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 11, 2014

The Qualities of a Leader: 1. Character

The Qualities of a Leader:
1.             Character

                Leadership always involves other people.  “If you think you are leading and no one is following you, then you’re only taking a walk.”  p. 5  So we need to ask ourselves: are we the type of person that other people want to follow?  Do other people want to be around us, listen to us, care about us?

                The focus today is on character.  Character is who you are.  You act out of who you are.  What you are is what you will do.

                Life can send a lot of junk your way.  Much of it you will have no control over.  But you can control how you will respond to it.  You can control what kind of person you become.  (As a side note, your character is one of the most important things you have.  Every skill or ability you have will diminish either through disuse or age, but who are you are as a person can always improve.)  “Talent is a gift, but character is a choice,”  p. 4

What are you becoming that will inspire others to follow you?  What qualities of character are important for people who will lead others?

                1)            Caring.       If I want someone to follow me, they need to know that I care about them.  This is a business, of course; and the bottom line is the bottom line.  But if I want my people to care for the business, I need to let my people know that I, we, care for them.  A leader knows that someone will care more if they know they are cared for.

Some speak of keeping a professional distance from everyone for the sake of remaining impartial.  This is well in keeping with the goal of management, but it will be harder for a leader to inspire the troops to care for the company if he/she does not care for them.  The team leader is the face of the company to the team members.  If their immediate leader shows no concern for them, why would they think the company does?

                2)            Consistency.    I need to care and I need to be consistent in that.  If I act as if I care one minute and then I need to correct something in one of my team members, they need to know that I still care.  If I send mixed messages, they will accept the worst one as the truth.  You don’t care more than you do at your worst.  Anyone can smile when everything is going good.  If you can’t smile at your people when things are going hard, they you don’t really care about them.  They will know it, and the work environment will not be 100%.

                3)            Keeping your word. People need to trust you.  A big part of that is following through on what you say.  And if you only see that in the negative sense, you are a manager, not a leader.

                4)            Confidence.  Perhaps more of a knowledge thing here than character.  You need to know where you are going and how to get there.  People need to know that you know what you are doing.,