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 19, 2015

short answer for improving education in our country

This is my answer to a contest question of how to improve our nation's education.

There are two things we can do to ‘reset’ American education. 

The first thing may sound radical, extreme, to some, but we need to frame the debate.  If we talk about Progressives, then we are alerting them that we are trying to dislodge them.  I would choose a different strategy.

Our schools used to be the best in the world.  I don’t think anybody would dispute that.  That was before we had a separate Department of Education that we now spend $50 billion a year on with 50,000 employees.  Now our schools are inferior to that in most civilized countries. 

The Department of Education has shown itself to be not only a failure but irrelevant.  It should be ended, all control for education should be left to the states or local communities, and that $50 B could be used to pay down our national debt.  Teachers just need a classroom and books, and let them teach.


The second thing we need to do is to support private schools and homeschooling, which consistently show better results and promote better values.  The single best way to do that is to outlaw the double costs of not sending one’s children to public schools.  Two-thirds of property taxes pay for public schools.  Property taxes are at record levels.  We need to allow parents the right to deduct from their taxes the amount they spend on alternative education.

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