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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.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Opus 2021-128: Olive Branches

The American Revolution was fought by a group of states united against an island trying to dictate to them how to live.  I submit we are in a similar situation.

Washington, D.C. is, for all purposes, an island in the nation.  It was deliberately set up so that no state could control it.  It is now an island that dictates to us in an ever increasing list of ways.

When the colonies rebelled against Great Britain, the British did not have enough troops to send to America and keep up their other commitments.  In the hour of need they turned to mercenaries.  Most have heard of the Hessians.  They were generally German speaking peasants from the Hesse-Cassel state in Europe.  Keep in mind that at the time Germany did not exist as a nation.  

Who would the mercenaries be if Washington needs to deal with defiant states?  How about the Blue Helmets of the UN?  Could the Mexican army be hired to deal with Texas?  Or maybe the soldiers of the Mexican drug cartels.  

The American Revolution did not need to happen.  Samuel Adams and a few other citizens of Boston may have wanted violence but the vast majority of American leaders were trying to find a way to work the differences out peacefully.  Most considered themselves Englishmen and were loyal to the king.  The Olive Branch Petition was sent to the King on July 5, 1775 by the Continental Congress.  This was after the shot heard round the world at Lexington on April 19.  It was a year before the Declaration of Independence.  The King laughed it off.

Will the elites in Washington D.C. continue to laugh the average American citizens off?  Time will tell.  We have a lot of give in the country.  It is hard to know when the camel’s back will be broken.  Let’s hope there is an awakening before it is too late.

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