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, September 19, 2011

Opus 2011-267, Tea Time: Steeping Determines Strength

In listening to pod casts I keep hearing about how the Tea Party candidates are starting to compromise.  Welcome to politics.  In a republic a certain amount of compromise is necessary.  It is not always evil.  If we can get a slice of bread today we can go for half a loaf tomorrow.  In a free country we may never get the whole loaf.  Such is the price of living among a free people.  Remember that in communist countries elections often produced results of 100%.

Will some of the Tea Party choices wimp out?  Sure.  They are humans and even in the best batch of humans you will have a few that won’t stay the course.  Does every compromise make them a Benedict Arnold or a Judas?  No, a thousand times no.  If you know their character and know their priorities then give them time to build the base we need.

Will Tea Party choices make mistakes?  Sure.  Even people with vision and principles, such as Ronald Reagan, made some serious mistakes.  When you look at a nice, honorable man like George Bush the Elder and his pledge of “read my lips” you see how easy it is for people who are honorable to not understand what evil lurks in the hearts of men.  They believed the elites when they promised to do something as part of a deal.  It is possible that some of the freshmen in Congress will need to go through the same process of learning. 

What Tea Party choices must never do is give up.  They must keep going for the gold and settling for the silver if necessary.  Just don’t accept the lead bell.

As a member of the mass of voters I am willing to give them time to do their job as long as I am convinced they have not taken their eye off the ball.  During the American Revolution there were frequent times when everything looked hopeless.  At one point the honorable George Washington was almost replaced with a political hack General.  We are blessed today because those men and women stayed the course.

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