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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.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Opus 2021-045: Cornerstone Considerations: D of I, Power Sources

Here is a relatively long paragraph from the beginning of the Declaration of Independence.  If you have it memorized then it is just for reference, if not, it might be inspiring to read it again.

We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness-That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.  Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed.  But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security.  Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.  The History of the present King of Great-Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.  To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World.
The first sentence, dealing with “all men created equal” and “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”, has been discussed in many forums at many times.  I am sure I will chime in on that repeatedly myself but today I want to focus on the two mentions made about the sources of what we hold dear.

First we have the source of our rights.  Notice that this is the “Creator”.  When I was teaching this to my middle school students I kept running into the impossible-to-believe ignorance they lived in.  They did not have a clue to what “Creator” meant, let alone “endowed” or “unalienable”.  What was even worse, they did not know they needed to understand them or how to look up the meanings if they felt a need.  

The source of our rights is God Himself.  I would have my students read this and then ask them where our rights came from.  The almost universal answer was, “The government”.  After I got through screaming we took another look at it.  The basic belief of the Founders whether they were Christians, Deist, Jewish or garden variety pagan was that certain rights are given to us by whatever the overwhelming source of power is.  That could be Jesus or the sacred oaks of the Druids but it certainly wasn’t the government.

There is a second source referred to in this paragraph.  It is found in the phrase,
“deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed...”
This is why the Constitution will, in a few years, start with the words, “We the Elite of the United States”.  I know this is heresy to our political betters, the Progressives*, but they are supposed to be listening to us.  Power is supposed to flow up from the people, not down from the elite.  

Power is meant to flow.  It flows from God to the people and only then to the government.  The people taking over America are trying to isolate the church and silence the people.  They are doing it with lock downs, fear and censorship.  Our hope is in us as individuals getting the order right and demanding that government become responsive to us again.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-044: Prophet’s Hat: Get Out of Dodge

Well, that didn’t take long.  Shortly after I wrote about President Trump getting out of Dodge before the lynch mob came for him I saw a link that talked about putting him in jail for six months.  I saw the link on Pro Trump News which took me to something called Trending Politics which had a video from MSNBC, which I did not bother to watch.

It seems that the Attorney General of Washington, D.C. is proposing that Citizen Trump needs to go to jail for exercising his First Amendment rights.  

What a twisted world these fascists live in.  After Democrat after Democrat calling openly for violence against Republicans and even resorting to shooting and beating, it is suddenly too much to tell people to peacefully let their voice be heard.

Welcome to the United Soviet States of America, or is it United States of Soviet America?

homo unius libri

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Opus 2021-043: Headlines: Trump Not Going to Party

Multiple sources report that President Trump will not be staying for the inauguration nor will he do the traditional hosting of the newly elected president.  

This just goes to show that he gets it.  In case you have not been paying attention to the way things are going, the new regime has no respect for law, order or due process.  They intend to smack down on anyone who has an ounce of morality and has read the Constitution.  They have already voided the First Amendment, announced that they will cancel the Second and we can see that they are working on IV through VI.  If I were him I would be getting out of the military state that D.C. has become and head for the free state of Florida.  It may be the only way he can maintain his freedom.  I would not put it past the Democrats to have him arrested at the inauguration.  It would add icing to the cake they have dished up for America.  It would also be a reminder to those of us unwashed deplorables just where we fit into things.  

Of course it is possible that this is just another dose of Fake News.  It is possible that Trump has already been arrested by the police state and convicted of his crimes by the Progressive* Star Chamber.  You may need to go to your local public school and listen to what they are telling the children.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-042: If It Is Good for D.C....

After a short search I could not find the article so I can’t link it but the gist of it was that large numbers of people are moving to South Dakota.  I can understand that.  I have joked about moving there and I am a California refugee living in Texas.  My reason was that I appreciated the way in which the SD governor, Kristi Noem, refused to panic and lock the state down as a result of the manipulation of the China virus.  She seems to understand liberty even better than Greg Abbott, governor of Texas.

This presents the usual problem that the red states face.  People living in blue states often have blue politics:  Mindless belief in the Progressive* agenda.  They can see the results of the way they vote but they don’t have the brain power to connect the dots on why their hometown has turned into a septic tank.  They never learned the real scientific method or the concept of cause and effect.  So when they move they bring their toxic votes with them.

I have read that the ones moving into Texas are 2 to 1 conservative.  I am told that it was the refugees that reelected Ted Cruz in his last run.  I am told that the final balance is more red.  I am not sure I believe it.  I would suggest that we put people moving to Texas through the same type of vetting that the National Guard is getting in Washington, D.C.  Infiltrators can be dangerous.

I would suggest it but not vote for it because it is a policy of the left.  Once again people who believe in liberty have this Achilles’ heel that can bring us down.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-041: Headlines: Another Consumer Censor

It is really getting hard to do any shopping.  I do not refer to the fear mongering of masks or the silly social distancing.  I am talking about the corporate fascists who think that they have the power to isolate and punish Americans who speak their mind.  The latest companies to join the axis, according to We Love Trump, are Kohls and Bed Bath & Beyond.  I have never shopped at Kohls so there is little I can do to effect their bottom line but I have enjoyed walking through Bed Bath & Beyond on occasion.  In fact I bought a gift there last week.  I am now going to return that gift and I hope they as me why.

“All” they did was announce they would no longer carry My Pillow products because the owner, Mike Lindell, spoken out in support of President Trump.  I am hoping that their announcement doubles his business like it did for Goya Foods and Chick-fil-a.  

In a sense I do not commit to boycotts any more because the options are getting so watered down that it might be impossible.  I know that I have decided to only shop at and buy certain products if there is a genuine need and I have no option.  Among those I am now denying my business are Walmart, Coca-Cola, Amazon, many blogs I used to frequent and the list just keeps growing.

I used to go to Walmart several times a week.  I was a big drinker of Coke Zero, Amazon became the place to goto.  Those demand a period of mourning and withdrawal.  Bad Bath & Beyond will not be hard to avoid.

If enough of us get serious about where we shop the profits will not be used to undermine the American way of life.  Of course if the police state takes over we will eventually be on rations and will take whatever we can get, but that is still in the future.  How far I am afraid to speculate.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Opus 2021-040: Headlines: Can’t Trust Anyone Nowadays

A report from the Citizen Free Press points out to us that the divisiveness of the race hustling Al Sharpton that was refined by the identity politics brought to the White House by Barak Obama is being focused even more by Joe Biden.  The title of the link was “Texas Governor Livid”.

I have been seeing numerous references to the FBI doing background checks on all the National Guard troops who were sent to Washington, D.C.  The paranoia of the Democrats was that there were unhinged infiltrators in the ranks who would start an insurrection.  The following quote is from a tweet which was shown in the article (I don’t go to Twitter).  I know nothing about the person tweeting.

“Biden’s transition team asked if it would be possible to determine which soldiers voted in GOP primaries or who have contributed to GOP candidates so commanders could station them away from the president-elect.”
Now we are opening the doors to deciding where troops will be stationed based on their political affiliation.  I guess that in a Biden administration the military will only have Democrat soldiers.  I am not sure that would even give them enough personnel to dig the latrines.  Maybe they will follow the lead of the riot torn, Democrat controlled cities and hire social workers to take the places of the mustered out soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen.  

These people will not be happy until they have everybody hating everyone else.  I found myself wishing that Governor Abbott would order the Texas National Guard home.

homo unius libri

Opus 2021-039: Edmund or End Times

We are living in the interesting times of the Chinese proverb.  We are hearing predictions of the end of life as we know it.  We are told that the new regime in Washington will take away all of our liberties and lock us up in prison camps.  It is certainly their intention.  We don’t know how successful they will be.  Others seem to think that we have been through this before.  The attempts to lock up Americans that Woodrow Wilson tried were before my time.  We know some of the power plays of FDR.  We lived with Obama for eight years.  We lived to tell about it.  Which will it be?  It is TEOTWAWKI or just another bump in the road?  I can live with either.

If the Biden/Harris/Soros/China team fall on their faces then we can all breathe easier.  If the UniParty finds a few people with morals and backbones they might stop all the nonsense over night.  Sometimes it only takes one backbone.  The talking heads keep referring to the impeachment of Andrew Johnson and how it failed in the senate.  What they don’t point out is that if failed by one vote and the guy who stood up to the pressure, Edmund Ross, ruined his future in politics.  At least that is what I remember reading in a book under John F. Kennedy’s name called Profiles in Courage.  We might recover if we can find an Edmund Ross.

On the other hand it could be the Hitler moment.  It could be that the Progressives* in power, who have no concerns except their own power, will be successful in banishing all dissenting voices from the public square and make Americans cower down in fear.  It is clear that they are trying to do this.  The crony capitalists of the social media are silencing anyone who expresses an opinion they don’t like.  The Democrats in congress are calling for the expulsion of any elected official who was supportive of President Trump.  The National Guard troops called to Washington D.C. are being harassed by the FBI.  If that is our future then I will not look forward to it but I understand it in spiritual terms.

If you are a believer you need to understand that persecution is guaranteed.  We have lived in a nice, happy bubble for about 200 years.  Followers of Christ were among the unwashed masses that fled to the United States to avoid persecution at home.  Now, as the people fleeing blue states bring their dye with them, the persecution is coming to a town near you.  In that we can rejoice.  From the God’s eye view it will probably be a way of trying to wake people up to the call of God on their lives.  One of the sad truths about the human condition is that most people only learn through pain.  How much pain depends on how stubborn they are.

If you look at the condition of America you would wonder why God has held His hand back so long.  Abortion, pornography, trafficking in children, multiple varieties of the homosexual agenda, devil worship and much more are common in our country.  The only people that you can really mock are white Christians, preferably men.

I wait to see how it works out.  I don’t want persecution but I can see both sides of the coin.

*(Liberals, educators, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri