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.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

an open letter to a Congressman on how to fix our economy

Congressman Paul Ryan
1233 Longworth HOB
Washington D.C. 20515

Congressman Ryan:

I happened to catch part of your appearance on the Michael Medved show. I heard enough to know that you are somebody I need to talk to.

Our country has many serious problems. One of our greatest problems is the economy.  When people are not working, they become more dependent on the government, which goes deeper into debt to support them, which depresses the economy even further as it pulls more money out of the private sector.

I know there are many advocates for public spending to boost or drive the economy, but borrowing money is always the more expensive way to do anything and what money that is not borrowed is taken from somebody to give to somebody else, so ultimately it is just moving the same money around.  People are only getting richer as somebody else is getting poorer.

Our population is growing rapidly as we bring in million of immigrants, but we don’t have the jobs to support them, so this only fuels our increasing government debt which dampens the economy even further.

There is a way out, and only one that I see.

When a country makes all of its own stuff, then as the population increases, demand increases, and jobs increase.  There are only 4 ways to increase the amount of wealth that a country has: manufacturing, agriculture, mining, and fishing.  Otherwise we are just moving the same money around.  One person gets more as another person gets less.

We sent millions of our jobs overseas in the name of free or fair trade.  We were sold the idea that we could create more jobs by exporting our products to the world.  But this means that our economy is now dependent on the prosperity of the rest of the world in order for our own country to prosper.  We have taken the control of our economy out of our hands and placed it in the hands of other countries, which we cannot control.

Society has always run on the premise: I take care of my family, because we love each other the most and we can influence each other the most.  I can’t take care of my neighbors, because I don’t have the time, I don’t have the personal investment, and I don’t have the authority. So too nations need to take care of their own people first, because they don’t have the means, the authority, or the knowledge to take care of any other country.

When a country makes its own stuff, we take care of our own people.  Everybody has a job, because we can see the needs in front of us and create the jobs to meet those needs.  We can’t do this for another country.

We have always traded with other countries, but it has always been where the other country offered us something unique that we wanted, like Swiss chocolate, French wine, Chinese silk, or even a Japanese car.  We always paid more for it, and we were happy to do it. But now they are making our own stuff with their workers, and we don’t have the jobs.

A global economy, which is sounds so noble and enlightened, only impoverishes the wealthier nations and actually does very little for the poorer ones, because they are not developing their own economy. We are giving them jobs, sure, at the cost of our own jobs, but we are not really helping them, because countries shouldn’t be relying on another country for its own prosperity.

But don’t countries benefit when they can buy products cheaper from a foreign source?   Only in the short run, because as we eventually lose the jobs of making our own stuff, we have more and more people out of work and dependent on public resources.  So what you saved on that appliance, you pay more in taxes and inflation due to government debt.

Any products brought in from a foreign country should be taxed.  Maybe 10-15%. I know in the past these taxes were often removed, added, or varied by industry, but I think that was a mistake.  People need to be taught that buying something from a foreign country that we used to make here may be cheaper for the moment, but we are paying a much higher cost in the long run as we lose jobs and the government assumes more responsibility for taking care of its own people.

So bottom line: the only way we can support our people and do this most efficiently and keep being able to do this as our population grows is to make our own stuff.  Imports are fine when they are foreign companies that want to enter our market, but not when it is our own companies that we have chased away or otherwise made it unprofitable to work here.

Thank you.



Larry Craig

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