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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, December 21, 2018

Opus 2018-306: What Comes after the Carols

The erosion of America continues.  The Progressive movement which traces its path back through endorsing Mussolini to the eugenics of Margaret Sanger is still alive and well even though it keeps changing its name to keep ahead of the rewards it has coming.  I am noticing the effects on the Christmas season.

The obvious attack is on secular Christmas music.  We have all wondered if the left had ever listened to “Baby It’s Cold Outside”.  We might ask ourselves is the left has ever been in snow country and hoping for the beauty of a snow covered landscape.  If they had, and ever went outside, they might understand that “White Christmas” is not a racial proclamation but a weather report.  We shake our head and wonder what else they can get silly about.

But it has its effect and they are more about killing American culture than censoring a song.  I have been in a number of stores and restaurants over the past week and I noticed that it did not seem as happy as it usually does.  I finally realized it was the lack or watering down of the Christmas music that is usually played over the sound systems.  The only place I have been that was getting into the spirit was Chick-Fil-e.  The rest fell into two categories.  One group is pretty much ignoring the fact that most of the children are excited about Christmas morning.  All they are playing is the usual unidentifiable pap that numbs our shopping minds.  The other group is only playing sanitized secular stuff like, “There Is No Place Like Home for the Holidays”.  I listen in vain for “Silent Night” or “Joy to the World”. 

Until recently I don’t remember anyone having a big issue with Christmas.  Jews I knew had trees and exchanged gifts.  Those who were religious enough to celebrate Hanukkah instead did not begrudge us anything.  I don’t think Buddhists have any big problem with enjoying the celebration.  They may not believe in the incarnation but Jesus was an Enlightened One.  Hindus I don’t know about.  The point is that because we were established as a Christian nation and functioned that way for 200 years the tradition was foundational.

No more.  And keep in mind the target is not just Christmas.  The target is all of the accumulated liberties and values that are based on a religion that supports the ideas that all men are created equal, there are unchanging moral values and that the liberties and values are from God.  The people behind the socialist agenda believe that right and wrong is something they can decide on a day by day basis and deny any liberty we have if it conflicts with the fact that they are more equal than others.  This month the emphasis may be on Nativity scenes but the ultimate goal is to shut you up and make you keep your head down.

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