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.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Opus 2012-121, The Cycle of Politics

It is almost like Abraham Lincoln was a prophet.  Or is it just that some things never change.  Here he is laying into the Democratic party.  Keep in mind that he is not a Republican yet because the party has not come together to fight against slavery.
“I know that the great volcano at Washington, aroused and directed by the evil spirit that reigns there, is belching forth the lava of political corruption in a current broad and deep, which is sweeping with frightful velocity over the whole length and breadth of the land, bidding fair to leave unscathed no green spot or living thing; while on its bosom are riding, like demons on the waves of hell, the imps of that evil spirit, and fiendishly taunting all those who dare resist its destroying course with the hopelessness of their effort; and, knowing this, I cannot deny that all may be swept away. Broken by it I, too, may be; bow to it I never will.”
If this does not describe the process of destroying the country that is going on today, I don’t know what does. 

Two points.

First, the country survived.  When this was written the Mexican American War was still in the future.  The Civil War was still 27 years away.  Things are going to get worse.  Then they are going to get worse again.  We have Bleeding Kansas to look forward to.  The nation survived.  Let us hope and pray that we can survive even Barak Obama.

Second, who are these people that claim that the country is more divided now than any time in the past?  Have they read any history at all?  Division and difference of opinion are the bed-rock of a free society.  Agreement and conformity are the picture of a totalitarian state.  People are not inclined to agree on everything but we can be taught to respect the rights of others.

So things may look bad but the lesson of history, and Abraham Lincoln, is that we can survive.

Lincoln, Abraham.  “Speech on National Bank in the Hall of the House of Representatives, Springfield, Illinois, December 20, 1839.”  The Writings of Abraham Lincoln - Volume 1: 1832-1843.  Amazon Free Edition.  Kindle Loc. 2063-68.

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