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.

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.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Qualities of a Leader: 9. Visionary

The Qualities of a Leader:


9.       Visionary

            Some of us who have been around a while remember the turbulence of the 60’s.  It seems just about every day some group of students in some university would take over the dean’s office and demand change.  There were marches and protests, even monks sitting in some town center and lighting themselves on fire. 

            There was Martin Luther King, who had a dream about how life should be like.  I was never a great fan of his at the time, but you had to admire his courage and his vision.  He knew his life was at risk, but he believed in what he was doing.  He believed things needed to change, and it cost him his life.

            Another noted personality from that time was Robert Kennedy, the brother of John Kennedy, the former President of the United States.  Like the other two, he also was shot and killed.  I think he was running for President himself at the time.  The thing that I remember the most about him was a quote he often used.  I don’t think it was original with him, but that’s ok.  He would say, “Some men see things as they are and ask, ‘Why?’  I dream things that never were and ask, ‘Why not?’”

            I remember in college we had some students who were running for Student Council or some thing like that.  They were giving short speeches in chapel one day and one guy said, “If you give the same old answers to the same old questions, you will get the same old results: nothing.”

            There are followers and there are leaders.  Being a follower offers a certain kind of safety.  Things are more certain, there are rules that tell you what to do that takes a lot of the thinking and difficult questions out of the mind.  No, I am not saying that leaders need to reinvent the wheel in every circumstance.  There is an established wisdom that we gain from those who have gone before us.

            But every innovation, every invention, every person who rises above the pack, every company, every athlete, every person who changes the world in some way realizes that if I want to be the best, if I want a better mousetrap, a faster computer, if I want to run faster than anyone who has ever run, they have all had to think of new ways of doing things.  Everybody does the old things.  Yes, we say, “do them better than everyone else and you will be the leader,” but to do something better than everyone else is more than just working harder, faster, longer.  You often have to think of new ways of doing things. 

            Unfortunately, if you are not already at the top, your ideas may not always be welcome.  This is one reason why people start their own businesses.  They see a better way and they want to be sure it gets done.


            Now don’t feel bad if you are not willing at this point in your life to risk your life (or your job) for some cause that you believe in.  Everybody has the qualities of being a leader and a follower in us to differing degrees.  I do believe, though, that everyone should have something that they believe in that they would die for if they had to, be it a spouse, your kids, your country, or your God.  I also think a leader needs the courage to do what he or she believes is right, even though they may have to pay a price to do it.

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