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.

If you are new to this site, I would encourage you to browse through the older articles. They deal with a lot of the more basic issues. Many of the newer articles are shorter responses to partiular problems.

Visit my other websites theimportanceofhealing blogspot.com where I talk about healing and my book of the same name and LarrysBibleStudies.blogspot.com where I am posting all my other Bible studies. Follow this link to my videos on youtube:

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Thank you.

Larry Craig

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

An Open Letter to the Republicans in Congress

An Open Letter to the Republicans in Congress

There is one thing that you need to do to do right by our country and save your butts at the same time.  I will get to that in a minute.

The biggest problem facing our country right now is our federal debt.  The second biggest is Obamacare.  Now I don’t mean this in the absolute sense.  If your basement were filling with sewer water, while you would never say your basement is more important than your spouse or your children, right now your basement would be the most important thing in your world.

If President Obama finishes his complete term in office, our debt will be around 20 trillion dollars.  The Federal Reserve is essentially printing  money as fast as it can, which makes all the money we already have worth less, our checking accounts, our savings accounts, and our paychecks. 

As our dollar devalues, the price of imports increases, since, of course, “we don’t make anything here anymore.

We are dependent on several foreign countries to buy our debt, and that dependency allows them to have too much influence on our foreign policy, as we are afraid they will cash in our debt.

There is also movement among some countries to replace the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, and that will collapse our economy a lot more than what happened in 2008.  That will make 2008 look good by comparison.

You are not educating the American public about what is happening here or what is at stake.  The media is not helping here, but I have a proposal below.

There are two reasons why Obamacare must be stopped, and not that old line we keep hearing from you that the American people don’t want it.  When the media plays that tune, they can quickly show an interview with somebody who loves it.

The first reason is that the government will now subsidize health insurance premiums for millions of Americans.  They don’t want to talk about how many, but within a few years, I have no doubt the number would easily reach 30 million people and keep increasing, much like how the food stamp program has mushroomed under Obama.

Obamacare involves a major expansion of our government when it is already crushing us with its debt. So with debt destroying our country, they want to spend billions more each year on a new government program.

The second reason is that it will create another huge class of people who will now be depending on the government just to get by.

So the current trend in our country is fewer people working for less money and fewer hours to support more and more people who are dependent on the government.

We have the debt ceiling crisis now, and if we default, you may get the blame, because the message is not getting out.  Raising the debt ceiling without funding Obamacare will certainly put Obama as being responsible for a default, but the media won’t help you.

So what do we have to do?

Three things.

At some point, now is probably too soon, you have to declare that after such and such date, there will be no more debt ceiling increases. 

And then you need to declare that apart from World War 3, another Pearl Harbor or 9/11, the only major business the House will conduct is how to shrink our budget.  No immigration, no gun control, nothing.  This is the most important thing you can do.

Then you need to sell to the public what is wrong with this debt.  Just to say that every person owes so much means nothing.  To say that our grandchildren are saddled with this debt means nothing. 

You have to tell them how the government is stealing their money, making it worthless, and driving their standard of living into the toilet, unless, of course, you work for the government.  You need to tell them how paying for government sucks money out of the economy.  They will tell you that government employees pay taxes too and buy things that help the economy, but they are using your money to do it.  A government employee is like supporting a neighbor down the block as well as your family.  Another mouth to feed.  So how does that help you buy the things you want?

Without these three things, our economy will collapse, and if it doesn’t collapse before the next election, you may face a real hard time because you won’t have the media telling the whole story. 

This is the only way you can get the story out.  Don’t give the media any other stories, and solicit public input on where we need to cut.

You have had control of the House for 2 ½ years, and spending hasn’t really changed.  This is your last chance.  That was why you were elected.

Thank you. 

Larry Craig