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.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Opus 2020-155: Snowflake Alert

We think we got problems.  We look at the way in which civilization seems to be coming to an end.  One of the reasons we need to study history is to see patterns and have a better judgement of our problems. 

About 100 years before the official end of the Roman Empire in the west the Romans and the Germans were having problems on the Danube.  The Roman commander, being an arrogant fool, invited the leader of a major German tribe, the Quadi, to dinner and murdered him.  He was not ready for the response.
 “This atrocious mishandling of the affair so infuriated the Quadi that they joined together with the neighbors and stormed across the Danube.  None of the Roman farmers who lived on the frontier were expecting the attack:  the invaders ‘crossed the Danube while no hostility was anticipated, and fell upon the country people, who were busy with their harvest; most of them they killed, the survivors they led home as prisoners.’” Bauer, p. 46
You think you got problems.  You know the barbarians are coming.  You have warning.  Many voted for the politicians who enable the mobs and then went out to cheer them on.  Then the mob turned on them.  Most of us know to stay away from blue cities and to move out of blue states.  We have countless bloggers trumpeting the end of the world.  For these people it came as a total surprise. 

About the same time a peaceful England was invaded by four different groups and was so decimated that it never did recover before Rome finally pulled out.  The Pax Romana was over with a vengeance. 

I have also been reading about the world of the Pilgrims.  They had just sent a large shipment of furs and lumber products to England hoping for a sale to get them out of debt.  Unfortunately things were not looking up for selling furs in the old country.  Their agent explains in a letter,
“But I must now acquaint you, how the Lord’s heavy hand is upon this kingdom in many places, but chiefly in this city, with His judgment of the plague.  The last week’s bill was 1200 and odd.  I fear this will be more, and it is much feared it will be a winter sickness.  By reason whereof it is incredible the number of people that are gone into the county and left the city; I am persuaded many more than went out the last great sickness.  So as here is no trading, carriers from most places put down, nor no receiving of any money though long due.”  Bradford, p. 321
If you missed it that was 1,200 people died in one town in one week.  You think we got problems?  At the same time the weather was going from drought to flood.  They did not lock down and call for welfare checks.  They kept going and doing what they needed to do.

Count your blessings, stop living in fear and stand up.

Bauer, Susan Wise.  The History of the Medieval World.  New York:  W. W. Norton, 2010.

Bradford, William.  Of Plymouth Plantation, 1620-1647.  New York:  The Modern Library, 1981.

homo unius libri


  1. Every generation has predicted doom and gloom and they've usually been correct. That's my little bit of sunshine for the day! - lol

    1. I could throw in the "I complained because I had no shoes..." line but I will just quietly agree.

      Grace and peace


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