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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.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Opus 2020-018: The Prophet’s Hat: Thermostats

The day will come when the progressives begin to require Save the Whales Thermostats.  The name is nonsense but so are most things that come from the progressives.

These Thermostats will only have two settings on them:  Heat and Cool.  The temperature will be preset at the factory.  If you want it to heat the temp will be 68º.  If you want A/C it will only cool to 74º.  These will be smart thermostats so that the governing VAC Czar can radio changes if he is having a bad day at the office.

This does not require much of a gift of prophecy.  People with smart meters and cutting edge thermostats already have the tools in place.  All it needs is someone who is bored and has access to the central controls. 

If you have been following the moves by Democrats in Virginia to disarm the population you have read about threats to turn off people’s utilities to force compliance.  I don’t know if that is from a satire site or real reporting but it can be done overnight, with no danger to the utility employees, to anyone with a smart meter.

When I look at Republicans like Mitt Romney I don’t know if they are the answer but I know that Democrats are the problem.

homo unius libri

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Opus 2019-017: Progressive Barbarians vs Us Common Folk

Modern technology and free enterprise economics have changed the way we look at wealth.  It is no longer a zero sum game although a lot of progressives act like it. 

Before the industrial age wealth was concentrated in the hands of a few.  The masses lived hand to mouth and day to day.  All but a few were farmers and a bad storm could wipe out a years work.  Land belonged to the nobility and the church.  The only way to accumulate wealth was to deprive someone else through coercion, theft, or looting in war.  We get a picture of this in Joshua 22:8
(Jos 22:8 KJV) And he spake unto them, saying, Return with much riches unto your tents, and with very much cattle, with silver, and with gold, and with brass, and with iron, and with very much raiment: divide the spoil of your enemies with your brethren.
This was to soldiers coming back from attacking and looting a city.

Riches was not defined by what they have created but by what they have taken from others.  The only way to get wealth seems to have been looting and pillaging. 

Then came the industrial revolution.  Now, with machines and sources of power, one person could make large numbers of items.  Production soared along with productivity.  Adam Smith in Wealth of Nations gives and example in making pins.  He said that it would be considered a major accomplishment for a lone worker without all the machines to make one pin in a day.  With machines and the division of labor a crew of 10 could make 48,000 in a day.  Imagine how that reduced the cost of such a simple thing as a pin and improved the life of everyone. (page 2)

Wealth today is not just a case of moving gold coins around from bank to bank.  New wealth and value can be generated by reducing the cost of making the same item and because of the reduced cost, selling many more to the public.  Of course this assumes that the public has jobs that pay enough to buy the items.  There is no end to the level of prosperity the world can know.

Another reason that prosperity is more wide spread is the innovation of the entrepreneur.  Automobiles were at one point only for the rich.  Competition drove Henry Ford to come up with the assembly line and the car became available to almost everyone.  We have seen the same thing in computers and telephones.  Wood was replaced by coal.  Coal was replaced by oil products.  Electricity became a common resource.  Nuclear energy is now available.  Perhaps we will see engines run by hydrogen and solar power may become economically feasible.  Every step generates more wealth and the cycle will keep going on.

So don’t get too upset by the economists who are living in the days of barbarian looting.  Most of the well-known ones are socialists at heart and live off the productivity of others.  If they had their way we would be back to feudalism, with them as the nobility, of course.  In reality, there is enough to go around and more coming.  All we need to do is free enterprise and the ability to pursue our dreams.

Smith, Adam.  The Wealth of Nations.  Norwalk, Connecticut:  The Easton Press, nd.

homo unius libri

Friday, January 17, 2020

Opus 2020-016: Time to Shut Up and Deal

Would God play poker?  He would know what your cards were.  He would call all your bluffs.  He would know when to draw on an inside straight.  If He wanted to cheat He could change the cards in His hand. 

I guess the real question is, “Would you play poker with God?”  Assume that He would not cheat by switching the two of diamonds for the queen of hearts.  Of course He is God so I assume He would not be able to not know what was in your hand.  What kind of game would it be?  You might win a few hands but there is no way you could walk away from the game a winner.

In life are you trying to draw to an inside straight?  Are you bluffing?  Have you considered the odds?

Your deal.

homo unius libri

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Opus 2019-015: Pick Your Future, part 3 of 3, Beyond the Dream

Dreams are wonderful.  In my dreams I am God’s Golden Boy.  I am a world saver.  I am awesome.  Not so much when I wake up.

How do the dreams of the Progressives and free enterprise buffs look in real life?  Nowhere near the ideal of either group but if you could travel back in time you could see the difference in real life in a place called Berlin.  At the end of World War II Germany and Berlin were both divvied up into four sections to the four major victors.  The western quarters merged and the Soviet quarter started putting up barbed wire to keep people in.  Berlin, the capital, was located in the middle of the Soviet quarter.  Before the Berlin wall fell the three sections in the west of the city were a reflection of the free market of the West.  The one quarter in the east was a good example of life under socialism.  It was possible for Western tourists to travel from one to the other.  The west was vibrant, colorful and bustling.  The east was dull and dreary.  This is literally true.  It was like someone turned off the zest of life when you crossed the border.  For those too young to have seen this difference between Communism and free enterprise, watch the opening moments of The Wizard of Oz.  Do you remember the first time you saw Dorothy move from black and white to technicolor?  That is what it is like going from one reality to the other.

One of the events that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall was a simple visit to an American grocery store by Boris Yeltsin in 1989.  You can read about it at The Federalist if you want.  He could not believe the simple daily reality of an American grocery store.  It is something that we take for granted but much of the world would think they had gone to Oz.

Socialism has a long list of poster children.  The most current example of the socialist dream is Venezuela.  A few years ago it was the wealthiest country in South America and then the socialists took the wheel and began to drive the country into the ground.  Grocery stores are empty.  Electricity is often not available.  Life is miserable.  It is socialism in action.

The closest to the free enterprise reality would be what we call the West.  All the necessities of life are freely available.  All the comforts are available.  Of course much of that is available in the Socialists paradises too but only to the elites who run the country.  In free enterprise they are available to just about everyone. 

What is your dream?  If it only involves you then dream all you want and enjoy your sleep.  If it involves forcing your dreams on everyone else then you need to wake up before someone else builds the wall you will run into.

homo unius libri

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Opus 2019-014: Pick Your Future, part 2 of 3, The Dreams

What is the dream of each group?

The Progressives dream of a world of perfection.  They see everyone being equal and having their needs met.  Everyone has a job at a good wage.  Everyone has a nice home.  Everyone has great health care.  Everyone goes to college.  Everyone..., well you get the idea.  They actually believe this is possible.  What they don’t share with you is that there is another group outside of “everyone”.  Those are the wise ones who put this all together.  They tell you what a good wage is.  They set the cost of the foods you eat and tell you how much is enough.  If you step out of line they come down on you like a ton of bricks.  They assure you it is for your own good.  They also assure you that they deserve to live in those bigger and nicer houses up on the hill with the gates around them and the security guards.  They deserve chauffeured limousines while you ride the bus.  They deserve Kobe steak when you only get turkey bacon and beef flavored tofu.  From their point of view it is a perfect world.  You are incapable of knowing what is best for you.

The free enterprise dream is a world of opportunity and liberty.  Everyone is free to go as far in life as their natural ability and willingness to work will take them.  There will be a group at the bottom economically but they will have opportunity if they want to pursue it.  There will be a generous portion at the top enjoying all of the things money can buy.  In the middle will be the overwhelmingly largest group.  This middle group will be secure and prosperous.  The only hurdles will be the limits on their willingness to work and be good stewards of the rewards of work.  They believe they have a chance to make it into the top group and many do.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Monday, January 13, 2020

Opus 2019-013: Pick Your Future, part 1 of 3 The Dreamers

What kind of future do people dream about when they are lost in their fantasies?  Keep in mind that reality is never totally like dreams but it gives an indication of what people want.  I am going to look at the future fantasies of the Progressives as opposed to those who believe in free enterprise.

Progressives include a lot of people who have never used the term.  It includes the socialist elites.  This would be made up of all the people in the media, education and government who feel they are so superior that they deserve to make decisions for everyone else.  They want government control of everything.  For that reason it includes most of the professional politicians of both parties.  This would also include many business people who should be free enterprise capitalists but are really into crony capitalism.  Crony capitalism is demonstrated by the rich businessmen being in bed with the government and using government regulations to keep the smaller business from succeeding.  This would also include the rioters calling themselves Antifa. 

Those who believe in free enterprise want a minimum of government interference.  They feel they are grown ups and can make their own decisions.  They are willing to take risks and accept the rewards or the cost of failure.  They don’t believe that a government appointee can make any kind of plan that will work in the real world.

To be continued...

homo unius libri

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Opus 2020-012: Reflections of Glory

The glories of nature can teach us lessons about the Creator, after all He is the one who made it all and designed it to work together.

It was a night with a bright moon.  I don’t remember if it was a full moon or just close but you felt like you could see as well as day.  It was awesome.  But the light is just a reflection of the energy that comes from the sun.  It is a poor substitute for the real thing if you are trying to read or do some kind of detailed word.  Beautiful but limited.

Moon light compares to sun light in the same way that the glory of creation compares to the glory of God.  Sometimes I go off on the tangent of how detailed and complex something is.  Let’s say I cut myself somehow and I start thinking about the blood that is flowing.  Blood takes the necessities of life to every cell in your body and also carries away the waste materials.  It does both at the same time and all the time.  It is distributed to cool you on a hot day and retain heat on a cold day.  When you bleed it clots to stop the loss.  It carries white blood cells.  Among other things the white blood cells kill invaders protecting you from illness.

And we have not even started thinking about the cell structure.

Just a simple question like, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” can get you going in endless cycles if you don’t believe in creation.  How can you have billions of people and each one is different?

God could answer these questions.  Whether we could understand the answers, I don’t know but I am willing to wait and see what He has to show me after the resurrection.  Until then I will keep living in wonder and awe.

How many shades of green are there in the same tree throughout a year?

homo unius libri