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.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Opus 2020-168: A Mask Instead of a Chip

I am wondering if I met the Beast today. 

I am not a conspiracy nut, or at least I don’t think so.  I don’t see the deep state behind every computer glitch nor do I see Soros or Rothschild behind every fool.  Today I began to wonder.

It started off at the bank.  I took a mask with me because I needed to sign some paper work.  At the door I read the fine print and it said customers did not need to wear a mask, so I didn’t.  What I found amusing was that they required me to use hand sanitizer before I entered.  Okay.  I can do that.  That was not what amused me.  What rolled my eyes was that after my hands were germ free I had to reach out and open the door using the same door handle that everyone else was using.  Then when I got inside, I was asked for ID.  I dug out my driver’s license and laid it on the desk thinking the clerk would look without touching or use gloves.  No.  She just picked it up.

So far I am having fun with the nonsense.  Then my wife, being my wife, decided that she needed to stop at a new Mexican place just up the street.  When we got inside I was told that if I did not have a mask I would not be served.  My wife had her mask in her hand, not on.  They said nothing to her.  We left.  I was not allowed to buy or sell.

This brings me to the chilling part about the Beast.  The Beast of Revelation will set things up to demand toeing his line.
(Rev 13:17 KJV) And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
My wife said that our only major grocery chain, H-E-B, has made a corporate decision to require masks even in areas that have not government mandate.  Okay.  I still have the little store I went to yesterday but what if they do the same?

I know.  It is only a mask.  It isn’t a computer chip or a mind altering vaccine.  It is just a mask.  I can even make a joke of it by wearing a bandana.  It is still a government action that is closing in on me saying, “Wear this mark to show your submission or you will not be able to buy or sell.”

We live in interesting times.  No, I do not think that a mask is the Mark of the Beast.  At this point I can probably have food delivered if I want to go that far, but I view this as a trial run by the government and a chance for me to work through some realities.  Like, what happens when your credit card also requires your Covid Vaccination Number to be processed?

Again, we live in interesting times.

homo unius libri


  1. You keep getting closer to reality, Pumice! - lol

    1. I used to think I would not live to see things fall apart. Not so sure now.

      Grace and peace


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