where religion and politics meet

Everyone has a worldview. A worldview is what one believes 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.

Countries also have a worldview, a way of looking at life that directs government policies and laws and that contributes significantly to the culture. Ours used to be Christianity. Now it is secularism, which is practical atheism.

Some of us are trying 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.

A religion is not a culture, though it creates one. It is not what you prefer, like your taste in music or your favorite movie. It is what you believe to be true. Because it deals with things like God, much of its contents is not subject to the scientific method, but the reasons why one chooses to believe in God or a particular religion certainly demand serious investigation and critical thinking.

Every human being has the duty to search for and learn the truth about life. Education and science used to be valuable tools in this search, but science has chosen to answer the foundational questions without accepting the possibility of any supernatural causes, and education no longer considers the search to be necessary 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,

For now I want to focus my writing now articles specifically addressed to Christians. So most of my new posts will be on my other website listed below. I will continue to write and post short responses to newspaper columns and letters and even other articles as the inspiration hits me.

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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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Is Gay Marriage an Oxymoron?



Greetings!
    Marriage has been around since the start of humanity, well before any of the major religions today ever got a name or a statement of faith.  I don't believe that any culture or society anywhere in the world ever even considered the concept of two gay people marrying each other.  Not because the world has always discriminated against gays, but because of the very nature of marriage itself. It’s like I tell my sons that they can never be mothers.  It’s not discrimination, but the nature of motherhood.  The issue is not about rights, but about the meaning of things. 
     So what is marriage?  It has always been the foundation of a society, where two people join together and produce and raise the next generation. 
      If you want to live with someone, you are free to do that.  If you want to exchange bodily fluids with that person as well, you are free to do that too.  If you want to share property, insurance benefits, and have visitation rights, I will support you in your quest for that as well.  If you want to redefine something that is as old as civilization itself and to establish something that every major religion would regard as a distortion of the way life was intended to be lived, I think you are expecting a bit much. 
      This is more than a separation of religion and state issue.  When every known civilization in the world has thought essentially one way on something, then one generation steeped in political correctness wants to codify a fundamental change in the way life is to be seen and expects everyone to embrace this new insight as new truth that has been overlooked for millenia and now has been made clear to us enlightened ones, I think we need to slow down and think this thing through.  What are the implications and possible ramifications of all this?
      To say a person was born this way means nothing.  People are born everyday with conditions that doctors try to fix either in the womb or shortly after.  If a person’s sexual orientation were known at birth and could be changed by a medical treatment, there is no doubt that the attempt would be made probably with few exceptions.
      There is a story attributed to Abraham Lincoln:  He asked the question, “If you call a tail a leg, how many legs would a dog have?  Answer: 4.  Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it so.”

      Call it what you will, but no one prior to this generation would have thought to call a homosexual union a marriage, and we need to ask why.

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