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.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Opus 2012-304, New Terms: Moderate

In my Perpetual Proverbs post for November 23 I was discussing a reference to the problems of drinking and part of what I said was this,
“We must find a balance in life.  The Bible does this.  In alcohol the balance is in moderation.  Moderation is a range of use.  In the case of alcohol the range is from none to small amounts.  Abstaining is moderation on this issue because alcohol is not a need.”
I noticed later that I used a word that has become a part of our political discussions and like so many words used by the post-moderns, it is taking on a new meaning.  I refer to the term “moderate” or “moderation.”  According to my computers dictionary, “moderate” means “1) average in amount, intensity, or degree; 2) (of a political position) not radical or extreme.”  That is the way that the word, as an adjective, has been understood until the last ten years of so.

No longer.

Now “moderate” means that you agree with the Progressives (Socialists, Communists, elites, academia, Democrats) and their ideas.  Thus we have the left wing media labeling Republicans as moderate when their views are those of Democrats.  As an example of this thinking I remember a conversation with one of my fellow teachers who thought that the L.A. Times was a conservative news paper.  Really.  He said it and meant it.  Today I had a man quoting out local paper as if that meant anything.  I used to have a friend who wrote for that paper.  He was a left-wing, Berkeley radical from the 60's.  He fit right in.  Since he was older, taking baths and getting haircuts, he would be considered “moderate.”

So just as “love” has come to mean sex, “gay” has come to mean homosexual, “respect” has come to mean multi-cultural equality, and “tolerance” has come to mean approval, now “moderate” has come to mean the L.A. Times.

Understand that Orwell’s “new speak” is alive and well among us.

homo unius libri

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