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

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

a response to this "humanitarian crisis"

The Sun-Times (Dec. 29) printed a guest column telling us to put our fears aside and bring in thousands of Muslim refugees into our country.  What could go wrong?

In the old days, Americans were proud of their Western culture.  We taught it in our schools to our children, and immigrants were expected to assimilate into our society.  And they did.  Gladly.

But now we celebrate diversity, where every culture is as good as another, and American culture has a lot to be ashamed of.  So we no longer expect assimilation, and not surprisingly there is less of it.
Europe has taken in Muslim immigrants for generations now, and the continent is in turmoil.  Watch some of the thousands of videos on youtube coming out of Europe showing the clash of cultures.

We forget too that Muslims have a problem unique to their religion.  At any given time, they can become radicalized and start to kill people.  This can happen without warning, and apparently it can happen to anyone, Muslim, that is.  Radical Christians or Jews may pray more, but they don’t blow themselves up or shoot lots of people.  There is a worldwide epidemic of this going around right now, and it is irresponsible to think that we are not endangering the lives of people here by bringing in thousands of people most likely to be infected with this disease.  We forget that when people move here, their families are here forever.

There are between 19 and 55 million refugees in the world today (depending on who’s counting).  Are these the only ones we can help?  And is making them a permanent part of our country the only or best way to help them?  Wouldn’t it be a lot easier to provide assistance until the war is over, and they can return to their own homes?


We have a responsibility to the people living here first.  Sorry, but that’s what governments are supposed to do.  Take care of their own people first.