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, October 18, 2016

Opus 2016-277: Discernment Watch: Rome Reprise

One of the big questions in history is, “Why did the Roman Empire fall?”  Of course it didn’t really fall, it just crumbled but the question is still, “Why?”  Some have blamed it on Christianity.  Some on slavery.  We ask the question because we are looking for clues to our own culture.

I have my own theories and of course the primary theory changes on a regular basis.  What I notice is that they all come down to people being selfish.  For example, crime and violence are on the rise.  They have always been with us so what is different?  It used to be that a person breaking the law accepted it was wrong but did it anyway.  Now they make all kinds of claims to being the righteous one.  It will not be crime that destroys us but selfishness.  It is the self centered view that neutralizes all attempts at reform.  Not a lack of laws but a lack of morality.  It is not the things that are illegal but the things that are not yet illegal and are used by those demanding their own selfish way.  It is the way in which we rationalize for our own benefit.

Finding the answer to the question really won’t matter because the people who control the power don’t really care about the country as much as keeping their own power.  None of the justice campaigns is concerned about justice, just power.  Feminism is not really about equality but gaining superiority.  Civil rights laws were written to avoid things like affirmative action and quotas yet they are the standards anyway.  Education has become a method of brainwashing and indoctrination rather than a foundation of liberty.

But we still ask the questions and have responsibility for our own lives and choices.

Cynical?  No, realistic.

homo unius libri


  1. You are spot on. In the end, all we really have control over is our own selves.

    1. That makes two of us. Now all we need to do is convince the rest of the world.

      Grace and peace.


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