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, February 4, 2021

Opus 2021-069: Bounced Checks and Loaded Balances, part 3 of 3

The glue that has held all of this together was a common set of moral values.  It really wasn’t the Constitution that gave us our liberty.  I am sorry to be the one to disillusion you.  My understanding is that the Soviet Union had a constitution too and it guaranteed freedom of religion.  How did that work for them?  The glue was the shared understanding that there were limits and that you didn’t cross certain lines.  We agreed that some things are always right and others always wrong.  That unchanging moral base was what was necessary to keep the piece of paper in place.  What good is a contract if one side refuses to honor it?  What good is the law if you have people in positions of responsibility who make it a one way gate?

The Founders were aware of this need.  Here are a few quotes,

“But it is religion and morality alone, which can establish the principles upon which freedom can surely stand.” John Adams in letter
“Tis substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule indeed extends with more or less force to every species of free Government.”  George Washington, Farewell Address
We are living to see the end of that consensus.  The new Democratic regime, and I say regime not administration, is at war with the Constitution.  There is nothing new about that.  Powerful people have always pushed against restraints.  What has changed is they are also at war with the Judeo-Christian foundations of our country.  In reality that is not new either.  What is new is that they have become so blatant about it.  They have gone to warp speed.

Do Americans care enough to stop it?  I don’t know.  I have watched the pastors of the nation’s churches compromise and abandon their calling in order to be accepted.  We criticize politicians who go liberal when they get to Washington because they want to be invited to the best parties.  That same seems to be true of the clergy.  I have heard people claiming to be Christian while they reject the teachings of the Bible.  Will there be enough salt to savor the stew?  I hope so.  I pray so.  

Time will tell.

homo unius libri


  1. Replies
    1. Cynic? Realist? Discerning observer of the human condition? Yes. Yes. Yes.

      Grace and peace


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