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, January 29, 2018

Opus 2018-027: Forms of Government, part 4 of 5, Our Turn

Christians should have no trouble submitting to a king.  The Bible makes it clear monarchy is acceptable, but as Christian thinking developed and we had forces like the Enlightenment and the Reformation we developed more emphasis on us having an input.  What are the threads we look to for today’s systems?

Moses found that being in charge of the children of Israel was a job too big for one man.  His solution was to appoint elders who would appoint advisors, who would appoint someone under them and so forth.  Some point to this as a precursor of our representative form of government as expressed in our House of Representatives or England’s Parliament.  Later we have the Roman Republic and I am sure there are other forms of counsels that were formed to give advice or leadership.

I came across something that makes me think of the Senate.
(Revelation 7:4 KJV)  And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
And then follows a list of the tribes with 12,000 assigned to each.

In this case each tribe is getting the same number.  Granted it was not two but still the same.  By the time of Jesus Judah was by far the largest and the other tribes had been hauled into obscurity, yet each one will get the same delegation. 

Having said that, these are just seeds.  The idea that the common man would have a right to vote and express a binding opinion on the ruling class was the talk of a crazy man.  Even in Athens, known for democracy, the only ones who could vote were free, male property owners.

But little acorns to mighty oak trees grow.  Or I guess you can say that a strong wind will spread dandelion seeds all over the place.

To be continued...

homo unius libri


  1. "...male property owners..." - At the risk of getting lynched, I'll say that we wouldn't have one-tenth of the problems we have in this country if we'd stayed with these guidelines (which we once had).

  2. The women in my life are in favor of taking the vote away from women so you would have at least those two votes.

    Grace and peace


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