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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, March 24, 2017

Opus 2017-092: Life Medicine

My day is a constant cycle of manic-depressive.

This morning the students were asking me why I was so happy.  I was singing to them and other nonsense.  In the morning there is so much spring in my step I have been known to bounce.

In the afternoon the spring has turned to winter.  Yesterday when I left I could hardly make it to the car.  Part of it is old age and a long day.  A bigger part of it is having to act like a lion tamer without a whip or pistol. 

I wonder if there is a medication for life?

homo unius libri

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Opus 2017-091: Should-a-Beens: Chairman Sanders

What would my life be like if Bernie Sanders had won?  It might take a few years but the future would have been much different that what I know now and expect to come. 

On the big screen we would see taxes we only have nightmares about unless you were wealthy during the reign of FDR.  Then you have flashbacks.  This would bring all of us who have worked and saved down to the level of those who have partied and spent.  Our wealth would be bled off to support their subsidies. 

But what would be the difference day to day?

I would lose my job and become a day laborer.  If I were forced onto public transportation which is the dream of the Progressive left I would not be able to work 20 miles away from home.  I would be limited to what is available within walking distance.  I might be forced to relocate in order to find work.  Since the increased taxes and lower income would make it impossible to keep up my home I would be forced to live the way people survive in Communist countries.  I would divide my house, live in a few rooms and rent out the rest.

It would take me all day to shop and there would only be one choice.  Big, well stocked stores would be the subject of children’s fairy tales.  I would need to walk to the store and could only buy what I could carry.  If you have ever seen stores in Communist countries you also know that there is nothing on the shelves to buy.  I would find myself standing in long lines hoping that there would be something left when I got to the front.  If there was not, I would go hungry and be forced to make the same trip again.  Gone would be the days of choosing which flavor and brand of yogurt I wanted to buy.  Gone are the days of choosing the size I want.  I would take what I could get and run.

Vacation would be spent in the city park.  Long trips would be out of the question.  In fact I am not sure that “vacation” would be in the vocabulary of anyone but government workers in a Sander’s America.  If I was a member of the elite, sure.  They will always take care of themselves. 

Of course the upside of this is that the snowflakes and parasites who brought it all on would be just as poor as I am.  The difference is that I know my history and I know where socialism leads.  I have seen pictures of the starving masses of North Korea.  The difference is that they are living their dream.  For me it would be a nightmare.

Be grateful.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Opus 2017-090: Hoop Based Administration

School administrators that I work with have a philosophy:  If you throw enough hoops in front of people they will eventually get tired of jumping and go away.  Thus you will not need to do anything but have your secretary shuffle some paperwork.

This was set off by three girls sitting in the school office writing “statements”.  I have no idea what the issue was.  I did not know the girls.  Someone said, “You girls look like you are having too much fun writing those statements”.  Truer words have not been spoken.  The girls got out of class.  They got attention.  The school feels like they are “doing something”.  Nothing happens.  Everyone is happy.

Hoop based administration.  It is not coming to a school near you.  It has already arrived.  It is in charge.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Opus 2017-089: Hate as a Red Herring

We are called haters if we call a spade a spade.  We are nasty when we speak truth to a power that the left doesn’t like.  We are mean spirited when we expect people to pick up their own trash.  We are selfish and greedy when we expect people to get a job and pay their own bills.  The left with its progressive elite values keeps trying to control and manipulate us by calling us names that have nothing to do with the behavior but sound really bad.

And we fall for it every time.

Maybe we need to embrace their words but do what they do:  Move the needle of meaning.  Maybe we need to have a more fact based hate.  There are some things that deserve hatred. 
(Amos 5:15 KJV)  Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
What is worthy of hatred?  God hates divorce.  How do I know?  He said so.
(Malachi 2:16 NAS77)  "For I hate divorce," says the LORD, the God of Israel, "and him who covers his garment with wrong," says the LORD of hosts. "So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously."
And notice that He includes in that hatred the person who causes it to happen.  You can’t cop out and say “God hates the sin, not the sinner”.  If you want a list then do a little research on your own.
(Proverbs 6:16 KJV)  These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
The antidote to all the hate in the world is not love, it is information and honesty.  It is values based on truth, not emotion.  It is measured by the eternal not the contemporary.

Some people and groups deserve hate.  Islamic terrorists as well as their syncopates:  media terrorists, political terrorists, educational terrorists.  These are people who deliberately set out to destroy the innocent and unsuspecting.  So the solution is not to be void of hate but be selective in its target.

homo unius libri

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Opus 2017-088: Goodbye Privacy

I think I would vote to ban cell phones from restaurants if given a chance.  Of course that would mean that my wife would demand that I not go into restaurants because then she could not call me.  Right now as I am trying to think, an old man (I should talk) is sitting across the room having a raucous discussion with someone on his cell phone.  I really don’t need to know every detail of his personal life.  I wonder if it occurs to him that the world is listening.

Now he is up walking around while he talks on the phone.  Maybe he is senile.  Maybe he is just a Democrat.  Maybe they are the same.

Do people who are concerned about security and privacy talk on their phones in public?  Are they worried about the government reading their e-mails and recording their phone calls?  Then why do they broadcast their lives to a bunch on strangers?

I understand there are devices that will jam cell phone reception but they are illegal.  I would love to have them in class at school, in church, and, of course in restaurants. 

Like most new laws, if people would simply be polite and considerate of others the regulation would not be necessary or sought after.

homo unius libri

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Opus 2017-087: On the Street: The Smell of Failure

I continue to struggle with my weight.  I am not winning.  That is the bad news.  The good news is that I am not even close to giving up.  I have been here before but usually when I reach my goal on weight loss I just start eating again.  I am sure that if weight is a problem, you have been there with me.  I am still in the battle.

That doesn’t mean that the smell of bacon and cheese has stopped calling to me.  Oh, the temptations of breakfast.  As I walk down the aisle with my piece of bread and coffee I can smell all the good stuff being prepared a few feet away.  Surely it won’t hurt if I indulge myself today.  Just one day won’t make a difference, right?  Wrong.

I look at my piece of bread and smell the bacon.  I enjoy the smell but I call up the vision of a needle dripping insulin.  That is my future if I give in to my appetite. 

The Battle of the Bulge continues.  I don’t claim to be as heroic as the men who fought that in World War II but if I fail my destiny is just as final.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-086: New Terms: Food Insecurity

I mentioned the phrase “food insecurity” in a recent post.  This is a new term to me.  It must come from the left because it plays into the idea of safe spots and trigger warnings.

As near as I can tell, food insecurity is a state you get in when you are worried about where your next meal comes from.  It is supposed to be a major problem with school children who are starving to death in spite of the billions of dollars poured into school lunches, WIC, EBT and all the other subsidies that are going on.

If people feel insecure in that environment then I suggest there is nothing we can do for them.

Of course it could refer to the way Michele Obama felt about the lunches that parents sent with their children.  In her socialist, elite agenda she got feelings of insecurity when other people acted like they were free Americans and ate what they wanted instead of what she knew was best for them.  In my classes food insecurity is what the students feel when they are on their second bag of Doritos and they are torn between concern that I will catch them eating or that they will run out of snacks before the period ends.

I am sure we will be hearing more about this in the future.  It is possible that the American Psychiatric Association will add it to their list of chronic conditions.  Expect even more government programs to be presented and an organized effort to make you feel shame for not caring enough about this.

The insanity of the left keeps spreading.

homo unius libri