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.

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Thank you.

Larry Craig

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Christians and America

Christians came, actually fled, to America, because they wanted religious freedom.  Now they have lost it, and there is nowhere else to go.

A lot of you are reading this and wondering what I am talking about. 

Religious freedom, like all freedom, isn’t necessarily lost suddenly, violently, or completely.  It can happen slowly, like the proverbial camel’s foot in the tent, over generations.  Each generation loses a bit, learns to accept it and finds it not worth fighting for, and the next generation starts with less freedom as the new norm.  This new generation is easily swayed that this is the way it has always been or at least how it was supposed to have been, and they shrug their shoulders and think that Christians shouldn’t be concerned about these things anyway.

A lot of you are still wondering why I said that religious freedom is lost in America.  The First Amendment denies Congress the right to prohibit the free exercise of religion. 

But this right can only be guaranteed when religious values are consistent with the highest values of the country.  That is no longer the case.  We are told, over and over, that our nation was founded as a secular nation where all the different religions of the world can live together in blissful harmony free to do whatever they want inside their respective buildings, up to a point.

As a secular nation, there are secular values, and these values are higher than any religious ones.  First there was abortion.  Not only is your money now used to pay for them, but if you work in the medical, pharmaceutical, or pregnancy care fields, you may find that you are required to provide assistance for abortions in ways you would rather not.

As government confers or establishes rights for more kinds of human behavior, those rights supersede your religious rights not to participate.  You may even be compelled to do things against your conscience. 

Many of you are saying that it isn’t so bad.  Things are far worse in other parts of the world, and we shouldn’t complain.  But you would be missing the point.

The framework has changed.  The trajectory has moved.  The direction of the country is leading away from your religious, or Christian, values.  It’s only a matter of time, for example, before a pastoral candidate sues a church, because it found out that he or she is married to another person of the same sex, and since gay marriage is legal, you will lose your right to discriminate against him or her in a position of employment. 

We are told that we live in a diverse country and must accommodate and embrace this diversity.  But what we are not told is that this diversification of our country is intentional.  It is meant to dilute and diminish any Christian influence in our country.  And the very idea of diversity today has come more and more to mean the Islamization of our country.  The government supposedly isn’t keeping track of the religious affiliation of immigrants, but Muslim countries are providing the bulk of our new immigrants. 

In 50 years of less, Europe will become a continent of Muslim countries.  What the Muslim world could not do in a thousand years through war, it will now do peacefully, relatively speaking, through immigration.

Christians in general have not seen political involvement as something that they should do.  Yet Christians own businesses and houses, pay taxes, have investments, hire lawyers to protect their interests, and send their kids to public schools.  What happens politically affects all of these things.

Christians may give 10 % of their income to God as an act of being a good steward, but they probably give 50 % of their income to the government in the form of taxes, fees, licenses, and fines.  If we care where that 10 % goes, shouldn’t we care where that 50 % goes?

Christians are often taught that they must be submissive to government.  But they forget that the kind of government we have today is not the kind they had in Bible days.  We don’t have kings, Caesars, or rulers; we have representatives.  If our leaders do things we don’t like or agree with, we have the right and the responsibility to remove them and replace them with ones who will see to our best interests.  And sometimes that will mean that we will have to try to become those leaders ourselves.

We forget that the right to exercise our religion was won by a war that we initiated.  I have often said that if the Christians alive today were alive at the time of our nation’s founding, there never would have been an American Revolution.  And if the Christians alive then were alive today, there already would have been a second one.

Where do we start?  I would say that we first need to know and understand more about the origin of our country.  And to do that you need to read not the history of our founding but the writings of our founding.  History books can be very selective on what they talk about and what they omit. 

David Barton, founder of the organization Wallbuilders, is probably the foremost authority on writings in American history as they pertain to religion and our country.  His books make the case for a Christian founding of our nation, but more importantly they gather together the primary sources so that you can read the Founders for yourself.  You can read The Federalist Papers, which were written to explain the Constitution so that people would vote to ratify it. 

Everybody’s busy.  I know.  I have put a lot of things on hold in my life while I try to get my country back.

You want to win the world, but if you lose your own country, the country you are living in, the country that used to embrace your Christian values, then I think we are missing something very important.