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.
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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.