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 5, 2019

Opus 2019-117: Why Fireworks

One of the big attractions of the 4th of July celebration is the fireworks.  We like to see things go boom.  Sparklers are fun but what really gets little boys excited it lighting a firecracker and throwing it before it blows up in their hand.  It gets big boys excited too.  I can’t speak for girls.  One year recently my son and son in law bought a bunch of stuff that would have gotten them arrested in California and we enjoyed the sight of them running as fast as they could from the fuses they had just lit.

It also gives people a chance to think about the national anthem.  Many of us have sung the song.  Few of us have considered the words.  Francis Scott Key was a prisoner on a British warship.  During the night the British fleet had been attacking Fort McHenry with naval artillery and rockets.  As morning was approaching he was wondering if the fort was going to surrender.  They would signal this by lowering the flag.  Thus he expressed his joy,
Oh, say, can you see? By the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming;
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming.
The flag was up when twilight descended.  It was still there in the dawn.  The sun was coming but it was still dark enough to see the rockets blowing up in the air.
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air.
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there:...
What we might consider fireworks were the cutting edge of military technology in the 19th century.  The British were experimenting with rockets instead of cannon.  It made a lot of noise and bursts of light.  The big problem was hitting the target.

Americans shoot off fireworks on Independence Day to commemorate that day in the war of 1812.  They may not know it, but that is what they are doing.  I am not informed enough to declare that no one used rockets and bomblets to celebrate before Americans but I do believe that it has become a distinctively American thing to do.  From our front porch we picked out at least five different locations that were paying the big bucks to light up the sky.  We were happy that millions of Americans were doing the same in their back yards and streets.

I hope you enjoyed the day.

homo unius libri

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