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.

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.

Larry Craig

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.