, who was known to authorities and is said to be British-born,...”
We will probably read about what a nice guy he was.  We will hear about how surprised everyone is who knew him.  They will be disappointed that he was not a Baptist protesting homosexual marriage.  Meanwhile the death toll keeps growing.

Keep in mind that the Koran gives devout Muslims permission to kill heretics and infidels.  Understand that anyone who does not agree with your interpretation, or the interpretation of your spiritual leaders, is a heretic and infidel.  That is why the terrorists actually kill more Muslims than non-Muslims.  It keeps the Muslim masses, who might protest the violence, quiet.  They are afraid it might be them next.

You wonder why I don’t want the government reading my e-mails and private documents?  Everything the government knows eventually become available to hackers and haters.  The government may never come for me but maybe ISIS will.

Will the West find a way to deal with the cancer or will we just convert.

homo unius libri

Monday, May 22, 2017

Opus 2017-154: Headlines: Funny Papers

The media keeps muddying the water and trying to make Trump look bad while protecting Hillary and Obama.  The link on the Drudge report told about China killing CIA agents.  Trump seems to have done it again.  When you go to the Article in the NY Times it seems to reinforce that information.  How many people stop reading here?

Oh, wait.  When you start reading the article, in the fine print under a very large picture you find that the agents disappeared between 2010 and 2012.  I read the article with my baloney meter plugged in.  The basic facts seemed correct.  There is no real reason to doubt them.  But the Times can’t help itself.  Who is the one politician mentioned in the article?  You guessed it, Donald Trump.  He was nowhere near the White House in 2010.

Guess who was.  I know, it is hard.  Go ahead and say it, Barak Obama.  And to add insult to injury guess who was Secretary of State during that period.  Got it first try, Hillary Clinton.  So we have a major breakdown in our intelligence gathering and the two people in charge are not mentioned but a man who was not even running for office at the time is highlighted in the article.

If it isn’t a deliberate conspiracy then it is an example of children running a newspaper.  Take your pick.

And don’t believe anything you read even when the facts are accurate.  You can lie by telling half the truth even better than making up leaks from anonymous sources.

homo unius libri

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Opus 2017-153: Headlines: They Keep Coming Out of the Closet

We tend to think that the Trump haters are all snowflakes dancing in the street and throwing rocks at police.  Not true.  Many Trump haters are wearing the masks of conservative pundits and bloggers.  It makes taking Caesar down easier if he thinks you are his friend.  Recently I read through three posts on Power Line starting with “I, Nut Job”.  While billing themselves as conservatives all three bloggers weigh in with attacks on Trump for comments that were leaked by someone “close” to Trump. 

What is my criticism?  I am not above criticizing the president.  I am sure he needs to be criticized.  But it seems a bit counter productive to hold a trial and pronounce a conviction based on an unnamed source “quoted” in the New York Times.  You need to get to the second post before you find the words, “That is, assuming that the anonymously sourced report on a memo by an unidentified author is true.”

Duh.

And then Power Line proceeds to reinforce the hysteria of the left.  What is the big issue this time?  He says something uncomplimentary about the guy he just fired.

How do we start to fight the lies and anti-American rhetoric of the Democrats and their allies in the media?  Stop quoting them or believing that anything they say is true.  If they quote some anonymous source, ignore them.  If they quote someone by name, get the entire transcript from a neutral source and read it in context before you let your response see the light of day.  According to Wikipedia the idea of the Big Lie goes back to Adolf Hitler and Mein Kampf. 

Maybe we could make a litmus test for conservatives whether they become tools of the Democratic attack on America.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-152: On the Street: Filters

I couldn’t understand any of the words except for the often repeated refrain, “Take me the way I am.”  It reminded me of the process of selling a used car when we label it “as is”.

I am in a restaurant with the “elevator music” being played in the background.  Often I can tune it out but other times it keeps poking it’s obnoxious nose into my thought track.  This is one of those days.

Why would I want to take her the way she is?  Maybe she is the one perfect person in the world.  Maybe it is simply a request to stop being so critical.  Love tends to be blind.  We take people the way we think they are, not the way they are.  That is why marriage is a difficult road.  As you wake up your realize the trailer is not the movie, the cover is not the book.  In order to make a meaningful relationship work it is necessary for both sides to realize that you are a work in progress and how the final design emerges depends on whom is more important to you.

So if taking you the way you are means you like your steak rare and hate tomatoes, I can live with that.  If it means bad breath, body odor, rap music, foul language and voting Democrat, I pass.

I am afraid you will also have to take me the way I am, or not.

homo unius libri