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.

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Thank you.

Larry Craig

Friday, May 1, 2015

children of illegal immigrants

The Sun-Times editorial (May 1) speaks to one of the painful realities of this whole immigration mess.  Millions of people were brought here illegally as children, and compassion and common sense say that we need to help them in some way.

The problem is that we are not addressing the bigger problems that make any solutions impractical. 

Our country was built on immigrants, but we miss two important facts here.  The first is that there were no government assistance programs then as there are today, but we had jobs for them when they came here.

Our country is $18 trillion in debt, and our economy can easily collapse, when the other nations decide the dollar should no longer be the world reserve currency.  And this could happen later this year.

When a country makes all of its own stuff, as the population increases, jobs increase correspondingly to meet their needs.   But we sent millions of those jobs overseas in the name of free or fair trade, and we don’t have those jobs anymore.  Most of the remaining jobs don’t pay enough to buy these things, and too many people rely on the government to borrow money to give to them.

So frankly I am torn.  I am quite content to let millions of people become legal if they did it the old fashioned way.  They appeared before immigration officials and were accepted or rejected face to face.  To just blanket accept millions of people without even knowing who they are seems a bit irresponsible to me.  Is 11 million people too many to practically do that?  Hey, that’s what happens when you don’t address a problem right the first time.


So what about the Sun-Times proposal to allow illegal immigrants an equal shot at state scholarships?  I think to do this for somebody who is admittedly illegal makes a mockery of our laws.  But I have no problem with any person here illegally to walk into an immigration office and apply for immigration status.  A country always retains the right of refusal, but a country does have the right and obligation to know just who is in our country.