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.

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Opus 2024-094: Dark Thoughts: Security

As I sit on the front porch and get up and go inside to get another cup of coffee, I always lock the door behind me.  I don’t know why.  It has to do with my not wanting someone to sneak up on me in the dark.  In reality that little lock wouldn’t stop anybody who is determined to get in.

We live in an age of imagined security.  Our little locks would not stop any determine criminal.  Or a big glass windows would not keep anyone out who was determined to get in.  We have a confidence because our culture is based on certain values which make such behavior unusual.

We used to think we were safe in church or at the mall.  Our car was a sanctuary.  If we could get in and lock the doors we were good.

That will be changing.

Part of the reason is that there are more crazy people on the loose.  The authorities have emptied the mental hospitals and jails.  You never know when or where they will show up.  An extension of that is the people who would behave in a civilized manner if they thought there was a consequence for misbehaving.  The way the justice system lets violent criminals go makes them bolder.  The refusal to prosecute people who walk into stores, fill bags with merchandise and walk out without paying is an open invitation to return and do it again.  

People vote with their feet when they can.  They leave blue cities and states.  Businesses close down and if possible relocate.  They are only putting off the day when the deviant find a way to get to them at their new location.  

I am all for people leaving dysfunctional locations.  Too often they bring their politics and opinions with them and that spreads their pollution to the remaining safe zones.  I am watching it happen in Texas.  I assume it is happening in other free states.

As far as possible, draw lines where you live.  Vote like morality matters.  That means finding out who the judges are that believe in the Constitution and who sits on your city council.  If you are on a jury then learn about the concept of jury nullification.  When backed against a wall, or sooner if possible, defend yourself.   

Pray the year does not get too interesting.

homo unius libri


  1. Great post! It seems the world and America are in crisis again,,,I remember the 60's, and the Vietnam War struggles. I'm 80, you'd think I'd be used to this chaos, but I'm not, not this time when I feel like I'm seeing a rebirth of Hitler/Nazis and the Jewish Holocaust. And I keep saying "how can I fight this"? I pray daily...but then I ask, could God possibly let this history repeat itself? Please, no, Lord.

  2. We sometimes forget that prayer is supposed to be our first response. Then we trust. A large part of my prayer is that America will repent. That is our only hope.

    Grace and peace


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