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.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Opus 2015-370: Discernment Watch: Slight of Hand Labels

I had the radio on to the Glen Beck program until I could get my I-Pod going without causing an accident.  I-Poding can be as dangerous as texting while driving.

They were playing sound bites from Trump’s appearance at the Iowa meeting from previous weeks.  I think I wrote about it before.  The question was about whether he had ever asked God for forgiveness and he went off on a praise moment for Norman Vincent Peale.  It was pretty obvious that either he did not understand the question or he was trying to avoid it.

What Beck and his sidekicks were getting at was that Trump had no idea what Christianity was all about.  They felt it was a deliberate attempt to sound religious when he isn’t.  They felt like it was pandering to the Christians in the crowd.

First, I think it was obvious to anyone with a real faith in Jesus that Donald Trump is not a Christian.  He might have actually gone to church.  He may have really enjoyed the sermons of Peale.  He might even try to do good.  But he clearly is not a Christian.  There are certain clear indicators of being a Christian or not.  People who reject the clear teachings of the Bible on the physical resurrection, eternal damnation, sexual morality and marriage my call themselves Christians but they are practicing what Orwell calls “newspeak” or the post moderns call “deconstruction”.  It is like me calling myself a great golfer.  I may have the clubs, I may have the shirt, I might have the money but I don’t have the swing.

Second, it is amusing to hear Mormons accusing Trump of deception when he calls himself a Christian.  Mormons are not Christians.  They may be wonderful neighbors, fine employees, great parents and patriots, but they are a cult, not a denomination.

As I have said, I don’t like Trump for president but I am enjoying his contribution to the season.  He is forcing issues that need to be addressed.  He is openly declaring that the King has no clothes.  For that I thank him and give him credit.  But he is not a Christian.  On that score I just smile and shake my head and wonder how many gullible people there are.  I want to thank him but I don’t want to vote for him for reasons that have nothing to do with being a Christian.

homo unius libri


  1. I hope to vote for him in the general, but will be voting for Huckabee in the primary.

    1. I could vote for half the field at this point. By the time it gets to me in California most of the people I like have dropped out. We will see.

      Grace and peace.


Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.