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, January 24, 2015

Does a Child have a Right to a Mother and a Father?

A response to a letter January 24 on the legal reality of gays and gay marriage:

We keep hearing today about people’s rights and how more and more things are now considered a right. 

When the Bill of Rights was passed, rights were seen as things people could do without government interference.  Starting with Franklin Roosevelt, rights came to be seen more as things that people were entitled to and that the government had the responsibility to see that people got these things.  Roosevelt admitted that the goal here was to get votes, stay in power, and increase the role, size, and reach of the government.

So more and more things today are talked about as rights.  Everybody wants what they want, and they believe they are entitled to them.  With regard to gay marriage, I ask the question:

Does a child have a right to a mother and a father, and to be raised by them?  We have already normalized and accepted single motherhood in our society.  There is no longer any stigma for a single woman to have a child.  While their children often turn out well, statistically they are at a steep disadvantage.  But nobody is saying that single motherhood is just as good, or equal, to a family with a mother and a father.

But in gay marriage, we are intentionally removing one parent out of the child’s life and calling this just as good as a two parent home.  Equal, in fact.

Whether you believe in God or evolution, they both ended up in the same place.  It takes a man and a woman to create a child.  Who has the right to say that a child doesn’t need both of its parents?  Does a society have the right to remove a mother or father from a child’s life in order to please someone else?

The fact that something is legal doesn’t make it right.  Laws are often made by political pressure whether through money or potential votes

If children grew on trees, we wouldn’t even be having this discussion.  People wouldn’t be getting married at all except perhaps as a safeguard for getting old, so that they wouldn’t be alone.  But marriage has always been society’s means of seeing that the children that inevitably result from men and women getting together are raised to be good, productive, moral citizens.

We don’t talk a lot about children being the reason for marriage, because too many couples find out that they are unable to have children, and it is usually very painful when they do.  But we don’t know up front who those couples will be.  But we do know that children need strong homes to be raised in.  Yes, some parents don’t parent well, but it’s wrong to remove a parent from a child’s life before the fact and call it just as good as if it wasn’t removed.

So whatever laws there may be, there will always be people who will insist that gay marriage is not equal and should not be called equal, because it encourages the raising of children without one of their parents and saying it doesn’t make any difference. 

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