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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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

How ‘the Separation of Church and State’ will destroy the United States and Western Civilization

We are constantly being told that the United States was built on the idea of secularism, that is, that religion is something that can and should exist entirely separate from government and public life, that religion is something private and personal, like your taste in music and your taste in clothes.

The obvious problem with this thinking is that it has only been the last generation or so that this principle has been identified and applied to our public life.  It was only in 1947, 170 years after our nation’s founding, that we were told by the court called supreme that government cannot aid religion or have anything to do with religion.  Since that time that court has expanded on that ruling to apply it to such things as the use of the Bible in public schools, public prayer, Ten Commandment displays, and any other mention of God in public and by government and its representatives, like public schools.

Some public mentions of God have remained, for now, like having ‘In God We Trust’ on our money, ‘under God’ in our Pledge of Allegiance, and retaining Christmas as a national holiday.  That only remains for later versions of that court and further challenges before those disappear as well.

So exactly how will this secularism destroy our country and Western Civilization?

We first need to ask what a religion really is.  We are told that it is our beliefs about God and our duties to Him.  True, but that is only part of it.  A religion is a worldview.  It encompasses all of life and answers life’s biggest questions, like what is the meaning of life, what are the rules, are there any rules, what is right and what is wrong.

Secularism is also a worldview, and it also has answers for life’s biggest questions.  Where Christianity teaches that we are accountable to God, secularism teaches that man is the highest being.  There are no rules but what we decide for ourselves or as a society.  Some recent examples of how this can go are Germany, Russia, and China, where millions of people were killed in the attempt to create a perfect society.

Christianity taught us to love our neighbors.  Now we are taught to tolerate them.  The first requires an active caring for them, helping them in need.  The second simply means to ignore them. 
Christianity taught us to set aside a day of rest to honor God and to, well, rest.  Now society is all 24/7, and people don’t have time or opportunity to think and reflect to maintain balance and perspective.  This makes a people less aware of the bigger picture and more easily swayed and manipulated by media and government. 

Christianity taught us not to steal or to covet.  This was the basis for the idea of property rights.  Now we feel that the government has the right to appropriate as much of that as it wants and give it to whoever it deems worthy.  Nobody has the right to own any more than anyone else.

Speaking of the poor, Christianity taught us to care for the poor.  And in the past, millions of Christians volunteered and generously gave their time and money to help people in need.  Now the government has assumed most of the responsibility for this, but at a much higher cost.  And instead of voluntary contributions, they take and borrow whatever they want to give to those most likely to vote for them to keep the benefits coming.

Christianity taught us that God is our security.  Absent God in public life and government, government now feels responsible to be our benefactor and security.  We have traded our prosperity for our security.  Where the American Dream was that our children would have better lives than we and that there is no limit to one’s success, now government takes whatever money it can from those who have it to give it to those who have less.  Better that nobody be rich than anybody be poor. 

 Christianity taught us not to go into debt.  Now everything is run with borrowed money, including our government.  Borrowed money always costs more than it would have otherwise, and we keep devaluing our money to hide the true cost of this debt.  Except that only increases borrowing.  And the whole thing is due to collapse.

Our entire value system can now be described in four words: tolerance, equality, fairness, and diversity.  Our only responsibility as a people is tolerance.  The rest is the responsibility of the government. 

We already mentioned tolerance, which breaks down or eliminates the bonds that hold us together as a society.  We no longer have any responsibility to our neighbors.

Equality means that we discourage high achievers.  It is just as important to deter those with the most potential as it is to help those with the least.  Better to have everybody at the same level of achievement than to have some more successful than others.  We also need to lower our standards to ensure that more people meet them.

Fairness applies equality to society, working to eliminate anything in society that might seem to favor one group or individual over another.  If, for example, an industry, field, town, occupation, school is perceived as having too many white males, too many whites, or too many males, it is concluded that discrimination has to be in play, so the government has to work to remedy this.  If the remedy requires lowering standards, reverse discrimination, or government subsidies to make it happen, the government does what it has to do.

Diversity means that we encourage differences between people so that there remains very little to unite us.  People generally make friends with people with whom they share common interests.  Now we want to have the widest range of differences everywhere we can so that we no longer have a united society, but only small clusters of different groups with nothing in common with the others but their dependency on government   It is a plus if all of your neighbors don’t speak your language.  You might actually talk to them and develop attachments.

If our new enlightened society does not first collapse from spending itself broke, it will collapse as people who do not share our values, old or new, migrate here and try to create here the society they left, and we feel powerless to stop them, because we feel we don’t have the right to or a better alternative.  We then become a different nation very unlike the one we grew up in and the kind of nation our founders fled from to start this one.

Many people are promoting the idea of a secular nation mainly because of their dislike of the religion that was prominent in our country for so long, Christianity.  Often these same people have a disregard for all religions, mainly because they reject the concept of a Higher Power to which they are subject. 

The irony here is that they have merely substituted one religion for another, one that at least purports to have revelation from God as to how life is supposed to work for another religion run entirely by human beings who are still figuring out all the new rules that apply in a secular state. 

Nations have always had their gods.  People in secular nations have the same need for a higher power to protect, guide, and care for them.  Government now assumes these roles.  Those who seek to remove religion from society have only changed religions but now with human beings like themselves playing the role of the all-wise, all-knowing lawgiver and judge.

You would think that a religion in existence for thousands of years would have all the kinks worked out by now, but now we have ventured on a new path, making new rules with no hindsight to give us a clue if we are on the right or even a viable path. 

As a society, we no longer know what made Western Civilization and the United States what they are.  So when changes occur, we have no way to judge whether they are improvements or not.   So we are in a mad rush to change our country according to the latest cultural trends, like walking in the woods without a compass.  We are lost, but we are enjoying the scenery.

If our economy doesn’t collapse first from the unsustainable debt we have incurred trying to meet every need and protect against every misfortune, we will find ourselves living in a country very unlike what it was like or what it was intended to be like.  The tragedy is that most of us won’t even know that, because we have accepted a much lower and different vision of how things should be. 

We won’t hear on the evening news: “In national and international news, Western Civilization collapsed today.  Tomorrow officially the entire world will be third world countries.”

The United States will still exist in name, but it will be one where if our Founders were alive today, they would either look for another country to flee to or there would be another revolution.


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