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:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb-RztuRKdCEQzgbhp52dCw

If you want to contact me, email is best: lacraig1@sbcglobal.net

Thank you.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

government debt in Illinois: a letter to my state represenative

Hi Laura

I haven’t written to you personally for a while.  I hope you are doing well. 

There is a huge problem in our state with an obvious solution, but nobody is talking about it.

The state is broke, Chicago is broke, and the Chicago Public Schools are broke.  They keep borrowing money to meet their obligations, which not only puts them further in debt but the interest costs make every dollar they do collect of less value.

The whole problem is one sentence in the State Constitution about the ability of the state to in any way reduce pension benefits.  Yet nobody is talking about changing the Constitution. 

Is the state expecting that at some point the Federal Government will just bail them out and pay for their debt?

Oh, the Federal Government has problems of its own.  It’s 20 trillion dollars in debt. 

Do politicians actually live in the real world?  Do they have any common sense?  Do they care for anybody besides themselves? 

Of course, I am not including you in this indictment.  You are only one person in a sea of politicians.  But I haven’t heard one person speak up about this.  Not even the newspapers.  And I have written them about this a number of times.

I cannot think of any issue in Illinois right now more important than this.  And I can’t think of any other solution than the one I mentioned here.  I hope you will rise to the challenge and do the right thing.

Thank you


Larry Craig

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