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

Saturday, March 22, 2014

political beliefs

political beliefs

Daily Herald
Letter to the Editor

You had a leading story Saturday about the Republican Party’s rejection of Susanne Atanus because of her beliefs on a number of issues.  I am hoping that you might offer the same service for the Democratic Party for the sake of equality and fairness. 
I can help out here a little by offering a list of some of their more prominent beliefs.

Money grows on trees.  (You might have to be older to appreciate this one.)
You can spend money you don’t have if it’s for a worthy cause, like buying votes.
You can borrow money forever and never have to pay it back.  Pay a credit card with a credit card.
The world’s largest economy can run indefinitely on borrowed money.
Government can control the economy.
You can create prosperity by spending borrowed money.
There will always be enough people to lend money to our government.
Being in debt to other nations could never adversely affect our foreign policy.
You can create wealth and jobs by printing money.
You can boost the economy by taking money from one person and giving it to another.
You can lift up the poor by tearing down the rich.
You can reduce poverty by making employers pay their help more.
Government can solve every problem by making laws or spending money on it.
You can stop people from killing each other by banning certain weapons. 
You can protect people from being killed by banning guns from certain places.  (On a side note, my company just banned any and all kinds of weaponry from our place of business, yet I work there every day with 12 inch knives.)
You can eliminate hate by making laws against expressing it.
You can unite a nation by regarding everyone as part of a competing group. 

Most of these beliefs make me want to just laugh out loud, but then I remember that these people are running our country.  I get scared thinking that they don’t know what they are doing.  Then I get a scarier thought.  What if they do?
Thank you

Larry Craig