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.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

rewarding bad behavior

A guest columnist (Nov. 25) lectured conservatives on the 14 Amendment, because many of them don’t believe in “so-called birthright citizenship.”  The question is rightly being asked why children born in our country to people who illegally entered our country should be awarded immediate citizenship.  The columnist cites the 14th Amendment to make his case that these conservatives are wrong and even malicious for willfully ignoring the Constitution when they find it inconvenient.
The 14th Amendment was passed shortly after the Civil War to address the condition of ex-slaves who found themselves in legal limbo in much of the country.  The importation of slaves had long been banned, and this Amendment was written to ensure citizenship for all of them who had been born here. 
This Amendment was never understood as giving citizenship to the Indians or children born here of foreign diplomats, so this Amendment was never understood as giving blanket citizenship to any person born here.  Note the phrase that this columnist just as conveniently ignores himself:  “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.”  Children of foreign diplomats are under the jurisdiction of a foreign country, and people who enter our country illegally are certainly not under our jurisdiction either. 

The 14th Amendment was never intended to reward illegal behavior, and continuing to do so only encourages more of it in the future.  . 

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