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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.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Opus 2017-231: Aristotle on American Culture

I can’t remember where I was reading when I came across some of Aristotle’s comments on tyranny but I was able to locate them in his work, “Politics”.  This spurred me to find it at Project Gutenberg, download it and read the entire book.  The quotes are from that source, Book 5, Chapter 11, Kindle location 2816-2827.

Aristotle looks forward to the day that the NSA will be recording everything we do in life. 
“...for they all contribute to support slavery; and to endeavour to know what every one who is under their power does and says; and for this purpose to employ spies:...there is the less chance of its being concealed;...”
Obviously they did not have the electronic intrusions we have today but the intent is clear. 

Another goal is the politics of class warfare, race baiting and division.
“...to endeavour that the whole community should mutually accuse and come to blows with each other, friend with friend, the commons with the nobles, and the rich with each other.”
We saw this practiced by President Obama who constantly made race an issue and stirred up racial hatred every chance he got.  We see it in the Progressives (Democrats) who are always talking about the rich paying their fair share and ignoring that the poor don’t pay any share.  The goal is jealousy and division.

It is important to keep people living hand to mouth. 
“It is also advantageous for a tyranny that all those who are under it should be oppressed with poverty, that they may not be able to compose a guard; and that, being employed in procuring their daily bread, they may have no leisure to conspire against their tyrants. The Pyramids of Egypt are a proof of this,...”
People who are so exhausted from working long hours don’t have time to go to demonstrations.  One of the common characteristics of the snowflakes in the street is that they don’t seem to have real jobs.  They have plenty of time to protest.

Then you need high taxes.
“It is necessary also to multiply taxes, as at Syracuse; where Dionysius in the space of five years collected all the private property of his subjects into his own coffers.”
The Progressives want the government to own everything.  They want you on their trains, at their hospitals and in their housing.  It is easier to control you that way.  Tyranny is a word that we need to understand and apply.  It is alive and well in American politics.

homo unius libri

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Opus 2017-230: Headlines: Finally a Tax I Can Like

I have to laugh.  Once again we see a new tax created by a Democrat.  The problem is that it makes people who support the Democrats actually pay the tax.  The Washington Times tells us that Oregon now has an excise tax on bicycles costing over $200.  The cyclists are indignant.  Why should they pay their fair share?  And I think it is a tax on the wealthy.  I have not purchased a bike since my children were small so I have no idea what it takes to buy a decent bike today, but like all taxes on the “wealthy” it eventually hits everyone.

What is next?  I am sure that there will soon be a way in which they tax the air we breathe, but only if you are rich.  Maybe we can put a sales tax on any meat above a certain standard.  How about sales tax on all groceries that are not generic brands.  Some states are already trying to tax property owners on the rain that falls on their land. 

It is probably the kind of high level thinking that our schools are pushing.

homo unius libri

Friday, July 21, 2017

Opus 2017-229: Scary Products

I marvel at the limited cultural background that people have.  I was trying to ignore the TV in the room when I heard them talking about eugenics, or at least that is what I thought I heard.  It got my attention and I realized it was a commercial. What puzzled me was the joy of the actors as they discussed killing people.  I guess I didn’t catch what they were talking about until they showed the bottle label at the end.

If you are not familiar with the term it was an early movement sponsored by Progressives like Margaret Sanger and Woodrow Wilson.  I guess you could define it as “selective breeding to improve the human species”.  It was a blatant attempt to get rid of inferior human beings.  It was also racist because minorities were considered inferior and thus subject to extermination.  It was part of the philosophy behind Planned Parenthood.  It was the thinking behind Hitler seeking to establish the Master Race.

Not a pretty picture.

At the end of the commercial they showed the product and at that point I realized that it wasn’t eugenics, the label said Nugenix.  It is some kind of product that is supposed to enhance something called “free testosterone”.  In other words it is a snake oil for flabby, middle aged men.  I used to be a flabby, middle aged man.  Now I am a flabby, old man.

I am still not interested, but I do wish that the people who name products would pay attention in school so they would not come up with brands that sound evil.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Opus 2017-228: Digging into Deuteronomy: Later May Not Come

(Deuteronomy 1:45 KJV)  And ye returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD would not hearken to your voice, nor give ear unto you.

Have you ever met someone who says that they plan to live life fast and loose and on their death bed they will repent.  They assume this will give them the best of both worlds.  They assume they will have time to take that step.  They assume God will always be there ready to respond to their prayer.

They assume wrong.  This verse makes it clear that you are not smarter than God.  This is not the only place I have found this but is another example of God not listening when people call on Him.

It sounds like the people referred to are sincere.  At least they are good at shedding tears.  But notice that it says God will not listen.  God is not your grandmother.  He is not your kindergarten teacher.  He is not your social worker and He does not play games. 

So don’t assume He is standing right behind that tree over there hoping to hear you say the right words.  He has a universe to run.  He may be saving the life of a future Mozart when you want to have your tizzy fit.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-227: Firsts: Thumps in the Night

My wife heard a noise last night.

I realize this is nothing new in our marriage and it isn’t even the first noise she has heard in Texas.  It was the first time she woke me up in the middle of a Texas night to search the house.  I had checked the doors before I went to bed.  I assumed it was just getting used to the sounds of a different house.  But I got my baseball bat and began to “clear the house”.

It is an interesting experience, and a good one to practice.  In our old home I knew all the hiding places and hidden corners.  This was full of constant surprises.  One surprise was a door that I had not even thought of.  It was standing wide open.  That is less than optimal.  I didn’t think of it because I never use it and it had no reason to be open.  Later I remembered that a workman had been at the house and had brought his children who played hide and seek.  Evidently one of them hid outside.  No harm, no foul.

We finally figured out the noise she was hearing, yes, there was a real noise, came from the used drier I had wired the day before.  It was a combination of “wrinkle guard” and a warning buzzer that sounds like a little bell.  It was ringing once every few minutes to tell you the dryer still had clothes in it. 

I still had to go through the garage.  After I had her calmed down I decided to also check the windows.  We never open them but the workmen seem to find it a challenge. 

If I had really believed someone was there I would have dialed 911. 

homo unius libri

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Opus 2017-226: On the Street: More Like on the Road, part 10 of 10

Finally we come to the end of the road.  We have left the hotel and are in the house.  All is not finished but there is enough for my wife to get by.  She is excited about road runners in front of our house and the turkey vulture that seems to roost on the chimney down the hill.  She is not excited about all the bugs that are coming through unsealed gaps.

I was up early enough to see where the sun rises.  At this time of year it is straight in front of the porch.  We overlook a few ridges and although today was clear I am expecting some great colors when there are a few clouds in the right locations.  There are many adventures ahead.

The greatest joy, though, is that I can now find a room where I cannot hear the TV. 

Bliss.

homo unius libri

Opus 2017-225: Firsts: Wired

I am not known for my mechanical skills.  If you give me enough time, clear enough instructions and a large enough budget I can eventually get something done.  And of course necessity is always an encouragement.

We have been trying to get into our new home.  It is not finished.  The shower in one bathroom is tiled and plumbed but the soap dishes are in the shower that is not ready.  The rooms we are going to sleep in don’t have any window coverings.  We can work around that but there are other issues.  One of them was a show stopper for my wife.  We brought our washing machine from California but had to buy a used electric dryer.  The problem we ran into was that the dryer had a four prong plug and the wall had a three prong.  Electricity scares me.  200 scares me even more.  Our builder promised to take care of it but time is passing and we are moving regardless.  My wife is frantic so I Googled the issue.

On the internet it looks pretty simple.  I convinced myself that I would not electrocute anyone.  I know that circuit breakers are supposed to keep that from happening.  I bit the bullet, fetched my tool box and leaned over the appliance.

I think I was successful.  The drum rotates, I felt heat and I am still alive.

If I was not successful this blog may stop suddenly in the next few days.

homo unius libri