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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.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Opus 2013-378: 12/7 and 911, Lessons

It almost slipped by me.  This is the “Day that shall live in infamy.”  But it doesn’t seem to be living in our memories.

For those who didn’t pay attention, this is Pearl Harbor Day.  On December 7, 1941 a swarm of Japanese planes appeared over Honolulu and proceeded to pound the warships of the United States into hazards to shipping.  The issue was not that we were attacked.  The issue was that we were not at war.  At that precise moment Japanese diplomats were meeting with the American government to discuss relations and peace. 

It should have not come as a surprise.  People who are into conspiracy believe that Roosevelt knew the attack was coming and did nothing.  Some say he was deliberately prodding the Japanese hoping to bring about such a response so he could have an excuse to go to war.  I have not tried to dig into either but in hindsight I think it was necessary that we get involved and the American people were asleep about their place in the world.  I can understand Japan’s anger over being held down by the imperialists of Europe.  I can understand German anger over the way they were treated after World War I.  The problem is that each allowed itself to be subverted by leaders who were evil in methods and goals. 

Are the Japanese evil as a people?  No.  Are the German people any worse than the rest of the world?  No.  But in both cases they became accomplices in extreme actions of murder, torture and destruction. 

Much of the same can be said about September 11, 2001 and its results.  Conspiracy theories abound.  Anger is understandable.  A few led and continue to lead the masses into atrocities.  The American people were asleep. 

We have gone back to sleep.  The war of terror by evil people continues.  At present the leadership in that war is held by Muslims of Arab extraction.  They are not alone.  We need to wake up.  We need to do the homework to separate the evil from the submissive.  We need to separate the sheep from the goats.  We need to remove those who allow evil to run their lives.

Will we wake up?  I don’t see it happening.  It sometimes takes great pain to drive people to actions.  I pray that you and yours are not at the wrong place and the wrong time when the wake up call is issued.  I pray we wake up as a nation in time to survive.

Ignoring evil does not make it go away.

homo unius libri

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