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.

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Thank you.

Larry Craig

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.