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:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb-RztuRKdCEQzgbhp52dCw

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Thank you.

Larry Craig

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

if Obama succeeds

if Obama succeeds

Greetings!
A reader today was harsh in his criticism of the Tea Party.  I think he misunderstands the intentions and thinking of the Tea Party. 
Very basically, the Democratic Party agenda is to offer a significant government benefit to a particular group of people.  It could be Hispanics, the unemployed, women, minorities, minimum wage workers, gays, the poor, etc.  It doesn’t matter what it costs, how it will be paid for, or how it affects everything else.  That group now becomes a loyal Democratic voter, because they want that one thing.
By the time President Obama’s second term is over, our country will have gone from $10 trillion dollars in debt to about $20 trillion.  Our economy can easily collapse.  You just can’t keep borrowing and printing money.
If your spouse had a spending problem and maxed out all the credit cards, you would certainly not let them open another one.  You know that at some point you will have to pay them off or declare bankruptcy.  This is where our country is at right now. 
If Obama ‘succeeds,’ half the country will have parttime jobs.  The economy will be in the tank as the people who are working fulltime will pay so much more for their health insurance that they will not be spending money on things beyond the necessities.  The government will consume so much money out of the economy that only government employees will have a decent lifestyle.  The rest of us will be scrimping along.  The dollar will keep shrinking in value.  More and more people will be relying on the government for support, and the government will just have to keep borrowing and printing money to give to them, because there isn’t enough money to pay for all their needs.
The American Dream will be officially dead.
Thank you.

Larry Craig