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

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Free college for everyone


There is a video going around the internet of Joe Biden explaining how he and the President want to make education free for another two years beyond Bernie Sanders’ plan.  Paying for this would be simple.  There is a certain tax loophole that would more than cover for the cost of this program. 

A friend posted this on her Facebook page, and this was my response:

Oh, fix the tax loopholes.  Crap!  Why didn’t I think of that?

Let me explain how government works.  You may have noticed that our federal debt has increased from $9 trillion dollars in 2009 to $20 trillion dollars today.  The basic reason is that a large number of politicians don’t really care about paying for the things they want.  They are very happy just to borrow the money. 

So every so often we ask other countries if they want to loan us some money to buy things, like voters, and countries like China and Japan say, Sure, how much to do you want?  Nice people there.  The rest of the money we need, we just print, and that lowers the value of the money you already have.  That’s why prices keep going up, and your salary doesn’t.

They have been talking about closing tax loopholes ever since they have had taxes.  But that’s not really important.  They are not really concerned about how to pay for the program.  They just want the permission to spend the money.  After they get that, they will try to raise taxes again by closing loopholes on the rich.  As long as the Democrats run the show, they will get their tax increases, and maybe close a few tax loopholes. 

The Republicans will run on a platform of tax reductions.  When they get in office, they will reduce taxes, but the spending program will remain as it is, because millions of voters will vote against them if somebody tries to take it away.  And the debt just keeps going up.  And the cycle is repeated.

Politicians, Democrats more than Republicans, keep looking for things to spend money on.  What this does is develop classes of people who become dependent on government money.  Try to take it away, and you lose their votes.  This is what happened with Obamacare.  The program is unsustainable financially, so we just give it billions of taxpayer dollars to buy the votes of those dependent on it. 

What is surprising is how people do this with a straight face and think they are solving anything.