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

Re: immigration reform



Re: immigration reform

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Senator Dick Durbin



Senator Durbin:

First let me thank you for the work you do for our country.  You have an important job.  You are certainly in my prayers.

Much is said about immigration reform, but little is said about exactly what that means. 

I would like to make a few suggestions:

First of all, all immigration should be halted when our country has high unemployment.  Just how high can be debated in Congress.  Exceptions could be made, say, if there is a known shortage of aerospace engineers, and there are immigrants who want to stay here and become citizens who are also aerospace engineers.

With unemployment so high, not only are they competing against US citizens for jobs, but I’ll bet the government will support them in the meantime.  We are already broke, but we just won’t admit it.  If the prospects for getting a good job are not there, we should not let them in.

Political or religious refugees could be another exception.

Secondly, we must control the borders.  If we have no control over who is entering our country, then we have no control over who is entering our country.  Why should we assume that everyone sneaking into our country only wants a better life for their family?  We know better. 

I know that there is a lot of support for the DREAM ACT, and the motivation in most cases I believe is admirable.  I also believe there won’t be enough support for it until the country knows that illegal immigration is controlled.

Thirdly, I believe some consideration should be given to the likelihood of assimilation into our society and culture.  We may not all agree on what are specifically American values, but I think we can all agree that many values held in the world today are not American. 

We agree in the freedoms of speech and religion, but when that was written, there was a basic consensus of what American values were. 

Thank you again for your work.  I wish you well.

Larry Craig