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, October 28, 2014

Church and Politics

Mary Mitchell (Oct. 28) raised the issue of church and politics and thinks they are a bad mix.  The truth is that churches had always been involved in politics for most of our nation’s history, including the endorsement of particular candidates.  It was only in 1954 when Lyndon Johnson added the Johnson Amendment to a totally unrelated bill that put a ban on tax-exempt organization from doing so.  It seems that they were endorsing the wrong candidates.

Religion, especially Christianity, is about a lot more than just what someone does in their personal life.  What happens in politics affects every part of our lives and can influence and effect more change in our society than all the sermons churches can ever give.  Politics are also a reflection of the collective morality of our society.  Political policies not only can show the state of our nation, but they can change it as well.

It doesn’t make sense for pastors to try to teach their people personal responsibility like not going into debt and yet say nothing when these same people might vote for politicians who feel compelled to spend billions of dollars they don’t have because they don’t believe people are able to take care of themselves.

Church involvement in politics is the Church showing its constituents how what it teaches applies to real life.

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