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

Friday, December 4, 2015

Vetting the refugees: a page from their handbook

A lot of people are concerned that these Muslim refugees that our President wants to bring into our country are properly vetted.  I was able to obtain a page from the vetter’s handbook that we use to vet them, and I reproduce it here.

6)         You have a neighbor who is an evangelical Christian.  He invites you to his house for a Bible study.  What do you do?
            a)         Go to it.  Maybe you can then invite him to your mosque and tell him about Islam.
            b)         Thank him for the invitation, but say that you would rather not at this time.
            c)         Kill him.
7)         You are worried that your young daughter will be corrupted in modern American culture.  What do you do?
            a)         Get her involved in a youth group at the mosque to keep her busy.
            b)         Get her a female genital mutilation.
            c)         Kill her.
8)         Your nephew has become a born-again Christian.  He wants to talk to you about Jesus.  What do you do?
            a)         Ask your imam to go see him.
            b)         Talk to your Muslim community with people with similar problems seeking their advice.
            c)         Kill him.
9)         Your child’s teacher at school tells your child that all cultures are equal, and that we need to be tolerant of other cultures.  Your child agrees with her.  What do you do?
            a)         Meet with the teacher and explain how Islam is an exception to this rule.
            b)         Kill her.
            c)         Kill her and your child.
10)       A co-worker got into a discussion about religion and said that all religions are alike, manmade inventions, and people like Muhammad are just charlatans.  What do you do?
            a)         Engage him in discussion and ask him to show evidence for his statements.
            b)         Invite him to your mosque so he can see the truth of your religion.
            c)         Kill him.
11)       Your teenage daughter has begun dating a non-Muslim boy.  What do you do?
            a)         Have the adult members of the family talk to her of her responsibility to her family and her religion.
            b)         Ban her from seeing this boy anymore and restrict her social life.
            c)         Kill her.
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Scoring:           There are no right or wrong answers to these questions.  What matters is that you answered the questions truthfully and sincerely.  Who are we to judge the religion or culture of another?  In the West, we consider all religions and cultures to be equal.  All we ask is that these are sincere beliefs.

You have passed the vetting process.  Welcome to the United States!  You will be contacted shortly about where and when you may move into your new home, and your government assistance payments will begin a week or so after you move in.  Again, welcome to your new home!