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

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Why comprehensive reform bills are a bad idea

Letter to the paper

The Sun-Times printed a piece by a Congressman (July 27) lamenting Walgreen’s possible move of its headquarters overseas to save on its tax bill.

I thought it ironic that four times in his article he mentions as the solution to the problem what is actually one of the main causes of the problem in the first place. 

He says that we need comprehensive tax reform, something that will require compromise and difficult choices. 

When the government talks about comprehensive reform, whether taxes or immigration, it means that they want a bill at least 800 pages long.  One reason is that it will cut down on the number of people who actually read the bill.  It also means that most of the bill will never be debated, let along even see the light of day until it has long passed.

It requires compromise, because Congressman are forced to either take the whole thing as it is or reject the whole thing.  Anybody outside of Congress will just ask the question why?  Why not break it down into the individual issues, debate them, and vote on them? 

Walgreens, like every other business, knows that no company is guaranteed to even be in existence in ten years.  Even the largest and leading companies can go bankrupt in a matter of years if they don’t watch their bottom line carefully. 

Our tax rates are high, because our government is greedy.  It is hungry for money to pay for all its aid and assistance programs.  Our government, meaning we the people, has to choose: Do we want more of our companies to go overseas and take a lot of our jobs with them, or do we want government to be one large welfare agency, spending money it doesn’t have to try to make everyone’s life more comfortable?