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, November 6, 2016

Opus 2016-294: Election 2016: Shot or Hung? Your Choice

Have you heard the line, “Where am I and why am I in this handbasket?”  We have the feeling that things are going down hill.  Part of that is just because we are tired or had a personal conflict.  Part of it is because it is true.  Our liberty is being slowly surrendered as the Nanny State keeps building fences and riveting chains to keep us safe.  Think seat belts.  Think bicycle helmets.  Think compulsory education.  Think the war on drugs.  The chains take many forms.  All are designed to shelter us from making decisions or shield us from the repercussions of our stupid ones. 

Even with all the erosion of liberty I still think I live in the best country.  I am, however, not content with living in the best when I know that it is not as good as it used to be.  We may be the best but we are not what we were.  That brings us to our current election.

You have the chance to do something about it Tuesday.  The is the good news.  The bad news is that you have a choice of being shot or hung.

The choice is clear in a murky kind of way.  You can either vote for Hillary and guarantee that the light at the end of the tunnel is an approaching train or you can vote Trump and hope that in private when there is no bluster and ego on the line his advisors will help him make the right decisions.

And ultimately for believers we need to understand that God has already controlled Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Cyrus, and Balaam’s ass.  Think of the string of miracles that brought Hitler to his knees.  Think of the growth of the church in Communist China.  Get some context.  He can also control both Hillary and Donald.  Will we win the election?  Impossible.  There is no good choice.  Can we elect the least worse candidate in our eyes?  Certainly.  Will God still be on the throne?  No question.

So vote but remember you really only have two choices that have any meaning.  One for certain evil and one against certain evil. 

And relax.  American has been a delightful blip in history.  The end must come sometime.

homo unius libri


  1. My pastor pointed out today that God does some of his best work during the reign of godless rulers. Either way, this will be an opportunity to trust and rest in Him.

    1. Revival is more likely in the hard times. When things go well we tend to trust less in God and more in ourselves. It looks like we have times of faith ahead.

      Grace and peace.


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