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.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

One Man – One Woman

One Man – One Woman

            The Bible says that Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines.  While I am sure some men would envy him, I think most people would just wonder what he was thinking.  I suppose psychologists would call compulsive behavior; I call it a collector’s mentality.  I collect coins.  My wife has asked me at times just how many coins do I need.  If I have a Morgan silver dollar, why would I want another one? 
            To a collector, there is no such thing as enough, unless maybe if you have the entire set of something.  I used to collect coins as a kid, but my collection was stolen.  I started collecting again at a very low period in my life.  Besides being depressed, I was also poor.  Probably not a good choice under the circumstances. 
            I found collecting coins therapeutic.  Not only was I recapturing some of the joys of my past, I felt a certain satisfaction in completing or working toward completing a collection.  But this is certainly not an isolated incident in my life.  I have seen much the same dynamic at work in other things as well.  I have collected sports cards, books, and movies.  In some way, the addition to the collection has an enriching effect.  A person feels more complete.  But enough about me. 
            Solomon was a man in pursuit of knowledge and wisdom.  He was always trying new things, looking for new experiences.  Every woman is unique and beautiful in her own way.  Having more than one wife or having concubines was common in his time.  He certainly was more financially able than the next person to provide for so many.  But as he pursued knowledge, he would add wives like someone trying to complete a collection. 
            Each woman would have something that the others would not.  Each one enriched his life, yet this kind of thinking rarely leads to satisfaction.  The collector always has an eye for the piece he doesn’t have yet.  He finds as much or even more joy in the acquisition as in the possession. 
            We should also note that, while we cannot prove it, Solomon’s desire for more and more wives probably stemmed from a desire to have sex with as many women as possible.  If men did not have sex with women, I am guessing that Solomon probably would not have married all these women for the conversation. 
            We noted that having more than one wife was common in those times.  What the other nations did should not concern us too much, but Solomon was the king in IsraelIsrael was the people of God.  God brought the people out of slavery in Egypt to a land which He had promised them.  He made a covenant with them and then gave to them His laws. 

            The question is: if having more than one wife was common in those days, and this was as wrong as we are commonly told, then why didn't God say something about it?  Four entire books of the Bible are devoted almost entirely to God either directly or speaking through Moses to His people, giving them all the important rules for how to live.  When it came to marriage, He was clear about adultery.  He was also clear that if a man had sex with a woman prior to marriage, he was to marry her.  Then He gave instructions about certain issues that could arise if a man had several wives.  But He never said that it was wrong.

The fact is that throughout history in probably every culture, there has always been a shortage of available and suitable men.  Why?  Wars, more risky behavior patterns, higher incarceration rates, shorter life expectancy.  

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