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.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Opus 2018-146: Living in Oz

Do certain spots in our culture get a pass on honesty?  In a recent discussion with my son his proposition was that the news media has always been biased.  He brought up the news coverage of the Boston Massacre, Yellow Journalism and the propaganda of World War II.  Expecting the average reporter to be objective about truth is naive and pointless.  They usually either lie or believe that what they want is truth.  Not only is that consistent with New Age thinking, it is consistent with the Christian view of original sin.  His advice was, “Get over it.”

Should we “get over it”?

Think of the different areas that we are lied to on a regular basis.  Reporters in the main stream media have a hard time seeking truth.  For them the mantra might be, “What are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?”  Whether it is Trump Derangement Syndrom or Global Warming the observable facts seem to be ignored to advance the agenda of the left.  When Obama or Clinton did it, praise.  When Bush or Trump does the same, shock.  I am not sure that the news sources of the right are always innocent of this method of reporting.  I know I never read anything without my baloney meter turned on high. 

Politicians?  I know that if they have a “D” by their name they are just repeating the DNC talking points.  It is depressing how lock step the Democrats are.  The Republicans also have their share of self-serving hacks.  We are used to it and expect it.  Should we?

How about sales and advertising.  Do you believe what you see on the label.  One of my favorites is a bag of lemon drops that advertised it was a “fat free food”.  Yes, but it was all sugar.  Then you have the packages that say “sugar free”.  True, but they often have another sweetener that has just as many calories.  This one I can live with by ignoring it or buying a different product.

Then think about the fiction we read and watch.  Was Homer one of the original liars?  Is the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” deceitful?  I always like the marital arts characters who knock people across the room and they come back for more.  Really?  I can only suspend belief so much.

We have learned to live with untruth.  In entertainment it is suspending reality for the purposes of enjoyment.  Maybe we should accept the news and the news makers as just other entertainers.  Are vocalists crooning about how much they love us really any different than a senator telling us he is concerned about the good of the country.

I would take it all with a grain of salt but they tell me salt is bad for me.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Opus 2018-145: Firsts: Enough Is Enough

I never thought I would see the day but it finally arrived.  I had enough bacon. 

Of course great moments never happen in a vacuum.  It was my final dinner at my son’s house.  We had to finish things off because he has a way of not eating left overs.  We started with corn on the cob and a big salad with every bit of vegetable matter that we did not need for BLT’s later.  We decided to wait a few hours for the bacon.

When the moment arrived we had lots of tomato, three kinds of heavy bread, the outside lettuce leaves and, of course, bacon.  It was a feast and I was shocked when my appetite and my bacon ran out at the same time. 

So I had enough bacon.  Anything is possible.

homo unius libri

Monday, June 11, 2018

Opus 2018-144: Japan: Expressions of Polite, Part 11 of ?

In Japan it is considered unacceptable to blow your nose in public.  For all I know it might be unacceptable in private also.

A lot of people wear those surgical masks in Japan.  At first I thought it was people who were germophobes but I was told it was really the people who were sick.  They were wearing the mask out of consideration for the people around them.

A polite people, the Japanese.

homo unius libri

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Opus 2018-143: Fathers’ Day Is Coming

My son asked me when Fathers’ Day was scheduled this year.  I told him the partial truth, “I don’t know.”  The other part of the truth is that I don’t particularly care.  It isn’t that I don’t value fatherhood.  I do.  It has been one of the great joys of my life.  The point for me is that one day where you act like your father is important means nothing if you have not been showing that all year.

We joke about something called “Children’s Day”.  It has to be a joke because every day is Children’s Day.  The fact that I can be perpetually proud of my children makes every day a type of Fathers’ Day.  The fact that they allow me to be part of their life adds special emphasis to certain days.

When my son asked me the question I had been spending a few weeks at his house.  I fit myself around his schedule and entertain myself when he is engaged.  I fix grits for breakfast and we plan the dinners that we like but can’t have when the women are in charge.  That can run from BLT’s to Soylent in Cocoa Pebbles.  We buy weird coffees and act like we are connoisseurs who know the meanings of acidic and balance.  Did you know that you can pay $62 a pound for Jamaican Blue Mountain?  I would say that three weeks living at my son’s place is a good Father’s Day gift.  I would say three weeks in Japan with my daughter, son in law and new grandchild are also great Father’s Day gifts.

It sure beats a new tie.

homo unius libri

Opus 2018-142: Headlines: Zimbabwe Reprise Continues

If you have not been following events in South Africa it is not surprise.  No one seems to be covering it.  Recently the parliament of South Africa passed a bill that allowed the government to confiscate the farms of white citizens without compensation.  I wrote about this before.  Keep in mind that the agreement between the previous white controlled government and the new black controlled government contained constitutional guarantees that this would not happen.  The South African farmers had seen what happened in Zimbabwe and did not want a reprise. 

Unfortunately promises are made to be broken and if you are in a country that feels the government gives you the right to property, the government can take away your right to property.  Australia is looking to be of assistance.  Some of South Africa’s white farmers can see the writing on the wall and are looking to get out while they are still alive.  Australia is looking for ways to help them according to the article in The South African.

It seems like a workable solution before the remaining farmers are slaughtered or evicted.  From the article it could be assumed that Australia could use more farmers. 

Let’s hope this is a win for everyone.  Black South Africa has already decided that it wants to follow the route that Zimbabwe pursued, crop failure and famine.  If I lived in South Africa I would be getting out as soon as possible with as much as possible.

homo unius libri

Friday, June 8, 2018

Opus 2018-141: A Pseudotweet

It occurred to me this morning that I have developed the strange habit of “making” my bed each day.  Something which I resisted with all the fervor of youth has now become second nature.  The first miracle is that I notice it isn’t made.  The second is that I straighten it up without an inner struggle of my spirit of liberty yearning to live free.

I don’t know when the change happened.  I am wondering why?  Is my wife a better nagger than my mother?  Did an alien possess my body?  Is it a sudden need for islands of order in my life?  Is it because I am getting old and losing my mind?  I am going to go with modern culture and claim to be the victim.

I am the victim of the modern casual approach to life.  The last wedding I attended had me standing out as one of the few men who wore a tie.  Most guests were dressed like they were going on a date to a local bar.  At church last Sunday the uniform was some sort of worn looking denim and a shirt that was not tucked in.  That spirit has embraced my inner bed maker.

For those of you who are new to this world the making of a bed used to be an arduous task.  The corners had to be neatly tucked in.  The top sheet was to be evenly folded back over the blanket, even though it would be covered by the pillows and bed spread.  The pillows were neatly arranged across the top of the bed and the bed spread was brought up over them and tucked under the front.  The bed spread had to be evenly draped on all sides.  It was quite a procedure.  No wonder I hated it.

Now I just kind of pull things up until they are generally neat.  The pillow goes wherever it ends up and since the bed spread is really a down comforter it covers a lot of uneven sheet wrinkles.  It takes a few seconds.

Am I getting better or are the expectations worse?  Is it a victory for sanity or a sign of disintegration?  This sounds like one of those stereotypical tweets that share how many squares of toilet paper you used this morning. 

homo unius libri

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Opus 2018-140: Headlines: The New Lottery

The Miss America Pageant has decided to do away with the swim suit competition.  If they had just gone ahead and done it with no announcement I would have never known because I don’t think I have ever watched it unless my wife wanted to sometime in the past.  Long ago I found that walking through an expensive bakery was not a good idea for an overweight diabetic. 

What I think was interesting was the idea that the women in the competition should not be judged on looks.  Okay.  Then to be consistent we would need to bring out the burkas and hook up those machines that disguise your voice.  If we are really concerned about doing away with physical responses then we can expect to see further announcements. 

Of course if we are trying to level the playing field we will also need to do away with other areas that some might have an unfair advantage.  Since some people are born tone deaf we could not have any musical talent displayed.  Some people do not speak English so there could actually be no verbal responses possible if we want to be fair.  To be complete we need to do away with anything having to do with intelligence also. 

As we continue down the road of the absurd we need to consider the comments by some that we must be sensitive to those who were born male but identify as female and have not gone public.  In fact, maybe limiting the competition to just women seems to be a bit discriminatory.  It should be open to all 49 gender identifications, or whatever the current number is. 

I would suggest that the only logical future for the Miss America Pageant is to become the Ms/Mr America Lottery.  If that ever becomes a reality and the rewards are good enough I might be inclined to sign up but only if there is no age discrimination.

What a world we are living in.

homo unius libri

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Opus 2018-139: Japan: Paying the Bill, Part 10 of ?

In Japan you do not hand anyone money directly.  You always lay it on the counter for them to pick up.  Everywhere you go they have these little trays like you get in fancy restaurants.  You put your money on the tray.  They carefully count out your change.  They bow.  All is good in the world.

I understand that it is considered an insult to hand them the money directly.  It has something to do with prostitution.  It seems strange to us but that is the way they do it.  Some accommodations are not a burden, just hard to remember. 

homo unius libri

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Opus 2018-138: On the Street: The Return of the Longhorn

The sign said, “Registered Longhorns for Sale”.  It is amazing what happens when society becomes so rich they don’t have time for standards.  If you ever watched cowboy movies in which they were driving cattle to the railhead you know about the role of the longhorn.  The longhorn was a type of cattle that strangely enough had long horns.  The reason the long horns were important is that they became deadly weapons when the animal felt threatened and even more deadly when they were in a bad mood.  That was all the time.  They had run wild and survived in the wild.

Longhorns were noted for their bad attitudes.  It was almost as if they knew they were born to be the central feature at a barbeque.  They were also noted as having tough, stringy meat.  It was considered a great day for steak lovers when the longhorns were cross bred with other breeds of cattle to produce more tender steaks and roasts. 

Now for some reason things come full circle.  What would be considered a cull is now “registered” as if they were really special.  Maybe they are now considered pets.  They do look majestic when the horns spread six feet or more.  Some might even consider them a romantic figure but that is beyond my ken. 

It will be interesting if Longhorn Steak ever becomes an item in expensive restaurants.  My guess will be that they can only be eaten in rooms with no air conditioning.

homo unius libri

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Opus 2018-137: I Find a New Author

How do you know if a writer is a liberal?  There are lots of clues.  I am recently working through the novels of David Baldacci.  He writes an entertaining story.  The first couple I read I enjoyed with no qualifications but as I began to read through the different series he is working on I began to see certain patterns.

In one book he continually used the acronym ISIL instead of ISIS.  As far as I know President Obama is the main one who used this term in trying to push the legitimate cause of Islam in the Middle East.  ISIS stand for “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria”.  ISIL stands for “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant”.  To geographically challenged Americans the question is, “So what?”  Using the term Levant is granting that the Islamic state has a legitimate claim to the land of Israel.  If you question this, Google “Levant”.  When the results come up you will see some maps on the right that include Israel.  When you look at the major cities of the Levant you will find Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.  Obama was making a political statement by his choice of words.  I have to feel Baldacci was doing the same.  The other possibility is he only reads the New York Times.

There are a lot of other clues.  The tone he takes on issues like business, medicine and such.  So far the balance between irritating liberal doggerel and a good story are coming down on the side of the story, so I will continue reading.  He seems to have a theme in some of the books.  He dealt with human trafficking in one.  The one I am reading now seems to highlight the problems in foster care.  Another dealt with secret government programs that seemed to be developing cyborg soldiers.  Good topics that need to be highlighted.  Somehow I don’t think he will ever deal with the Planned Parenthood scandal of selling baby body parts or the lack of credibility in the media.  That would be too much to hope for but I will hope anyway.

I continue reading with my baloney meter turned on and my mind in gear.

homo unius libri

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Opus 2018-136: Questions

I have been reading in Judges.  It was a bloody time.  There are chapters that have no purpose or teaching that I can see.  Does that bother me?  Yes, but it is so far down my list I don’t think about it much. 

Some people approach the Bible with the doubt of pride.  They are committed to tearing it apart and proving it wrong.  So they focus on things like the massacre of Ai.  Others approach it from the questioning of faith.  They are looking for answers to life.  I count myself in the latter.

Do I have the answer to some of your questions?  No, not yet.  I will someday.  Until then I am too busy trying to understand the rest.  I may not get to your questions until I have been resurrected for a few millennia.  Of course, by then I might already know the answer from something else I was studying.

Are questions good?  They can be.  They can also just be an expression of a desire to agitate.  What is the difference?  When you tell your children to take out the trash and they ask “Why?”  It might be genuine curiosity about why you want them to empty something they just took out without you asking.  It could also be nothing but rebellion if things are running over onto the floor.

So ask away.  Question.  And be satisfied with a frequent “I have no idea” and an occasional “Because I said so.”

homo unius libri

Friday, June 1, 2018

Opus 2018-135: Headlines: Who Is Tommy Robinson?

If our Progressive (Liberal, Democrat, Socialist, Elite, RINO) leaders have their way the experience of Tommy Robinson will soon come to a community near you.  If you don’t know about Tommy Robinson then you either are not paying attention or their plan has already isolated you in a Nanny State cocoon. 

Tommy Robinson was standing outside a courthouse in England where some Muslims were on trial for rape and assorted other crimes.  He was using Facebook to report on what was happening.  He was arrested for “breaching the peace”.  That sounds pretty serious.  Evidently he had done such a heinous things before and standing in public making comments on his Facebook page was a violation of his parole.  Within five hours he appeared before a judge and was locked up again for thirteen months.  It seems he was locked up in the same prison that contained the Muslims.  Then the judge passed down a gag order telling the news media not to tell anybody about it.  In this country you don’t have to do that because the media is so one sided, but London still has competing newspapers that like to get a scoop.

This is what the English system of justice has become.  It is what the Progressives want to see in this country.  I have often noted that our basic Bill of Rights is based on the English Declaration of Rights of 1689.  One noticeable difference is in the right to what we call Freedom of Speech.  It contains a mention of such but it only applied to members of Parliament.  The common, every day, man on the street had no such protection.

Our Founding Fathers made it clear that they were determined to break from the European model.  Today’s Bumbling Bureaucrats are doing everything they can to repair the damage.  The European Model involved hereditary class systems.  The European Model made common people subjects more than citizens.

Which brings us to the case of Tommy Robinson.  He is in jail because he spoke out against the politically correct desire to cover up and protect the atrocities being unleashed on the British people my the growing Muslim minority.  With his incarceration we are slapped up side the head with an awareness that England is not the land of the free.  It isn’t now.  Maybe it wasn’t then. 

It is time for the United States to renew its commitment to not being like Europe.  If we don’t then many of us will be facing jail time and a lot of misery.  Elections are coming.  Don’t vote for anyone who is not proud to be different from the rest of the world.

homo unius libri