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, July 25, 2014

Opus 2014-192: Fight, Flight or Turtle?

Self defense anyone?

Those of us who believe that the Second Amendment gives us the right to defend ourselves, family and property sometimes get a little too Hollywood in our concept of what it would be like to actually pull a trigger.  In my childhood fantasies I remember being in the Foreign Legion and defending a desert fort against hoards of attacking Bedouins.  I remember being the forgotten member of the Three Musketeers and taking on Cardinal Richelieu’s entire army by myself.  We need to be able to separate our fantasy world from real life.

If you listen to self-defense “experts” they will reminder you that the gun is not primarily to shoot someone but to stop them from attacking.  I have heard them say that the first step in self defense is awareness and the second is avoidance.  I came across that thought recently as I was reading my Bible.

(Proverbs 27:12 NAS77)  A prudent man sees evil and hides himself, The naive proceed and pay the penalty.

It is prudent to avoid evil rather than trying to John Wayne it.  We are naive to think that we can win a fight when we are out of shape and not only out of practice, but never had any practice.

So stay alert, avoid problems and know your limitations.

And, of course, keep your powder dry.

homo unius libri

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