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

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Questions from my Senator Part 1 creating jobs and improving the economy

Hi Mark
Thank you for writing.  To answer your questions:
Which of the following do you believe is more likely to secure economic prosperity?
Decreasing federal regulations
Increasing federal spending

Economic prosperity means that I and people like me have more money to spend, save, and invest as we see fit.  When the government spends money, it has to take it from people like me in order to spend it.  The government could borrow or print the money, but this ultimately either makes what they want to do more expensive or just devalues the money I already have. 

Federal spending is a drag on the economy.  Cut spending drastically, and the economy will boom again.

How important is balancing the federal budget?
Very Important
Somewhat Important
Not Important

Balancing the budget is unimportant at this time, but not for the reasons you might think.  Making the budget balance as a priority will most likely demand a huge tax increase, because the government will not have the brains or the balls to cut the size of the government and its spending the way it needs to be cut. 

But as a principle, the budget should be balanced.  Otherwise you are like a homeowner who is paying interest fees on your credit cards every month.  It only makes everything more expensive.  But the government has a huge spending problem, both in terms of how many people work for the government and how it spends its money.  Taxes are too high, so the only room for movement is to cut the size of the government and its spending.

Thanks again.


One additional note on business regulations.
Regulations increase the cost of businesses unnecessarily in most cases and only raises the prices of their goods and services, which diminishes our prosperity.  This added cost also works to hold down hiring and employee compensation.
We need to encourage people to start their own businesses rather than hope to work for somebody else.  Business regulations and fees and red tape only make it harder. 

Thanks again.  And Merry Christmas!