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:

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Thank you.

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.

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