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, March 22, 2022

Opus 2022-101: Cultural Contrasts

Let’s talk about the Holocaust a bit.  To start with you need to understand that a growing segment of the American population either does not know what it was or considers it nothing but Jewish propaganda.  Both of those states of ignorance can be attributed to the Progressives* who control education and the media.  

What we don’t understand is that looking at events like the Holocaust without freaking out is much more typical of history than we understand.  The world population was about 2 billion in 1939.  Depending on whom you asked, between 62 and 78 million people died in World War II.  6 million is the number I have always heard about the Jewish deaths.  While it is significant, it is still only a fraction of the total.  The estimate for world population in 70 AD that I found was 256 million.  According to Josephus, a contemporary historian, the Romans killed 1.1 million Jews when they destroyed Jerusalem in that year.  Historically slaughter and destruction were a common part of life and everyone participated.  

Western culture only looks at things like the Holocaust with horror because we have been insulated by our Christian culture.  What Hitler did has been the norm for civilizations throughout history.  It is not the norm for Christendom.  The Jews who survived the slaughter in 70 AD were sold into slavery.  Compare that to the end of World War II and the occupation of Germany and Japan.  Instead of slaughter the question was, “How do we feed all these people?”  And the question that began to emerge was, “How can we rebuild them?”

One of the concerns we should have is that the world leaders are now rejecting the moderating influence of Christianity.  Paganism is back in style.  You can see the difference locally between the “mostly peaceful” destruction of cities by the BLM and Antifa compared to the violent attempt to destroy democracy with misdemeanor trespass by the January 6 insurrectionists.  

If you are a Christian, start speaking up.  If you are not a believer then you need to start asking yourself which set of values you think should predominate in our country.

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

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