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.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Opus 2017-159: Targets of Terrorism

In the battle against terrorism I often wonder how much the righteous are shielded.  I am a bit concerned with my train of thought here.  It doesn’t feel right but it keeps popping up.

I was reflecting on the young people, some call them children, who were massacred in Manchester, England recently.  I used a headline reflecting on the type of music when I wrote about it before.  I don’t have any real knowledge about the style or volume but I would be willing to bet that it was not Beethoven, Bach, Mozart or even Barry Manilow.  I am willing to assume that I would have not recognized it as “music” or been able to understand the words.  I am also willing to assume that it would not have been my children who died there.  I would assume it is not the children of any of my good friends who died there.

Here is where the value judgement comes in.  The music would have fit into the broad category I call trash.  The kind of people who would pay big money to hear it are not the kind of people I would trust to babysit my children.  The young people who attended have parents who don’t seem to care what their children do.  I am sure that there are exceptions.  There always are, but the generalization still holds true.

This does not make the murder any less evil.  It does not suggest a need to censor the kind of music people listen to.  It is not an attempt to send everyone to hell that disagrees with me.

It is a simple observation.  I think it is consistent with many of the terrorist attacks.  Not all by any means.  The killers have slain Copts in church.  They have targeted Christians.  If you believe in freedom and are not in their narrow world of non-infidels, you are a target.  But so far in the West the people dying are the ones who would have been at protests to “Islamophobia” and travel bans.

They will come for me and mine eventually if we don’t stop them, but it is comforting to know that living a quiet and respectful life, not to mention upright and righteous, may be one of the best protections you can find.

homo unius libri


  1. No American patriot would allow their kids to go to such a concert, since the "singer" hates America and Americans by her own admission. She DOES seem to love their money, though.

    1. I always used to laugh when the kids at school would tell me I didn't know where my daughter was. Of course I did. We home schooled so she was with her mother. It cost my wife much of her wish list but the payoff has been marvelous.

      Grace and peace.

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