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

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.