where religion and politics meet
Everybody has a worldview. A worldview is what you believe about life: what is true, what is false, what is right, what is wrong, what are the rules, are there any rules, what is the meaning of life, what is important, what is not.
If a worldview includes a god/God, it is called a religion. If a bunch of people have the same religion, they give it a name.
Nations have worldviews too, a prevailing way of looking at life that directs government policies and laws and that contributes significantly to the culture. Politics is the outworking of that worldview in public life.
Our country’s worldview used to be Christianity. Now we are told it is and has always been secularism, which is practical atheism. This issue divides our country, but those who disagree are divided as well on how to respond.
Our country could not have been founded as a secular nation, because a secular country could not guarantee freedom of religion. Secular values would be higher than religious ones, and they would supersede them when there was a conflict. Secularism sees religion only as your personal preferences, like your taste in food, music, or movies. It does not see religion, any religion, as being true.
But God, prayer, the Bible, and the Ten Commandments were always important parts of our public life, including our public schools, until 1963, when the court called supreme ruled them unconstitutional, almost 200 years after our nation’s founding.
Our country also did not envision a multitude of different religions co-existing in one place, because the people, and the government, would then be divided on the basic questions of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Our Constitution, which we fought a war to be able to enact, states, among other things, that our government exists for us to form a more perfect union, ensure domestic tranquility, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. It could not do this unless it had a clear vision of what it considers to be true, a vision shared with the vast majority of the people in this country.
I want to engage the government, the culture, and the people who live here to see life again from a Christian perspective and to show how secularism is both inadequate and just plain wrong.
Because religion deals with things like God, much of its contents is not subject to the scientific method, though the reasons why one chooses to believe in God or a particular religion certainly demand serious investigation, critical thinking, and a hunger for what is true.
Science and education used to be valuable tools in the search for truth, but science has chosen to answer the foundational questions of life without accepting the possibility of any supernatural causes, and education no longer considers the search to be necessary, possible, or worthwhile.
poligion: 1) the proper synthesis of religion and politics 2) the realization, belief, or position that politics and religion cannot be separated or compartmentalized, that a person’s religion invariably affects one’s political decisions and that political decisions invariably stem from one’s worldview, which is what a religion is.
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Friday, December 26, 2014
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
In response to your questions:
Do you support a full or partial repeal of Obamacare?
I would like to see Obamacare repealed in full. This bill is a betrayal of our form of government.
1) Something like 1,700 exceptions to the law were allowed in order to get votes for the law.
2) It is 2,800 pages long, which we were told we would have to pass the law to find out what was in it. That is a criminal betrayal of the public trust, but the lawmakers make the laws so nobody holds them to account.
3) The people who passed the law keep postponing parts of the law until after the next election, because they are afraid that people will vote them out of office when they feel the effects of this law.
4) The President lied about the provisions of the law over and over in order to get the thing passed. He should have been impeached for that fact alone. He is a proven liar. How can we believe him on anything that he says? We can never know he is lying until it is too late. That is unacceptable for the President of the United States.
5) Obamacare is raising the costs of health insurance to the point that a lot of people can’t afford insurance any more. It requires so many things from insurance companies and insurance plans that prices can only go up.
6) The success of the law (getting more people insured) is due primarily to the government covering most the cost of their policies, but the government is not straightforward about how much this is costing us. Not only is this dishonest, but we simply can’t afford it. We can’t keep telling people that they have a right to something, and then have the government (meaning: everybody else) paying for it. We are $18 trillion in debt. When interest rates normalize, we are going to be dumbfounded by how much of our federal budget will be going just for interest payments.
The answer to this is to bring American companies back to America and go back to employer based group insurance plans.
Do you support increased funding for the National Institutes of Health?
No, I do not support increased funding for the National Institutes of Health. I admit knowing less about this than a lot of other issues. I find the Wikipedia summary interesting:
From logistical restructuring, to funding increases, to research prioritization, to government expansion and political influence, the history of the National Institutes of Health is extensive and full of change. The NIH has grown to encompass nearly 1 percent of the federal government's operating budget. The NIH now controls more than 50 percent of all funding for health research, and 85 percent of all funding for health studies in universities.
This summary touches on a lot of the things that are hurting our country:
1) Our country is in serious debt. We can’t keep spending money that we don’t have. We can’t keep writing checks like there is no limit to our money.
2) I don’t think the government should be deciding the priorities in research. They end up sending money to people who are connected; they dry up funding for projects they don’t like. Too much money and potential for both spending it unwisely and for political advantage. We have pharmaceutical companies and universities who are very interested in research. Let them do it with private money.
3) Government has to stop expanding and start shrinking. The Constitution has very few and defined responsibilities for the federal government.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
- There is no need to list these in order of priority. One of the big mistakes that Congress makes, or better call it problems with Congress, is that it tries to deal with problems only with comprehensive bills that are too large to read, discuss, or debate. It ends up that a lot of things get passed which are not good and that would never pass on its own.
- The best insurance has always been employer provided group plans. We sent millions of good paying jobs overseas through free trade agreements. Free trade was a mistake. Countries should make their own stuff. Imports are for people who want Swiss chocolate or French wine or Persian rugs. Imports should not be American companies sending their products back to the States.
- Taxes are too high. The reason is that the government spends too much money. The government spends too much money because it got rid of our jobs, but also because it has taken on the responsibilities that people use to be responsible for themselves, which all started when we secularized our country.
- It’s not just spending across the board that should be eliminated. The government does things it shouldn’t even be doing in the first place, like a federal Department of Education. We used to have the best schools in the world before we had one. Now they are only mediocre. That department should be eliminated. We have departments making laws that only Congress should be making. All these departments that keep making regulations need to be dismantled.
- Borders must be secured immediately. Every country should know who is coming into it. And have the right to refuse anyone. Children born here of illegal parents should not be considered US citizens. Children born to tourists and foreign diplomats are not automatically citizens. Why should children of someone who is in the country illegally be considered a citizen? That only encourages more people to try to come here illegally.
- Restore our military so it can fight a two front war. But we need to start declaring wars again, and then fight to win them quickly. We need to let the world know that we won’t target civilians, but if we are at war, civilians need to know that if they are too close to the enemy, they are at risk. So tell whoever to stop counting civilian casualties. Blame the enemy who hides behind women and children, because they have no value on life. We are not going to jeopardize the lives of our soldiers by allowing our enemies any advantages.
- As for the economy, we are taxed to death. I don’t want to pay one penny more to any government for anything. I am tired of being robbed by people who are supposed to represent me.
- Pro-life. We need to value our children and our homes. Read my article on How Christianity Prospers a Nation, Part 3, Families and children at poligion1.blogspot.com
- Same-sex marriage is not constitutional. It is not even a marriage. Marriage only exists as a vehicle for raising the children that occur when people have sex. If children occurred any other way or if we didn’t need children, there never would have been a thing called marriage in the first place.
- Guns are a fundamental right. They are number two on the list of the Bill of Rights. Read the McGuffey Readers, which were the basic school books in our schools for well over 100 years. Even children used to have access to guns and were taught how to use them. Our problem is that we have lost respect of human life, because humans are now seen as accidents of nature, smart monkeys, or grown up babies who happened not to be aborted.
- The NSA is out of control as well as our entire federal government. The government wants to take care of us like we are its children, and it is its responsibility to do so. That is not what freedom is all about. As long as that is the role that the government sees for itself, it will keep growing like a cancer until it engulfs everything and takes all of our money.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
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But does that mean that every politician is corrupt? Of course not. Of course, there are exceptions.
Why aren’t we talking about all those noble, honest, trustworthy, and humble people who serve us in politics, except for those few corrupt ones that give them a bad name?
Does politics attract corrupt people? I have read that it does, but I am inclined to think that people don’t go into politics so they can take advantage of the system for their personal benefit. But a system that encourages and insists that people promote themselves to even get there and that essentially requires them to spend huge amounts of time just raising money is certainly inspiring behavior that is leading a person in the wrong direction
I would, however, consider politics one of the hardest jobs there is. I don’t mean the debating and deciding political issues. What is so hard is the responsibility of handling the money of an entire nation (or state, city, etc.) and not use it for one’s own personal benefit, the reliance on other people for their money or support and not rewarding these people with benefits at public expense in ways that are not in the public interest. Politics brings temptations and expectations that few people can handle without bending or breaking.
So if politicians are corrupt, just how does this affect everybody else?
The biggest way that political corruption affects everybody else is that it makes government cost more than it should. And remember, government doesn’t make its own money. The only money it has is what it takes from you, which leaves you less to spend on what you think is important, like your bills, a new car, or your kids’ college fund. The more money government needs, the less money you have for yourself. Prosperity is not just making more money; it is keeping more of what you already have.
Politicians hire people they don’t need; they pay them more than they should, they spend money they don’t have; using your money as if it was their own, for things that benefit them first rather than you. Bank robbers wear masks and carry guns. Politicians don’t’ have to. They can just vote themselves the money. And they don’t usually have to worry about losing their jobs. They rigged that as well by creating voting districts that favor their party and they have their entire time in office to raise even more money so as to put any challenger at a deep disadvantage.
Besides, they don’t actually have to take possession of the money. They just have the power to use it, which is all you really need anyway.
The state of Illinois has unpaid bills of about $6 billion and future obligations of around $100 billion. That money has to come from somewhere, and that can only come through higher taxes, or less money for everyone. Of course, those who work for government, whether elected or otherwise, get paid first, and they make sure that they are paid very well.
The federal government is over $18 trillion in debt. They still want to raise your taxes but don’t care quite as much as a state would, because they can print money or borrow money seemingly forever. The end result, however, is that the money you already have and will earn will be continually losing value.
Christianity makes better politicians or politicians less susceptible to corruption. Are Christians perfect or immune from corruption? Of course not. We’re talking about humans here. But Christianity understands temptations and provides at least four of the strongest safeguards against it.
When faced with temptation, you also need to have a reason or reasons why not to do it. A reason that you believe in, a reason that you find convincing. Without that, the temptation can pull you right over.
This is something that generally requires a comprehensive worldview that provides for you the big picture of life, how things are supposed to be, the ultimate goals of the things that you want and know to be what is best. Without that, when faced with something very enticing, you will have no good reason not to go along with it.
But with this comprehensive worldview, when a temptation presents itself, it will then be immediately seen as a path leading to a dead-end with regrettable consequences, and the lure will lose its attraction. In fact, most situations that can be regarded as temptations will not even be tantalizing or may not even be perceived as temptations, because the right course of action will be clear and the consequences of giving in will be clearly understood beforehand.
Christians are constantly taught to strive to be like Jesus in all they do, and they are made to be acutely conscious of the times when they fail. A big part of being Christian is the wanting to do the right thing. Christians are aware of their weaknesses, but they generally have a very clear sense of what is right and wrong.
Do all Christians succeed in this? No, of course not, but this is what they are taught, what the Bible teaches, and what you should expect from any person who calls himself a Christian.
Mark Twain made his comment about politicians and diapers a long time ago, long before our nation officially became a secular nation. There was no official pronouncement of that fact, but it was in the 1960s that our country essentially changed directions, and government debt not only has been steadily increasing, but growing at a faster rate as time went on.
Does this increased debt necessarily mean increased corruption? Not at all, but it certainly makes it more important than ever that we elect people more able and more likely to resist the unique temptations that politicians face. Christianity is what makes that possible.