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.

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.

Larry Craig

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Why do the good die young?


The Sun-Times (December 20) asked a question on the front page:  Why do the good die young?
Answer:  Because science can’t teach us the value of a human life, and neither can a secular society.  That takes religion, specifically Christianity.  Science tells us our chemical composition and our biological classification: the top of the line of mammals, a little above chimpanzees.  We are only here on earth because our planet had water.  We have come to where we are today through the survival of the fittest.  Or as we used to say as a kid, dog eat dog.  Only the strong survive.
It was Christianity that taught our people to care for each other, to love our neighbors, to respect human life.  But when we removed God from our public education, all we can teach our children is tolerance, which is another way of saying don’t get involved with other people.  Ignore them. 
We used to teach our kids morals, at school and at home.  But we can’t do that at school anymore, because you can’t teach morals without getting into religion.  And it isn’t happening at home, because there is no longer a home to speak of.  Either both parents are working, or there is only one parent there, and she is working, and nobody has the time or energy to raise the kids.  They are often left to themselves or in daycare, where they can’t teach them morals either.
You may never realize the value of a human life until you go to a funeral, and you realize that life is more than just chemical reactions.  The chemicals are still there, but the life is not.  The emotions we feel are more than just the release of chemicals into our brains.
A secular society cannot succeed.  There is nothing that unites every person with his neighbor.  Either it is done through the free will of people who love each other in response to God, or the government has to try to control everybody at an enormous cost, so everybody ends up as a ward of the state, except of course for those who work for the state.