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, August 3, 2015

Opus 2015-231: Discernment Watch: Remember the Communist Threat?

People under 20 have never been aware of the Communist threat that seemed to recede when the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991.  Many people over 20 never really believed there was a threat because they watched people like Dan Rather each night.  Mona Charen, in her book Useful Idiots, shares a quote attributed to John Meynard Keynes in 1934.  Keynes is no bastion of conservative free enterprise but in this case he called a spade a spade (with apologies to shovels).
“Communism is not a reaction against the failure of the nineteenth century to organize optimal economic output.  It is a reaction against its comparative success.  It is a protest against the emptiness of economic welfare, an appeal to the ascetic in us all.” p. 91
Keep in mind the Communism (aks socialism, liberalism, progressivism) is a belief system based on faith and assumptions.  It is like any other religion, based ultimately on faith and assumptions.  The assumption is that the ultimate reason for humanity to exist is to evolve into a Marxist state where everyone lives in equality and justice.  That is fine but because they are fanatics, they believe that it is okay to kill millions in order to achieve this enlightenment.  Don’t believe me?  Then check out how many have been butchered by the Communist states of the world.  Start with the Soviet Union, China and Cambodia.  If that isn’t enough for you don’t waste any more time.  You qualify as a Useful Idiot.

The Communist threat is still alive.  Some would say it is being resurrected but in reality it never went away.  It has festered in our universities and media.  It has hunkered down in Russia.  It has adjusted in China.  It has gone chameleon on us but it has never gone away.  As long as we have self righteous zealots who think they know what is best for us common folks the seeds will be alive among us.  When you don’t have the power to starve peasants and shoot dissidents they get temporary relief by limiting our showers, downsizing our cars and turning out cities into centers of racism.

Charen, Mona.  Useful Idiots.  Washington, D.C.:  Regnery, 2004.

homo unius libri


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    1. And the lessons keep being taught and the students keep asking, "Do I need my book today?"

      Grace and peace


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