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:

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

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

Thank you.

Larry Craig

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Dear Mr. Trump (again)

Dear Mr. Trump

I hope you are doing well.

I believe you need me to be a part of your Presidential team.

Very simply, there are far too many people who should be supporting you but are not.  There may be enough angry, frustrated people who will vote for you to win the election, but we cannot afford to take that chance.  You are going to need a supermajority to win, because there will be enough voter fraud to swing a close election the other way.

You are not doing enough to persuade people who don’t already support you to do that.  Simply attacking Hillary will be of limited value as the campaign officially begins, because it will just lead to a campaign of which candidate is the lesser of two unlikeables. You will gain far more respect if you focus on the issues, and there will still plenty of opportunities to show the seriousness of her deficiencies.

I have identified 5 issues so far that I call the iceberg sinking the ship.  If the ship sinks, nothing else is going to matter. 

These are the issues to focus on to get the people who should be voting for you but don’t want to.  These are also the issues where you seem to be the only person in politics or the media who holds these views, and you need to show these people why your positions are not only the right ones but the best ones. 

Frankly, I am not even sure you understand completely why some of your positions are right, and necessary, because your position on Muslims has changed, though everybody just seems to remember your first position, banning all Muslims.

These five issues are jobs, immigration, Muslims, being a non-politician, and the Supreme Court. 

I heard a speech you gave on trade and jobs which said a lot of the right things, but that has become ancient history.  There was much more that needed to be said, but you’re not winning people to your side. 

You were right the first time to ban all Muslims, but you have modified that position quite a bit, suggesting that you think there could be safe Muslim immigration. 

I believe you need me to help make the case why your ideas are the right and best ones for our country.  You can’t just hope you have enough people who already agree with you.  The ones who don’t agree with you will try to stop you and only make your candidacy seem more controversial than it need be.  

You need to convince those who don’t agree, and if you can’t convince them, by showing them that you have really good reasons for what you do, you can soften their opposition so that they won’t fight so hard against your ideas, both before and after the election.

I write a lot on political and current issues and post my articles on my blog poligion1.blogspot.com.  You can read everything I have written so far.  Frankly, I see and write about things that I don’t see and hear about anywhere else.  I could recommend somebody else for the job, but I don’t know anybody else who can offer what I do. 

I wish you the best.  This is my third attempt to reach you in this regard.  I hope you get this.

Sincerely,


Larry Craig