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:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb-RztuRKdCEQzgbhp52dCw

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Thank you.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Why immigration reform is stuck in Congress

Why immigration reform is stuck in Congress

A letter to the Sun-Times

The Senate has passed an 800 page immigration bill.  How do we expect 435 Representatives to even read this bill, yet alone discuss, debate, and then vote on it? 
Many of our Congressmen are finally recognizing that one of the serious problems with Congress has been the proposing of massive bills with the implied intent that nobody is going to read the whole thing.  In this way, hundreds of laws have passed and billions of dollars spent all of which would never have passed if they were introduced on their own, debated, and then voted on.
Specifically with immigration, just as the first step in dealing with a sinking ship is to stop the leaks, so the first step in immigration is to secure the borders.  Right now our southern border is being swamped with thousands of children requiring huge amounts of attention, while thousands of other people are able to pass by unobstructed.  Of those who have been caught, there have been many from countries with significant anti-American extremist groups, like Pakistan and Yemen.  In the past year, there have been over 600,000 crimes committed in Texas alone by illegal immigrants.
To characterize House Republicans as more interested in seeing Obama fail than in what is in the best interests of our country is not only unfair but shortsighted.  There are a lot of issues with immigration.  Take them one at a time, debate them, and then vote on them.  To vote on an 800 page bill means that everyone will get something they disagree with and all of us will get surprises we won’t like. 

We have had too many surprises in big bills in the past.  Break them down into manageable pieces, and let’s talk.  And this is where the Senate becomes the immoveable object.

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