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, August 8, 2013

Opus 2013-264: Cornerstone Considerations: Pleading the Fourth, part 1 of 3

Do you ever feel like your liberty is slowly slipping away?  Rapidly, you say?  We sing about the “land of the free and the home of the brave.”  Do you find yourself wondering if either is true any more?  In your cynical moments do you wonder if it was ever true.

Whistle blowers and security violations are in the news.  On the large scale we have people who have revealed the things our government is doing to invade our privacy.  On the local level we see a person who reveals that the prosecutor in the Zimmerman case, the representative of the people, was illegally withholding vital evidence.  That whistle blower is fired.  The lawyer makes the talk show circuit.  We see a judge who dumps an additional charge of manslaughter at the end of the case.  As far as I know she is still on the bench.  We have all run into cops or TSA agents who seem to enjoy being a blip on the radar of our life.  They will be there next time you come by.

What does it take to remain free?  My son and I were recently discussing this.  How can I, as an average citizen, expect to live without the agents of the government intruding into my home and my private papers without any kind of due process?  Let me quote an old document to you.  It is called the Constitution of the United States.  This is the Fourth Amendment to that Constitution.
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.”
I have just come through a TSA security checkpoint.  My person was violated.  My effects were violated.  Was there a warrant?  Did someone give an oath declaring that I was a risk to the nation?  What part of probable cause and due process have these people forgotten?  I would question if they ever knew about it. 

What is really scary is watching the sheeple be rayed and examined with not a whimper of protest.  I watch entire families ushering their children through, preparing them for the next step backwards.  How do we maintain freedom when so many want to take it away?

To be continued...

homo unius libri


  1. As a nation, I think we've been too spineless for too long to ever get our freedoms back. Considering that the forces of evil are international (It could be argued intergalactic.), resistance is probably futile. Some of us are suckers for lost causes, though.

    1. Keep in mind that to the unbeliever the Gospel is a lost cause. I would also agree that most times it is impossible to turn the clock back but it has happened a few times in history.

      Pray for revival in the church.

      Grace and peace.


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