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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.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Opus 2021-291: Book Review: The Communist Manifesto, part 5 of 9: The Two Classes

The America I was raised in had classes.  Every culture does.  The America I was raised in allowed people to move up or down the class structure depending on hard work and chance.  It is true that some people work hard all there life and never seem to get ahead and others do little and experience success, but for the most part effort is the key ingredient.  There were many classes.  When I tried to figure out where I fit in I would say I was raised either upper lower class or lower middle class.  In reality it didn’t make any difference to me because I was also raised, in my America, that everyone put their pants on the same way.  When I got older and less agile I learned that wasn’t totally true but you get the idea.

Marx divided society into two camps.

“Society as a whole is more and more splitting up into two great hostile camps, into two great classes, directly facing each other: Bourgeoisie and Proletariat.” Kindle Location 27-28
We are all familiar with the terms but I can never keep them straight.  Notice the idea of progress in Marx’ statement.  That would imply that the division was not finalized but Marx would have said it was foreordained.  

So who are these two groups?

The Bourgeoisie in Marx’ mind were the wealthy property owners.  They owned the factories and the tenements that the workers lived in.  Their only concern was profit.  

The Proletariat were the working people who could never get ahead.  They worked for wages and lived at subsistence level.  They were simply the cattle that provide the labor for the profits of the owners.

It will be a simple world if it ever appears.  The problem was that Marx had never worked a real job in his life and had no real understanding of the capitalism he was so critical of.  He did not foresee that many business owners would do the best they could for their workers.  Some would do it out of a moral commitment.  These would donate large sums to take care of those who could not work.  Others understood that a happy worker is a productive worker.  One of the great capitalists, Henry Ford, realized that if the workers could not make enough to buy his cars he would not sell many cars.  That is a principle of successful business.  It is real capitalism.  

Marx, and modern day socialists, live in a world of zero sum economy.  They believe that the only way to get rich is to steal from those weaker.  There is only so much to go around in their world.  He did not understand what a free economy can do to make people go out and find shortcuts to production.  The yoke is a good example.  This simple invention allowed a farmer to produce much more food with the same amount of work.  If he didn’t have the knights riding through his wheat he could increase his wealth at the expense of no one.  In fact you could sell his wheat at a lower price and still make more money.

The key factor for us to understand the modern day progressives is the word “hostile” in the quote from the Communist Manifesto.  In order for their dream world to come true it is necessary for all of us to hate those in the other class.  That is what is at the core of things like Critical Race Theory and the divisiveness of Black Lives Matter.  That is why they force violence in the streets.  That is why the Biden administration is arresting people on trumped up charges and throwing them in jail.  They want division and revolution.

Let’s do our best not to give it to them.  Remember the pledge of allegiance, “One nation, under God.”  

Marx, Karl.  The Communist Manifesto, 1848, Project Gutenberg download

homo unius libri

Friday, October 15, 2021

Opus 2021-290: Conspiracy Vegetables

I meet with a group of men that I call the Baby Zoomers.  One focus of my prayer is for the ones who have been inoculated.  In my morning worship I also pray for my circle of friends.  In some cases the entire family has taken the jab.  My concern is for the side effects that seem to be popping up all over the place.  My fear is that we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg.  
Two things keep me above water on this.  First is the magnificent immune system God designed that is engineered to combat both the virus, which is natural, and the chemicals which are being put into our bodies.  We have a host of organisms and responses for fighting the pathogens.  We have a series of organs for removing poisons.  One reason that we are forced to keep taking certain medications is because our liver is busy removing them from our system.  The good news is that we all were born with this protection.  The bad news is that many of our activities hobble its ability to do its work.

My second reason for optimism is that this “medicine” was designed by human beings who tend to be from the left of the political spectrum.  Their corruption of the scientific method and refusal to face facts means that the virus they produced and the counter they are selling are weak sisters to a healthy body.  If you have been paying attention you may have noticed that all the panic is over something that is little worse than a strong flu strain and far from the plagues of the past.  I would say the same thing for the dangers of the inoculation.  In some people it is as deadly as a seasonal cold is to a 90 year old with emphysema, diabetes and heart disease.  If you do any reading beyond the MSM you come across much anecdotal evidence of this.  At the same time it doesn’t seem to be having much effect of most people.  It doesn’t send them to the morgue.  Of course it doesn’t seem to protect them from the virus either.

As much as the CDC and MSM want to deny it, there are deadly side effects.  At this point they seem to be random.  What if that is not the case.  What if this is an experiment by powers unknown to destroy the strength of the West.  What if this is just the first of many.  What if there is some genuine research going on that we don’t know about but is based on genuine data, not the phony CDC nonsense.  That would be applying the scientific method to destroying the world as we know it.  Such a goal is not beyond the dreams of the Communists in China or the United States Government.  

Talk about conspiracy theories.  I am counting on God’s design to come out on top.

Get plenty of sleep.  Eat your veggies.  Exercise.  Pray.  Negate their efforts.

homo unius libri

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Opus 2021-289: Plow and Crown: The Pendulum Swings

My fear is that the republic established in 1787 is coming to a close.  It isn’t that it was not a great dream.  It isn’t that it was not successful for a time.  Remember the words attributed to Benjamin Franklin, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”  In the conflict between the ruling classes of the crown and the masses behind the plow it was a big step forward for the masses  The masses seem to be making a statement two hundred years later:  They are not willing to keep it.

Recently we had the failure of the recall in The People’s Republik of Kalifornia.  I will concede that the vote was rigged.  That is the only way you could have so lopsided a count, or is it?  Could it be that the masses of residents in the Republik are actually on board with the largess of socialism?  Could it be that they have made a choice to reject responsibility for their own lives, believing that the almighty state will meet their every need from the resources of someone else?

I am afraid of the answer.  I am afraid that the virus of virtual income will take hold in the rest of the country.  Keep in mind that this is the state that brings you Nancy Pelosi.  She comes from the district that, as the meme says, will allow you to defecate on the sidewalk but arrest you if you are not wearing a mask while you do so.  It is her district that allows the proletariat to liberate up to $950 worth of merchandise from a bourgeois store shelf and refuse to call it crime.  Keep in mind this is the state that elected Kamala Harris as a senator.  Do you have any more questions?

Look at the great tyrants of history.  Adolph was elected.  Genghis Khan was elected, sort of.  FDR was elected four times.  There are always voters or spear carriers behind every successful despot, that and government checks.  If there aren’t then they are not successful for long.  I just finished reading II Kings in the Bible.  It is amazing how many kings of Judah and Israel only reigned for a few months.  

(2Ki 23:31 KJV)  Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
It seems that their servants would do them in if they were not happy.  It didn’t take an army just an angry nanny and the butler.

The big change is not that we have more people lusting for power.  The change is that the peasants in the pews are now willing to support their lust because they think they will get a cut.  They actually believe that the electric cars, and now electric lawnmowers, will somehow draw their charges from unicorn farts and giant windmills.  They all want to be on the side of the one who passes out the spoils.  They don’t think about what happens when the elites run out of other people’s money; and food, and TV’s, and gasoline,....

Stay tuned, it will be a wild ride.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Opus 2021-288: Book Review: The Communist Manifesto, part 4 of 9: Trickle Down Theory

Property is more than your home.  It is also your business and ultimately the things small enough to carry away.  The idea that property does not belong to you is trickling down through all of society.  Look at your headlines.  Is a case of beer property?  How about four cases of beer?  You may have missed the situation in Texas where two men proceeded to load four cases of beer in their car without paying.  The clerk shot and killed one of them.  He was protecting property from theft.  The clerk is now on trial for murder.  If your house is not property then why would the beer on the back porch be yours.

Take another step back.  Imagine yourself in the People’s Republik of Kalifornia.  How important is property?  Keep in mind that San Francisco has removed the criminal penalty for shoplifting up to $950 dollars.  If you walk out with 900 dollars worth of merchandise from your local pharmacy then it is a misdemeanor and the cops will not respond.  If you are lazy you can bring your bicycle right into the store and ride out with a bag full.  Check out NBC news for more.

The Communist Manifesto is being applied on a daily basis in a town near you.  Wake up and watch it coming.

Marx, Karl.  The Communist Manifesto, 1848, Project Gutenberg download

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, BLM, MSM, Deep State, etc.  Synonym for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-287: Southwoke Airlines

My wife tells me that Southwest Airlines has made vaccination a requirement to fly on their airplanes.  I guess that seals it for me.  I had been avoiding flying because of the mask mandates and the obnoxious enforcement.  Now they have made it impossible for me to fly on their airline.  This is another step that touches me where I live.  Southwest used to be the airline of choice for our entire family.  In a normal year we would fly across the country, or its equivalent, at least twice.  Sometimes we would fly more, and it was always on Southwest.

Keep in mind that the Proregressives* that control the Biden administration and the shadow government are working overtime to negate the Bill of Rights.  If you read through the first two amendments and look at where all this is going you will notice they are on the attack of all listed there.  The mandates coming from Washington and state capitals are designed to limit your freedom of association.  Guess what shutting down the churches has violated?  How about calling parents who show up at school board meetings being called domestic terrorists?  Do the concepts of freedom of speech and redress of grievances ring any bells?  The left is also keeping people from expressing their views in the current versions of the printed media.  And topping it all off is the drive to declare you mentally unbalanced so they can take your guns.

Southwest Airlines is just another patsy in the war against the Republic.

Be ready to stand up, speak out and be counted.  It will either lead to liberty or the camps.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Opus 2021-286: The Language War

I wish America would wake up to their language being destroyed just like the Republic is going down in flames.  The current word that is lighting my fuse is “moderate.”  

There are two examples of this that are glaring and obvious, also ignored.  The first is the current occupant of the office of Attorney General of the United States.  I won’t mention his name.  A few years ago he was being considered for the Supreme Court.  We were told to go ahead and give him a hearing, after all, he was a “moderate.”  He said a lot of nice words and sounded like he knew that the Constitution existed.  Based on what we see him doing in pushing the Proregressive* agenda I would say we dodged a big one there.  He may be in power but it might be limited to four years instead of life.  You may not like the ones we got for the court but they are not such lunatics as this “moderate.”

The second is more current.  Congress is trying to pass legislation that is designed to leave them rich and the country at a Venezuela level.  Every day I read some new bit of skulduggery that is included in the bill.  The Democrats who are holding it up are called “moderates.”  I have seen the term in articles and in memes.  If they are moderate then most of the country is so far to the left that we deserve what they want to get us.

To most people a moderate position is somewhere in the middle between two extremes.  There have been times in our history when a moderate position represented where most Americans stood.  Now it would legitimately be between the communism of the Democrats and the desire to be free of government control which does not include the Republican elites.  There might be few there but it would still be moderate.  

The position that the media is trying to convince you is “moderate” is very far to the left.  It is the difference between $3.5 and $1 trillion.  Even the lower number is mainly pork to feed the groups that are in the pockets of the shadow government.  They are not moderate.  They remind me of the school administrators who would give me a choice and I would clarify what they were asking me:  Do I want to be shot or hung?

Maybe I am totally wrong.  Maybe people are waking up.  If the election of 2022 ends up making any difference we need to vote the suckers out.  We need to get serious before the round-ups begin and the camps are being filled.

homo unius libri

Monday, October 11, 2021

Opus 2021-285: Definition Day

I would like to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day (IPD) but the phrase is as meaningless as “Native American.”  I might as well celebrate Day of the Month Day.  All days are days of the month.  I guess it is kind of like Children’s Day.

In case you have not thought this through, let me repeat myself a bit.  If you have thought it through then take a deep breath.  Take the term, “Native American.”  Unless you want to define “native” as “person of an inferior and primitive culture” then you have to accept that it simply means “person who was born in an area.”  By that simple definition I am a Native American.  I was born here.  My guess is that you were too.  In this sense there are only two kinds of Americans, native and naturalized.

The same goes with “Indigenous”.  According to my computer dictionary the word means “originating or occurring naturally in a particular place.”  If I remember my seventh grade world history textbook correctly, the first human beings arrived in North America around 10,000 B.C.  That means that they were no more indigenous than the Pilgrims.  They just migrated earlier.  The only thing that you can claim is indigenous is mold and fungus.  

The purpose of IPD is to undermine and destroy the contributions of Europe and Christianity to the progress of the world.  It also it an anti-white thrust but that is really just a smoke screen for the true goals.  

So we need to remember something that was actually significant in influencing the progress and well being of the world.  Colombus opened up the New World to the energy of Europe.  The so called indigenous people had not even figured out that the wheels on the toys of their children could be used to get more corn to market without slave labor.  They had not even invented a shovel.  They sat on a world of wealth and were still acting like Proregressive* by trying to kill anyone who disagreed with them and steal anything that said “Shiny”.  

Happy Columbus Day.

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, BLM, MSM, Deep State, etc.  Synonym for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri