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.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Ending the gun violence in Chicago - a response to an editorial

I agree with the Sun-Times and the people of Chicago that this senseless gun violence must stop.  But I think we are missing something so obvious that it borders on the comical that we aren’t talking about it.  But we need to talk about it before we will ever achieve a lasting solution.

We are blaming illegal guns and the lack of background checks for all these shootings, but we are not saying anything about why this is basically a problem only in the black community.  The only time we talk about or are allowed to talk about blacks as a group is when we deplore how badly they are treated by white people or by the police. 

But the violence we are so concerned about here is not white on black shootings or even black on white shootings.  It’s not even police on black or black on police shootings.  It’s black on black shootings. 

And again, something so obvious here, we are careful not to blame them for this.  It’s the fault of those evil people who sell them illegal guns or the fault of the system for not doing thorough background checks or for allowing people with mental problems to legally own guns.

You want an answer.  I will give it to you, but you won’t like it.  The problem is the lack of families where the father and the mother live together and raise their children together in a loving environment.  Children need role models.  We all recognize this when we talk about mentoring programs for disadvantaged youth, but we don’t talk about why they are disadvantaged in the first place.  Their mentors should be their parents, their fathers and their mothers. 

We don’t want to use the word ‘should’ anymore, because we are afraid of hurting people’s feelings. But fathers and mothers should be married to each other and raise their children together, and the violence will cease.

If you want the government to do something for blacks, get them to bring the jobs back to our country.