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, September 27, 2012

Opus 2012-247, Cornerstone Considerations: D of I, Separation

The United States was not established to run the world.  Excuse me if that sounds a little Libertarian and Ron Paul, but there it is.  Notice the terminology.

“to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them,...”
Let me first touch on the idea of “separate.”  There was of course the need to separate from England, to become an independent country.  There was also a desire in the Founding Fathers to separate from Europe and the European way of doing things.  We were supposed to be different.  That required a time of isolation. 

George Washington’s Farewell Address warning against foreign entanglements.  To get a flavor go to the document and do a search for “foreign” and variations of “entangle.” 

If there is anyone who would qualify as a Founding Father it would be George Washington.  He is the central figure in the early years of transition from colony to independence without the usual pattern of petty dictator emerging.  Here are a few of his concerns and recommendations. 
“Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence, I conjure you to believe me, fellow-citizens, the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake; since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican Government.”
Here he warns us to understand the motives of foreigners.  They are not out to make our system work.  They have other motives.  His focus was Europe.  That makes sense in his day.
“Europe has a set of primary interests, which to us have none, or a very remote relation. -- Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. -- Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves, by artificial ties in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships, or enmities.”
Our concern is wider because technology has made our world bigger, but the principle is the same.

What would George Washington have thought of the United Nations, World Court, and all of the other Byzantine organizations we have been tied to?  I don’t think he would approve, even if he were alive today and understood modern concerns.

We are to be a separate and different people.

homo unius libri


  1. "...separate and different people." Does that remind you of a phrase in the scriptures?

  2. Although I don't believe we have replaced Israel as the chosen people, and like Israel we have many flaws, we might historically come in second place. Our political leaders, like our church leaders, are giving up the call to be different.

    The Founding Fathers were not all believers but they were steeped in the Scripture.

    Grace and peace.


Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.