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.

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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Friday, January 1, 2016

Should voters be allowed to smoke?

A reader (Dec. 31) informed us of a push to raise the legal age of smoking in our country to 21.  What is ironic here is that 40 years ago there was a push to lower the voting age to 18.   The reason for this was that there was a draft, and 18 year olds were taken into the military and sent to Viet Nam.  If anyone was old enough to fight and maybe die for our country was thought to be old enough to vote.

But then we no longer have the draft today, but we do have 26 years olds still living at home and being on their parents’ medical insurance.

I bet that these same people who want to raise the legal age for smoking to 21 want to keep the legal age for voting at 18.  People who don’t have the sound judgment not to smoke surely have the sound judgment to vote for their political candidates.

I submit that the legal age for voting be raised back to 21, or even 25, the legal age for a Congressman, with exemptions for those in the military.  I would also grant exemptions for married people, homeowners, business owners, heads of households, and any other people who show indications of above average responsibility.


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