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.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Opus 2011-96, Headlines: Exit Strategy?

Libya is on people minds today.  We have observed the carnage.  We are horrified at how cheap human life comes in the Middle East and North Africa.  What do we do?  As Christians we can continue to pray for the people and the leaders.  As citizens it is a little more complicated.  What is right in this situation?  Do we have the right or duty to go barging in with guns blazing?  Should we just sit back shaking our heads over the violence?  There are many questions and few answers.

We should be careful not to get too hostile toward our president.  I would suggest that each American judge this president by the same standards you judged the last one.  Try to get beyond the party label and take the high road.  (Full disclosure:  I believe the current president is at best a socialist, at worst a communist.  I believe his real goal is to reduce the United States to a backwater of the world with only his elite friends living well.  I try to get beyond that.)  If you were a hawk before, don’t change because a Democrat is in the White House.  If you were a dove, stay a dove.

What amazes me is this mantra about an exit strategy.  They used it on George Bush.  They are using it on Barak Obama.  Since when do we need an exit strategy when the goal is to win?  I believe Ronald Regan was asked what his goal was and he said, “Simple.  We win, they lose.”  When we commit our military the only acceptable strategy is to win and leave when the job is done.    It is a strategy, not a tactic.  Maybe people ought to learn the difference.

Play to win or don’t play at all.

homo unius libri

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