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:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb-RztuRKdCEQzgbhp52dCw

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Thank you.

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.

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