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.

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.


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