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.

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Thank you.

Larry Craig

Friday, November 6, 2015

A Christian's Responsibility to Immigrants, Migrants, and Refugees: A response to an editorial

Should Christians take their kid’s college fund and give it to homeless people?  Should Christians move entire neighborhoods of people from high crime, low income areas to their suburbs so these people will have better schools and a safer place to live?

Yes, America has always been known for being welcoming to immigrants, but we never in our past accepted people just because they wanted to come here.  People were routinely refused admittance if they were illiterate, immoral, subversive, sick, or liable to being dependent on the government.  Now, whether with the illegal immigrants or the new migrants, we are being told to just take them all, no questions asked.

The West’s elaborate and generous welfare system did not exist when we had the mass migrations of the early 1900s.  Before we sent most of our good paying jobs overseas, an increase in population increased demand, and there were always plenty of good jobs for people. 

Now we have the lowest labor participation rates since maybe before World War 2.  We have record numbers of people on food stamps and welfare, and the American dream of children living better than their parents or families where mothers stay home to raise their children are unrealistic for most people.

This mass migration of people to Europe are not all Syrian refugees fleeing war.  They come from throughout the Muslim world, and they want to go to Germany and Sweden primarily, because Germany and Sweden have the best welfare benefits.  Go to youtube and watch all the videos coming from Europe about how things are going there since they have been accepting millions of immigrants, migrants, and refugees from Africa and Asia. 

Sweden is now the rape capital of the world.  Women regularly dye their blond hair black in the hopes they will less likely be a victim.  Where Islam couldn’t defeat Europe and the West in war, they have settled for doing it more slowly by demographics, replacing an aging white population with young Muslims. 

If we were winning them to Christ in the West, this could be an ideal way to win the Muslim world.  They would make the best missionaries to go back.  But we are not.  There are more and more people who are seeing the decline and rapidly approaching death of the West through bankruptcy and demographics.  We no longer know what Western civilization was built on.