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.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Opus 2015-82: Election 2016: Promises

Do I believe the promises of Ted Cruz?

Come on.  Are we all adults here?  I did not hear his speech but the promises are already flowing.  Did I hear something about doing away with the IRS?  I agree in principle.  It could be the thing to do.  But keep in mind that the government will still find ways to get our money and the solution may be worse than the disease.

Some “promises” we understand are not to be taken literally.  They exhibit principles that will be pursued.  For instance, Barak Obama promised to close Gitmo.  Has he done so?  No, that was not the real goal.  The principle behind the promise was to turn loose people who could damage America and make us a weaker nation.  On that he has been an overwhelming success. 

At best promises reflect philosophy rather than reality.  At worst, they are bread and circuses for the masses.  I take the promises of Ted Cruz with a grain of salt, just like I do other politicians. 

So listen to the promises.  Try to discern if they reflect principles that the candidate really believes in.  I look at what Ted Cruz has done.  I look at what he really believes.  I like what I see, so far.  I will keep watching, listening and remembering.

As Benjamin Franklin is reported to have said, “A republic, if we can keep it.”  It won’t be easy but liberty has never been easy.  Wake up and smell the candidates.

homo unius libri

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