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:

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Thank you.

Larry Craig

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Qualities of a Leader: 12. Listening

The Qualities of a Leader:
12.       Listening

“Listen to the whispers and you won’t have to hear the screams.”
p. 78

            It’s easy for people in positions of authority to see those under them as merely instruments to do what they want.  As leaders, we are supposed to have all the answers, to give the direction, so everyone will know what to do and how to do it. 

            There are several problems with this.  The first is that we in leadership never have all the answers.  We may be the smartest, most experienced person on our team, but that does not mean that we will know more about everything than everyone.  It does not mean that even the lowest person on your team cannot teach you things that you need to know. 

            But even more than that, “leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand.”  p. 77  Remember what we said about the difference between a manager and a leader.  A  manager essentially rules by fear and intimidation.  “Do what we say or we can replace you.”  ‘Work harder or face the consequences.”  

A leader recognizes that s/he will get the most out of their people when they have their heart, when the follower is completely engaged in the work, heart and soul.  “But before a leader can touch a person’s heart, he has to know what’s in it.  He learns that by listening.”  p. 77


So there are two goals in listening: yes, one is learning.  To stop learning is to stop growing.  To stop growing is to start dying.  The other goal in listening is to connect with your people.  You want their heart.  When you have their heart, and they know that you are actually listening to them and care about what they feel and have to say, they will give you that mythical 110%.  Don’t settle for less.