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 14, 2015

What's missing in these gun control debates

We are missing something in these gun control debates.  Having a lot of guns is not a new phenomenon in our country.  Before our Constitution was even ratified (1789), James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and John Jay wrote the Federalist Papers to explain and defend the proposed Constitution in order to gain the necessary votes to ratify it. 

In one of the papers it was noted that we are an “armed” people.  And this was touted as a good thing because it preserved our freedom and protected us from dictatorships.

If guns are now a problem in our society, after almost 225 years, then society has a bigger problem.  Our people have changed.  They have changed from being responsible people who cared for each other to angry people filled with hatred.

How did this happen?  It happened because we have removed God from our schools and our public life, and there just isn’t anything to replace it that encourages personal responsibility and positive regard for other people.  We keep invoking tolerance, but we fail to provide a reason why we should tolerate anybody or anything.  Tolerance itself only encourages people to put up with or simply to ignore people we don’t like. It doesn't deal with anger and hatred. The Bible taught us to love our neighbors.

The court called supreme got it wrong when they said that government cannot aid religion.  Our founders including George Washington often spoke of religion and morality as being essential to a happy and prosperous people.  (Read his farewell speech and the Northwest Ordinance as examples.)

Our schools used to have rifle clubs.  Now they have metal detectors.