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.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Stealing and cheating

The Sun-Times reported (January 5) on theft and cheating in the Chicago Public School system.  What I found surprising is that it seems everybody seems surprised about it.  I’m not surprised at all.  I am sure there is a lot more that they haven’t uncovered yet.

Why am I not surprised?  Stealing and cheating, while certainly not victimless crimes, are attempts by people to gain some advantage or personal gain in situations where there appears little chance of getting caught and where there are essentially nameless, faceless victims.  Is this so bad?  Doesn’t everybody want to get ahead or look better in the eyes of others? 

Why not steal and cheat once in a while?  Doesn’t everybody, given the right opportunity?

To complain about this, to me, is invoking a higher authority, like there is a standard of right and wrong that has nothing to do with risk of getting caught, the magnitude of a crime, or whether anyone is actually being hurt.  Like things are just right or wrong in themselves.


All this seems to me like a carryover from the old days when our society believed in God and the Ten Commandments.  But we have relegated all that to the wishful thinking of the unenlightened past.  Science has shown us that there was no God that created us and who consequently holds us responsible for our lives.  Trying to get ahead seems to me like that survival of the fittest we keep hearing about that was responsible for us being here in the first place.  

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