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

If you want to contact me, email is best: lacraig1@sbcglobal.net

Thank you.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

how should we respond to an unresponsive government

My answer to a contest question on how to fix an unresponsive government.

Historically, I would say that it has been the media and the churches that have kept the pressure on government to be honest, open, and responsive.  The common element is that you have people who can talk to large numbers of people and ideally they can give the people some direct way to respond to what is happening in our capitols. 

Most of the media have failed us for some time now, basically I would say because they favor the Democratic philosophy of government and the only alternative is the Republicans who have a large conservative, Christian element in it that they would like to ignore.

Churches have stood by silently for too long for a number of reasons, but partly because they were told to do so by our government.  The threat of losing tax exempt status is a powerful force.
Any kind of reform depends on leadership, people who can identify the problems, clearly provide answers, and then show other people what they can do as well. 

Dr. Savage, you identify a host of problems, but your listeners need to know what they can do about them.  Should they write somebody, picket something, call somebody?  Government will respond if enough people call them on something.  You have, what, 3 million listeners.  (I’m guessing.)  If one per cent of them wrote a letter to somebody, I would say it would have an impact. 


We also need leaders who will bring our nation’s attention to such egregious evils as gerrymandering.

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