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, May 21, 2021

Opus 2021-181: Levels of Litmus

I am developing a new litmus test.  It involves the vaccines being used to experiment on the public.  I browse certain blogs and news aggregators.  There are really too many to get them all and they tend to duplicate anyway.  On blogs I look for people who write their own comments rather than just the ones who post long quotes of other people’s work.  My order of reading changes over time as I get to know the authors.  

Contrary to what the polite crowd likes to tell you, there are places where a litmus test comes in.  I have found that when someone is in favor of abortion on demand, you are getting a package deal.  Rarely do you find someone who thinks abortions are just a jolly way to practice birth control and also voted for Trump.  They also tend to be okay with most of the agenda of the left.  Recently I had someone describe people in their church who claimed to be devout Christians yet they considered themselves liberal.  I don’t doubt they are liberal.  I doubt they are Christian.  Fortunately for them I am not the one who will make that judgement.  

Another litmus test is becoming clear to me and it deals with how people view the vaccines for the China virus.  People are making choices and their choices give me a clue about how they think and what they believe about the world.  Here are some levels of litmus.

Level 1, If you have had the vaccine I question your wisdom.  I may still read what you have to say but you obviously listen to your children, wife and friends more than you consider the facts that are in front of you.

Level 2, If you think the vaccine is safe I question your intelligence.  Just the simple fact that none of these miracle drugs have had the kinds of test that bring out the kinks should be enough to make you hold them at arms length.  It also doesn’t take much reading to realize how much we are being lied to by the government and media.  There is enough data coming through to cause you to wait a little bit, after all, the mortality rate for the virus is not worth worrying about.  That is true even if the numbers they are telling us are true, which they are not.

Level 3, If you encourage people to have the vaccine I question your motives.  Why would want people to be influenced when there is so much doubt?

Level 4, If you push the vaccine I question your integrity.  By this time I have probably deleted your bookmark.  I figure is someone can be so wrong on one issue then they will be wrong on just about all the rest.

So when I read what you write I keep my mind open, not just to new ideas or opinions but to the level of brainwashing you are involved in.  At level one I might keep reading but as the levels follow I read less.  At some point I will assume you have gone to the dark side and ignore what you have to say.  It is along the lines of the meme that says something to the effect, “I don’t watch CNN for the same reason I don’t drink from the toilet.”

homo unius libri


Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.