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.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Raising the minimum wage in Illinois

If the Democrats are the party of the people, looking out for the common man, and they believe that the minimum wage should be raised, then why haven’t they raised it already?  They control the House, the Senate, and the Governorship.  They could have passed this months ago.  They make it sound like the Republicans are keeping it from happening. 
Why are they doing nothing on this until after the election when there is a good chance they might not have the majority they now have?  The obvious reason is that they are trying to get more of their voters to vote, having them think that by voting it might make a difference.  But since it doesn’t, it shows that they think people who will vote for the minimum wage really don’t know what’s going on.
Actually by waiting on this, they are showing that they don’t really care about the minimum wage.  They were just looking for something to try to make the Republicans look bad. 
There is also the possibility that in their hearts the Democrats know that raising the minimum wage will not really help anybody in the long run, as it will force price increases in all retail food stores and restaurants.  That extra buying power will disappear very soon after the minimum wage takes effect.  Maybe by having the people vote on it first, then if the vote is overwhelmingly in favor, they can pass it and then blame the public when they see the unintended consequences of their action.
Of course, they might just pass it in the lame duck session after they have used up the issue or maybe just to spite the Republicans if the Republicans win.
By the way, the rest of us need to get on the politicians to end the practice of lame duck sessions where they pass laws that would never pass before the elections.


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