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

Sunday, April 26, 2015

medical insurance

A  Herald reader (April 25) thinks our country needs single payer (i.e. government run) medical insurance, because he thinks private insurance companies are mismanaged, self-serving cretins who overcharge everybody unnecessarily.  (I paraphrase.)

Private insurance costs are going up essentially due to government interference, as in the Affordable Care Act.  Insurance costs go down basically through competition.  Obamacare limits that by limiting the choices of plans that can be offered and the companies that will offer them.  The plans offered must also include far more things than they used to, all of which raise costs further.

The best and cheapest health insurance has always been group plans offered by employers.  But the government has and continues to send millions of these jobs overseas in the name of free or fair trade.  Look for more in the near future as the President secretly negotiates another trade agreement.

Actually government-run health insurance is far more expensive than private coverage.  They just don’t tell you the true costs.  They just borrow billions of dollars from China and raise your taxes in innumerable other ways to pay for it.


Speaking of which, in the near future, this government debt, which nobody seems to care about, could cost our country our world reserve currency status, which would probably cripple our economy far worse than the crash of 2008.  Only this will be harder to get out of because it would involve the government undoing decades of government programs which have enabled millions of people to be dependent on the government and will include massive tax increases which will hit and depress all but the most wealthy.  They will just have less money to invest in things that help the rest of us.