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.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Opus 2021-274: Handbasket History

We seem to be in the handbasket.  The big difference is we can see where we are going.  Human beings have been in this handbasket before and the final arrival has varied.

Cities in Bible times did not fare well when the handbasket arrived.  I don’t think the Bible stories are unique.  If you lived in a city and the invaders caught you with your gates open it was all over for you.  If they were strong enough to get over the walls then you would either die or become a slave and there would be a lot of unpleasant experiences on the way.  If you proposed the modern American concept of treating defeated enemies well you would have been considered a fool at best and more likely insane.

As I said, it wasn’t just in Bible lands.  If the Aztec came over the hill you knew it was time to get in the basket.  They generally treated the tribes around them as breeding grounds for needed sacrifices.  They would fight just long enough to capture enough warriors to feed the next round of placating their Gods.  They didn’t kill everyone because they wanted enough people left to resupply with candidates.

Or assume one of the Khan’s came knocking.  The Mongol invasions left no one behind who was free and alive.  If you surrendered at the beginning you might have a chance to live but even then it was iffy.  It didn’t seem to matter in history if you were cultured or a barbarian.  Defeated cities were destroyed along with all the inhabitants.  

Here we are again.  The barbarians are at the gates.  They are determined to destroy the republic and will not be happy until you are living in subjection.  What is different?  What is the same?

Our foundation as a country is radically different.  The nation as a whole has turned away from not only its historic culture but its faith in God.  Whether you were talking about the King Philip’s War or World War II, we were a nation made up of generally two types of people.  You had the devout Christians and you had the ones who agreed with the general values of the devout Christians.  You could not get elected to much of anything if you did not attend a church of some kind.  Now believers are treated as mentally ill.  For those who believe that God has had His hand on the United States the question is are there enough of us left to interest Providence?

Then you have the quality of our leadership.  I hate to tell you but we don’t have any George Washington’s around.  Could you picture any of our current leaders who would turn down a gig as king if it were offered to them?  Compare the Founding Fathers to our current crop of closet Marxists.  

I would submit that the republic as we knew it is over.  The question remains what will come out of the remains.  Will the elites of the Proregressive* Deep State be able to force a police state down our throats?  Will they back off just enough to make us think we are still free?  Will there be separation through state declarations and alliances?  Will there be violence?

Be praying that a George Washington will emerge.

*(Liberals, educators, the media, socialists, communists, crony capitalists, elites, Rinos, Democrats, leftists, Never Trumpers, Antifa, BLM, MSM, Deep State, etc.  Another word for swamp dwellers)

homo unius libri


  1. I agree. I feel our beloved country of past days is dying now. I fear for my daughter and grandson. A new world is coming and I have no idea what it will be for them.......God's Will be done.

    1. I am blessed that my children are on the same pages with me.

      Grace and peace

  2. "Here we go again." Yes but this time around there is a distinction - the second amendment. If patriots are forced to hand over their guns and ammunition, I agree that things will progress per history. If patriots refuse, things will get "sporty," as 'Ol Remus used to say. I believe that the republic can be preserved/recovered by Christian patriots who will not allow their firearms to be taken from them or the "vaccines" to be forced on them. Christians who recognize the Bible to be uniquely authoritative have the advantage of God's point of view, which I believe is best expressed in Ephesians 1:11. As R. C. Sproul put it, "If in all creation there is one maverick molecule which is not under God's absolute control, then God is not God."

    1. I have had the same thought, or question. When I look at the historic tyrannies the one step that is required is disarming the population. They are working on it but I wonder how that will go in the states that are moving in the other direction.

      I also struggle with how believers can respond with violence. I think we can be pushed to it but I certainly hope and pray not.

      So you read Remus too.

      Grace and peace

    2. I think believers have received a God-given right to defend themselves from harm. So, if I face an immediate credible mortal threat, I have the right to defend myself with deadly force. And, those of us who are husbands and fathers, bear the additional responsibility to defend those entrusted to our care.

      Yes, I read Remus too. I am so sorry 'read' has to be past tense.

      Grace and peace rightbackatcha


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