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.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Opus 2015-117: Discernment Watch: All Progress Isn’t

What is the difference between the Progressive picture of the future and that of the traditional conservative?  Both speak of rights and liberty.  Both talk about the people.  They mean entirely different things because they have different principles and understanding of human nature.

Progressives view of future of prosperity and freedom....for themselves.  In their utopia the elites will be in charge and make decisions about what choices others have.  Thus the common masses will be free to chose but only from the list that is provided by those who are wiser than they are.  Progressives view human nature as good but most of us are warped by society and evil things like religion and patriarchal families.  Only a small group of anointed are free of those restraints and until such silly notions are out of our heads, the elites must guide us.  Remember it is for your own good.  Remember that Progressive is the newest name for an old idea under many titles from Communist to Democrat (modern variety).

Traditional conservatives believe that it is man that is flawed and because he is flawed society has problems.  Unlike the Progressives, conservatives view themselves as flawed like everyone else.  Because of this they established a political system with checks and balances that made it very hard for a small group of elitists to control everyone else.  The Progressives are working hard to dismantle that system.  They now control the courts, education, the media and most government agencies.  These agencies are appointed by the elites and are beyond the control of the voters.  Conservatives believe in individuals being responsible for their own lives and expect people to live with the consequences of their decisions.

The differences are not always drawn by party lines.  There are many calling themselves Republicans that are in bed with the Progressives.  In my heart I believe there are probably a few Democrats that believe in individual liberty but I have to take that on faith because I don’t see it.

We are all for progress but only some of us are for genuine liberty.

homo unius libri


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    1. Thank you. Wouldn't it be nice if it didn't need to be said?

      Grace and peace.

  2. Exactly.
    'They" have no god, so they take His place themselves.
    It is the nature of the apostate human to do so.
    We true conservatives are mindful of God's admonition that we 'not lean unto thine own understanding'.
    At best, human understanding is very tiny and incomplete.
    How could a few humans, no matter how 'elite', presume to be the arbiters of all humanity?
    The Devil is an egomaniac and he begets egomania of one sort or another in all of his followers.

  3. The appeal to be as god began in the Garden and continues to be one of the great lies. I expect that even when standing before the Judgement Seat of God most humans will be defiant.

    Grace and peace.


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