where religion and politics meet

Everybody has a worldview. A worldview is what you believe 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.

Nations have worldviews too, a prevailing way of looking at life that directs government policies and laws and that contributes significantly to the culture. Politics is the outworking of that worldview in public life.

Our country’s worldview used to be Christianity. Now we are told it is and has always been secularism, which is practical atheism. This issue divides our country, but those who disagree are divided as well on how to respond.

Our country could not have been founded as a secular nation, because a secular country could not guarantee freedom of religion. Secular values would be higher than religious ones, and they would supersede them when there was a conflict. Secularism sees religion only as your personal preferences, like your taste in food, music, or movies. It does not see religion, any religion, as being true.

But God, prayer, the Bible, and the Ten Commandments were always important parts of our public life, including our public schools, until 1963, when the court called supreme ruled them unconstitutional, almost 200 years after our nation’s founding.

Our country also did not envision a multitude of different religions co-existing in one place, because the people, and the government, would then be divided on the basic questions of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Our Constitution, which we fought a war to be able to enact, states, among other things, that our government exists for us to form a more perfect union, ensure domestic tranquility, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. It could not do this unless it had a clear vision of what it considers to be true, a vision shared with the vast majority of the people in this country.

I want 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.

Because religion deals with things like God, much of its contents is not subject to the scientific method, though the reasons why one chooses to believe in God or a particular religion certainly demand serious investigation, critical thinking, and a hunger for what is true.

Science and education used to be valuable tools in the search for truth, but science has chosen to answer the foundational questions of life without accepting the possibility of any supernatural causes, and education no longer considers the search to be necessary, possible, 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. Many of the newer articles are shorter responses to partiular problems.

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.

Larry Craig

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.