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, August 15, 2020

Opus 2020-210: Serious Thoughts

When I was teaching history I liked to throw in events that might be overlooked but would have the potential to generate some interest.  One of the inventions I brought up was the revolver and I told the kids it was called “The great equalizer”.  I would then explain how it leveled the playing field giving an old woman the ability to stand up to a young male bully.

I have a movie memory that I would try to describe.  The scene was set in the day of the single shot Kentucky rifle.  The bad guy had taken his best shot and missed.  At the point the good guy, who was unarmed, started running toward him as fast as he could.  His hope was to reach the shooter before he had a chance to reload.  It was a dramatic moment that illustrated the point.

As we look at the violence being dumped on us by the Marxists in Antifa and BLM, we also see record gun sales.  I have read that 40% were first time buyers and that women also made up 40%.  What is interesting is that liberals who used to be anti-gun are also buying.  I like the idea that an armed society is a polite society.  If the old six gun was a great equalizer then just imagine what a modern pistol with 15 rounds of 9mm could be called.

But there is still a problem.  It only works when it is used or the thugs believe it will be used.  Just waving a firearm around will work a few times but eventually you will need to pull the trigger.  Some people only learn by experiencing pain. 

Carrying a firearm is a serious responsibility.  Some don’t understand that.  Many come down with the Rambo Syndrom.  You may have read about the shooting in Austin where a rioter pointed his rifle at a guy sitting in his car.  He thought he was hot stuff.  He had a rifle.  Too bad for him that the guy in the car was an 8 year military veteran, had a handgun and, unlike the Rambo Rioter, knew how to use it. 

I hope that I never need to defend my home or family.  If it comes, I hope I rise to the occasion.  If you have not acquired a means of protection all I can recommend is learning a lot of new swear words.

homo unius libri

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