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:

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Thank you.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Killings in Chicago

A letter to the newspaper

Your headline on today’s paper (Outgunned) sadly and aptly portrays the reality on the city streets of Chicago.  But I think we are missing something very important here.
There are over 300 million guns in our country.  Shootings and killings are only indirectly related to the number or presence of guns.   
Killing people is a moral problem.  Morals is a value system of what is right and what is wrong. 
Parents are supposed to teach morals to their children.  But we as a society have encouraged people to have children without being married, so that leaves only one parent to raise the child.  But that person needs to work, so who is raising the child?
We encourage people to abort their babies if there are perceived difficulties in raising that child.  But the attitude of disposable babies doesn’t end when the baby is born.  It cheapens life, and we should not be surprised when people grow up that life is still considered cheap.  It is religion, and only religion, which values life, because people are seen as created in God’s image rather than just a biological organism closely related to mammals.
We used to teach values in schools, but we were told by a court we call supreme that anything that smacks of religion has no place in our schools, so we only teach our children about fairness, equality, and tolerance there.  We teach them nothing about love, forgiveness, honesty, integrity, sacrifice, hard work, virtue, faithfulness, patience, and kindness.  Most resources that teach those things are religious, and we wouldn’t want to have our kids learn anything about that in school.
The killings in Chicago I submit are the aftermath of years of purging our society from the influences of religion, specifically Christianity.


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