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:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb-RztuRKdCEQzgbhp52dCw

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Thank you.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Fair Tax

The Fair Tax
We have been hearing a lot lately here in Illinois about fair taxes, but I question the use of the word ‘fair’ to describe what is being promoted.  What’s so fair about wanting to take 70, 80% of one person’s income while taking maybe 5% from somebody else, or nothing at all as in the case of many with federal taxes?  Is it because some can afford to pay more?  Maybe grocery stores should charge for food based on one’s ability to pay.  Bring your tax returns, and the store will have a multiplier based on your gross earnings.
No, the fair tax is not fair.  It’s exploitation.  What?  Can rich people be exploited?  Certainly, by greedy people who want their money, who shame them into keeping quiet, because they are told they should feel guilty for being successful, I mean rich.  There are always enough people to vote to raise taxes on other people, because there aren’t enough rich people to vote otherwise.
It’s coveting.  That’s a Bible concept, like the Ten Commandments, You shall not covet.  Coveting is wanting something that somebody else has so much that you try to take it from them.  In this case, it’s somebody else’s money that you want to be able to spend it on what you want.
The governments, state, federal, and many locals, don’t really need more money.  They don’t know how to spend the money they already have.  Because they are not spending their own money but ours, they feel free to spend as much as they can for whatever it is they want. 
Government certainly has many legitimate functions, but government and politicians use your money to buy favors, to win loyal voters, and to increase their own and other’s personal wealth.  They spend according to what they need to get what they want.  They don’t have to have the money, because they can always borrow it.  Then they keep looking for new ways to get more money, because the size of the debt makes for bad press.  But they then have good reason to raiser or create new taxes.
And, lastly, it’s stealing.  Like people who take things from companies and businesses, because they figure they’ll never miss it, or they can afford it.  They have so much money already.
No, I am not one of those rich people, but I am tired of the government wanting and taking more and more of my money.








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