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

should the U.S. have a Parliament instead of a Congress?

This is my answer to the question of whether the U.S. needs a parliamentary system, as asked by a radio talk show host in a contest.

The United States does not need a parliamentary system.  Our Founders could have modeled our country after England, and Europe, in this regard but chose not to.

I would suggest three reasons why our system is better than theirs.
1)         An important feature of our government is checks and balances, which makes it harder for our leaders to change things.  This allows for more time and discussion on issues and less chances of any party or person forcing an agenda on the country.  Our government has three equal branches, while a Parliament really only has two, since the Prime Minister is essentially a part of the Legislature. 
2)         Our Congressmen are chosen to 2 year terms, so their terms in office are supposed to be more responsive to the desires of their constituents.  If the constituents don’t like what is going on, they can change it a lot faster.  Parliaments generally have a lot longer time between elections.
3)         Political parties have a much greater hold in Parliaments than in the States.  Here anyone can run for office, but there the parties make that decision.  The parties expect and get much more conformity over political decisions in a Parliament than in Congress.


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