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, April 1, 2016

Opus 2016-89: War Is Coming

Human history is a constant litany of wars.  It has been a long time and I don’t have a clue to the source, but I heard someone say that in all the history of humanity there were only about 30 years in which a war was not being fought somewhere.

So prophesying about war is no great risk.  It will come.  The question is when.

There are two countries of concern for us in America:  China and Russia.  China is flexing muscles and rattling sabers.  The leaders of China are trying to make it a world power.  You have probably read about them building islands in the South China Sea.  There is oil under the waves and the bottom is shallow.  It is also the path of much of the world’s shipping.  Big dreams lay under big gambles.  Sooner or later China is going to come into confrontation with the United States and our allies.  They will also be pushing against those who consider themselves independent.  If we are strong and resolute with an up-to-date military it will probably just be brinkmanship.  A lot will depend on who the next president.  If we have a strong, resolute leader we may have some tension but the bullies will back down. 

Russia is in a similar situation except they have a bully with a name, Putin.  He has been looking around for years to see what small weak countries he could gobble up.  His latest “conquest” is part of Ukraine.  If Ronald Reagan had been president he would have sent all the military hardware he could find and Ukraine would have stopped the Russians cold.  Bullies talk big until someone stands up to them.  If we get another president like Obama we can expect the Russians to keep taking big bites out of Europe and laughing at us as they do it.  It can be avoided but only if we are strong and resolute.

There is another war I don’t think it can be avoided.  We may refuse to fight it and if that is the case we will see what happens when someone calls a war and nobody comes.  The other side will come and they will come with their explosive vests.  They will have sharp knives and swords to behead the enemy.  The enemy will be, and is, anyone who does not bow their knee to Islam. 

Why do I know we will have a war with Islam?  Because we have been at war with Islam ever since Mohammad led his armies against the city of Medina back in 627.  There have been cease fires and truces but the war has been fought for around 1,400 years.  What you are seeing in the headlines is simply the current battles.  We are at war, even if we are not fighting.

Why do I not say “radical Islam”?  The war is against anyone who is a sincere believer in Allah.  The world is to be brought into submission.  If it can be done peacefully, good.  If not, then violence is the answer.  If you don’t believe it then buy a Koran and read the entire thing.  Don’t just read the passages that sound like the book of Psalms.  Read the ones that insist on death to those who are not of the one true faith.

Can it be a war we win?  Yes, but only if we fight it.

homo unius libri


  1. I can't help but think that islam, catholicism and judism will all somehow be under the new religion of the antichrist. If so, it will be only God who wins the battle, not us. Still, I believe that God expects us to resist it to the end.

    1. Two things, a lot of Protestants will also sign on with the antichrist.

      Second, we have a long history of thinking it is the end times: Nero, Attila, Genghis, etc.

      A guess thirdly, you could be right.

      Grace and peace.


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