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.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Homosexuality: Nature and Nurture
One thing that I think is missing in this debate about whether gays are born that way is the role of education and training in the life of a child. If a child grew up without parents and any education, he wouldn’t know how to eat right. He would eat whatever tasted good whenever he wanted. He wouldn’t exercise. He would only work to get something he wanted at the moment. He wouldn’t know about the importance of faithfulness in marriage or even what marriage is. He would copulate whenever he could with whatever he felt like.
A lot of straight people have or have had homosexual impulses at times. Sex is a powerful force that only seeks release. Committed relationships are something that has to be taught.
Whether you believe that God created and designed all of this or evolution brought us to where we are, children are important to any society to keep it going. Every woman needs to bear at least two children for a society to maintain itself. And it takes a man and a woman to create this new life. Yes, we can now create life without the need for a man and a woman to actually have a relationship, but I would say confidently that evolution ‘intended’ for a man and a woman to have a child and raise it together. And certainly this is what Christians believe the Bible teaches.
So, yes, a person may have homosexual tendencies. Fine. That still doesn’t change the fact that if a man insists on living his life with a man, he will never know what it is like to have a child with the person he loves. And any child he wants to raise will not have its natural mother, which would be a crime if she were alive and able to raise it.
To insist that because you have homosexual feelings, you cannot and should not pursue a committed marriage with a person of the opposite sex is a political and moral decision, but I don’t believe that it is one borne out of necessity. Having a child through a sexual relationship is possibly the greatest experience you will have in life, and it is very important for a society to encourage this. Children born of this union do best in life. And, yes, of course, there are exceptions.
But this is the program set down by either God or evolution. To try to make intentional changes to something that has been in place from the beginning is not wise.