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.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Opus 2014-31: Headlines: How Goes the Battle?

As I was dressing Sunday morning my wife again had the TV on some news channel.  The topic was the coming Olympics and how things were not going well.  One reason was the failure of the ex-Workers’ Paradise to be able to do anything except military well.  What did you expect?

The other big issue was the difficulty of dealing with the terrorist threats.  The reporter talked about security measures and checkpoints.  It was obvious that the world of the Olympic had been transformed into some kind of military installation.  My reflection on this is that the terrorists are winning. 

The point of terrorism is not to win battles but to paralyze society by causing crippling fear.  If they can get us to change how we do things, they win.  If they can get us to constrict our freedom and always look fearfully over our shoulders, they win.  If they can transform us into a police state we might as well buy Korans and prayer rugs. 

They are instilling terror.  They are changing our way of doing things.

The only way we can continue to exist as a free people is to accept the risks of freedom.  Some will die.  Some will suffer.  If we make sure that the terrorists do not live to strike again, eventually we will come out on top.  If they see they cannot make us cower behind our doors, they will give up and go home. 

We need to replace the Department of Homeland Security with the Department of Burying Terrorists. 

Freedom beckons.  Do we want it enough to risk our lives?

homo unius libri


  1. I would disagree. Simply catching them and killing them will only breed more. The only way to stop terrorism is to make the reaction so horrid that even THEY don't think it's worth it. That would involve such things as wiping out entire villages or cities where the terrorists come from. Anything less and they believe they've won. Why do you think God told the Israelites to destroy every single person in some areas? The fact that they didn't is why we now HAVE terrorism. I know that sounds repulsive to the modern ear, but it's the truth.

    1. Part of the problem we face is that we are called to a higher standard than evil. The concept of an eye for an eye was mild in its day. Jesus talking about turning the other cheek was another hard step away from retribution. I understand your point and want to agree but I am not sure we can go that far. I am willing to consider it though. Romans 13 gives the government the sword to deal with evil and removing the source of evil could be a part of its responsibility.

      This is a needed discussion that is being avoided.

      Grace and peace.


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