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.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Opus 2022-061: The Many Civil Wars of America

There is a lot of talk about dividing the nation.  You’ve all heard it.  Sometimes it is parsed as civil war.  Another term I have heard is “national divorce”.  I have seen maps.  Realize, this is nothing new.  This is not a novel concept.

Several states were “independent” at one time.  Vermont was a self-declared republic for about fourteen years before it entered the union in 1791.  Texas was an independent republic for years before being admitted.  There is also a reason why the state flag of California says “California Republic” across the bottom.

New England was talking about splitting off around the time of the War of 1812.  They wanted to return to the fold with England.

The Mormons set out to establish an independent country.

Aaron Burr was accused of trying to start an independent country.  Part of that was a political witch hunt propelled by Thomas Jefferson but it went to trial.

The Midwest threatened to secede over the issue of slavery.  The difference from the South was that they were going to leave if slavery was allowed to continue.

South Carolina was going to leave over tariffs before slavery was the big issue.

And these are just the ones that come off the top of my head.

So don’t get too excited about all the talk.  Keep praying.  Keep speaking up.  Keep doing all you can to exercise your freedom.  We have an election coming up.  If there is a big shake up don’t let that lower your guard because there are changes that need to be made and there is no guarantee that those claiming to make the changes will do so.

We have a long struggle ahead.  Let your light shine until the end of the tunnel gets bright enough to read by.

homo unius libri

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