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 2013-19: Headlines: Smaller Paychecks, More for the Government

I made a quick stop at Drudge to check the headlines.  I was greeted by “Millions noticing paychecks lighter today, due to payroll tax hike,” with a link to Fox News.  I thought we were promised that our taxes would not go up unless we were the uber-rich.  As usual the President lied and maybe people didn’t die but their freedom and flexibility are more anemic today.

I already lost $100 in my paycheck in January because of initial healthcare increases.  I expect more.  Now I am looking at another hit.  In the examples given the people making about half of what I make were getting hit around $40 dollars a month.  That means I can expect twice as much next paycheck.  And what do I get for this?  I get to stand behind people using their EBT card to buy their fast food, watch people use their EBT cards to buy foods I passed up as too expensive, and navigate past the people at the ATM withdrawing cash on their EBT cards.  I get to watch these same people working for cash and avoiding paying into the system.  For this I am supposed to get up at 5:00 A.M. and cheerfully pay my “fair share?”

At least I can say that nobody I voted for on any level made it into office.  I live in the People’s Republik of Kalifornia.  I keep my head down and hope I make it to retirement and can leave the state before they start locking up anyone who dares to vote Republican.  Actually I don’t.  I open my mouth too often to keep below the radar.  When they come, they will come for me.

Of course, based on the candidates the Republican Party keeps running for president and the action of the House, I am more understanding of those who say there is not much difference between the parties.  The only thing is, that small difference is all we have to work with on the political side.

I still think the only hope for the country is a Third Great Awakening and a revival of righteousness among our people.  That will bring a confession of sin, a conviction of selfishness and a sense of responsibility that we don’t see much of any more.

The good news is we are all part of the rich, except of course the 47% who don’t pay anything.

homo unius libri


  1. They wanted "change;" that will soon be all that's left.

  2. For us, yes.

    The only comfort, consolation, hope I can have is that the pain will get shocking enough to drive people to the cross. Some people only respond to pain.

    Grace and peace.


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