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, 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.