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.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Opus 2013-18: Cornerstone Considerations: D of I, Truths: “Rights Among”

One of the principles of the Founding Fathers that is being ignored is the idea of limited government.  We have the tenth amendment that makes it clear that the federal government is not to be the reservoir of power.  It is to be limited.  The Declaration of Independence gives us an indicator of that. 
“they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness...”
Notice that the three specific rights are a beginning not an end.  They are “among” the rights.  They are not all.

There are other rights that the Creator has given us.  The government is not supposed to be finding ways to limit our liberty and choices, but to stay out of the way as we find our way.  At times the courts seem to understand this when they find new, unimagined “rights” such as the right to an abortion.  I think the unborn child has a right to life, which is mention here but at least the court is trying for limiting government.  I then realize they are really on the other side when they endorse Obamacare or take away our property with Kelo v. City of New London. 

At times it seems like every branch of government is trying to instigate another Continental Congress.

homo unius libri

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