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, March 10, 2023

Opus 2023-066: Plow and Crown: Progress Destroys

Perhaps both the crown and the plow are necessary.  As Americans we tend to believe in a general attitude of equality.  We believe that you can know success through a lot of hard work and a little bit of luck.  We don’t want anyone telling us what to do.

How is that working out recently?  We keep hearing the forces of Marxism talking about democracy as if it is a magic elixir that brings Utopia.  They are working, by rigging the voting and lying to the public, to take over our country by democracy.  They are counting on the masses who seem to be un-American in the sense that they want someone to take care of them and are willing to give up their liberty for bread and circuses.  

There is a reason that democracy is not found in the Bible and was rejected by the Founding Fathers.  The only election that is talked about in scripture means the opposite of what we mean by an election.  The elect in the Bible are those chosen by God, not voted into the position.  The Bible makes it clear that all humans are born in sin which means they tend to take the selfish road if given a chance.  Democracy would simply give them a chance to force their wish list on other people.  

The Biblical form seems to be a strong man with selected leaders under him with the responsibility to oversee smaller groups.  The strong man can be a king such as David, a priest such as Samuel, a Judge like Deborah or an apostle like Paul.  They are chosen by God and marked in such a way that the population accepts them in that role.

You need a strong man but there is a catch.  For the system to work, he must be godly.  Bad kings brought judgement.  Good kings brought blessings.  Eli was a weak vessel and there were problems.  Samuel was godly and oversaw good times.  

You need the common man to do the work.  Face it.  Someone needs to dig the ditches while the engineer designs the building.  Every great chef requires a team of waiters and busboys.  Your top used car salesman can’t sell cars if he has to clean the restrooms.  We just don’t like to be the one stuck with the toilet brush.  

What is ahead for us as a nation?  Will the republic recover?  I would say “survive” but it looks like it is already too late for that.  There are going to be changes.  Often, if not always, the old must be destroyed to make room for the new.  We have different examples of how that has worked.

We have change brought about without destruction of society.  The Glorious Revolution is an example of relatively bloodless revolution.  Things like the Wesley Revival and the Great Awakening break down old patterns

Then you have things like the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution.  Massive bloodshed and terror.  One led to the Napoleonic Wars and the reshaping of Europe.  The other led to millions murdered and generations of tyranny.      

We know change is in the wind.  Maybe we should celebrate Davos and the promise of owning nothing and being happy.  It may take that to eventually force the cows to decide they don’t want to go to the slaughter house and break down the fences.

There may be time to pull it out.  Keep praying.  Stand up.  Speak out.  Be counted.

homo unius libri

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