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.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Opus 2022-163: The Rot Continues

I have found another book in the library that was recommended to me.  It is Live Not by Lies by Rod Dreher.  It is the first book I have read by Dreher.  One of the great benefits of the library to me is that if the book is not worth reading I can return it at no financial loss.  I am going to finish this one.  He is writing about the growing move in our country toward totalitarianism and how it matches what happened in Europe in the 20th century.

One point he made was about how we have a declining trust in our institutions.  You have all seen the results of polls show such things.  These are more general that the downward trend in confidence in President Biden.  Two sentences stood out to me.  The first was,

“According to Gallup, American’s confidence in their institutions - political, media, religious, legal, medical, corporate - is at historic lows across the board.”
You have all seen this trend.  Most of us agree.  What made me sit up and think, though, was the next sentence,
“Only the military, the police, and small business retain the strong confidence of over 50 percent.” p. 34
My feeling is that the elites that are running this country through administrative regulation are out to destroy the country.  Notice the three institutions mentioned in the second sentence and think about what you see going on in the media circus.  Our military is going woke and driving out the patriots who were hanging in there.  The now repeated failure of police to confront murderers on school campuses is working to make more and more people think defunding the police is a good idea.  Small business has been decimated by the government edicts of the last two years.  I don’t think the second sentence is accurate any more.

They are out to get us.  The institutions that we once trusted are working overtime to help them.  I think of the ways that the medical profession has been not only administering the blue pill but seem to have taken it themselves.  Churches are going woke and refusing to confront clear and obvious sin.  Businesses are donating millions to organizations like BLM and Antifa that are out to destroy their customer base.

I mention these three because I think they are the ones we can influence the most.  We need to become more vocal and active in changing our behavior.  Let your doctor know you are unhappy with his dishonesty and ignorance.  Maybe you should not use those words but a good thesaurus or clever teenager could give you ways to say it.  You need to listen carefully to what your pastor is saying and we need to make words like “heretic” part of our vocabulary again.  And people, for eternity’s sake, work on changing your shopping habits.

Speak up and stand up before they invite you to an extended stay in an isolated resort that is very secure.

Dreher, Rod.  Live Not by Lies.  New York:  Sentinel, 2020.

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