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.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The problem with trade agreements

The Herald printed an opinion piece (April 30) lauding trade agreements for our country and encouraging everyone to back President Obama as he pushes for another one.

On the contrary, it was trade agreements that destroyed the middle class and turned our country into one of high end and mostly low end jobs.  Building an economy on exports means that you have to wait for the other countries to prosper before you can prosper.  When they are in a slump, then you follow them.  You lose control of your own economy.

America prospered when it made all of its own stuff.  Imports were taxed, and people paid more so they could get Swiss chocolate, or French wine, or Chinese silk.  Now other countries make our stuff and send it back to us.  They get the jobs, we save a little money up front, but we pay far more in taxes and inflation to pay for all the social costs and debts from not having those jobs here anymore.


We have already had a number of trade deals starting with NAFTA under President Clinton, and in every case we lose more and more jobs and more and more control over our own economy.  

Globalization only makes the richer nations poorer and keeps the poorer nations poor.  Nations have to make or produce things to become rich, and richer nations do a lot less of that now.  And poorer nations never learn to make anything, because they keep relying on other countries to either make the jobs or sell them their stuff.

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