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.

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Larry Craig

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Why a census needs to ask about citizenship


So a judge has decided that the United States cannot ask on its census whether a person is a United States citizen or not.

What exactly does this judge believe is the purpose of the census? 

For those of you watching at home, the census is used to determine the number of Representatives in Congress that a state has and, consequently, the number of electors in the electoral college.  In modern times, a state’s population is also a factor in how much money a state might receive from the federal government. 

Ultimately the question is: how much should non-citizens affect the policies and programs of our country?

Too many of our political leaders have forgotten that our government exists for the welfare of the American people.  To put the interests of non-citizens over that of citizens or to use them as a means to pushing a political agenda or getting more money from the federal government is malfeasance of the highest order.  Politicians who do that should be reprimanded and removed from office.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Can a government truly be compassionate?


A Tribune column asked the question: Who has more compassion, Democrats or Republicans?

I think the whole premise is wrong.

Compassion is when someone sees a person in need and they voluntarily help to meet that need.  It is not compassion for someone to see a person in need and then take money from someone else without asking and then giving it to that person in need.  That’s politics in its worst form.

Our politicians keep finding more and more things that people are now entitled to and more and more people who are entitled to them that they are bankrupting our country with their ‘generosity.’
 
Don’t call it compassion.  Call it what it is: pandering.

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Democrats' plan to secure the border


The Democrats say they will talk about border security once the government opens up.  Can’t possibly do that now. 

But then they promised Reagan a wall in 1986. 

Congress hasn’t secured the border in 40 years.  Why would anybody think they are going to do it now?  If I were Trump, I would say: show me your plan. 

Why aren’t they working on their plan right now and presenting it to the American people? 

How’s that saying go?  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Biggest Problem with Immigration, and Nobody is Talking About It


It has become hard to discuss immigration in our country today, because if you have any misgivings about anything remotely related to it, everybody thinks it’s about race.  And now that I have noted the elephant in the room, everything I say will be considered to be code for race. 

But I must try.

Very simply, the United States was founded as a unique nation in history.  It was based on an idea.

Over the last several generations, we have added ten of millions of immigrants to our country, but we have not taught them the idea behind our country.  Oh, and we haven’t been teaching our own children either.

So now we have tens of millions of people who vote, run for office, and make laws, who have no idea about the founding principles of our country.

Is that a problem?

It is changing our country as much as if we had been conquered by an enemy nation, but because it has been happening slowly, over generations, even those who see the changes often don’t know how to explain them. 

Our children and all those who have come to our country have different views of what America is all about.  Every generation grows up with a new normal.  And those who come from other countries, we can only guess what they have been taught about our country.

Our country is based on the idea that God gave unalienable rights to human beings.  And, frankly, that is a Christian concept.  Islam does not know of unalienable rights.  And apart from Judaism, no other religion does either. 

The idea that we are a secular nation that views all religions equally is either a lie or a mistake.  And a very costly mistake at that.

Without Christianity, you don’t have unalienable rights.  And without unalienable rights, you don’t have America.  It’s as simple as that.

The result of denying the Christian basis of human rights has been the creating of new human rights, but of a very different kind. 

Unalienable rights are things you can do without government permission, interference, or regulation.  Now rights are things that the government is responsible for giving to you. 

This generally requires a massive government and enormous amounts of money.  As our country shifted from a Christian basis to a secular one, government spending has exploded such that our federal government alone is $22 trillion in debt, and there is almost nothing to cut.  People are no longer responsible for the outcomes of their lives; the government is.

Thomas Jefferson, in that same document that talks about unalienable rights (the Declaration of Independence), said that our government exists to secure our unalienable rights; and if it doesn’t, we should alter or abolish it and make a new one. 

And this is exactly the state we are in today as a nation. 

I want my country back. 


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

How do you do a background check on an illegal immigrant? - a letter sent to the paper


The Democrats think we would all be safer if we had background checks for every person who bought a gun (January 9).

I would like a background check on every person who comes into our country. 

Of course, you can’t do that when you don’t even know who they are. 

Remember the old movies when a criminal was being hunted down and he made a mad dash for the border where he would be safe.  I wonder how many people from Mexico who are being hunted by the law see our border as their safe escape route.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

White evangelical Christians and immigration - a letter sent to a newspaper


The Tribune took great delight in printing an opinion piece and a letter from white evangelical Christians who are in favor of immigrants.  Both pieces missed the bigger point, not seeing the forest for the trees.  No Christian would give their children’s college fund to an immigrant as a matter of course. 

Our country has always been generous to immigrants.
 
But for most of our nation’s history, it was individuals giving voluntarily to people in need.  Now we have people who have a right to be taken care of at the public’s expense.  Helping the poor is no longer voluntarily but compulsory as the government keeps looking for more things that people have a right to and keeps bringing in more people who also have a right to these things. 

This is the main reason our government is so deeply in debt and why cutting government spending has become almost impossible. 

When people can get more on welfare in our country than they can get working in their home country, we can’t keep up with the number of people looking to get some

Our country was built by immigrants before we had government-run welfare. and before everybody had a right to government money. 

Oh, and I too am a white evangelical Christian.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Second American Revolution


If the Founders of our country were alive today, there already would have been a Second American Revolution.  And if the people alive today were alive back then, there never would have been a first one.

The Declaration of Independence was written to explain why the colonies wanted to be independent of England and why they thought it was worth fighting a war to do just that.

Read this excerpt from that document.  But read it slowly.  I’ll wait.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

Our country is based on certain concepts: all people are created equal, and their creator, God, gave them unalienable rights.  Equality means, or at least what they meant by it, is that nobody has a right to be a king, or a ruler.  There is no royal family or royal line.  We would have representatives to represent the people, a Senate to represent the states, an executive to carry out the laws, and courts to mete out justice.

God gave people unalienable rights, rights that precede and supersede government, rights that the government cannot take away, change, or interfere with. 

We establish government for the purpose of securing and protecting those rights.  And if it doesn’t, we are told to change it or get rid of it and make another one.

Our government no longer believes in unalienable rights.  It only knows of rights that the government gives, based on what the people want or what they offer to the people in exchange for their votes to stay in their elected positions.

So why doesn’t the government believe any more in unalienable rights?

It goes back to the court called supreme.  That court said that the government cannot aid religion or favor any particular one of them, something that it had been doing for almost 200 years after our nation’s founding and the almost 200 years that the colonies existed before that.

Unalienable rights come from God.  And not just any god.  Islam doesn’t know of unalienable rights, nor any other religion.  When the Founders spoke of God or our creator, they were talking of the God of the Bible.   That’s why the Bible was a basic part of public education for almost 200 years before, again, the court called supreme found that unconstitutional. 

But how can it be unconstitutional if the very idea of unalienable rights comes from the God of the Bible?  Our very country is based on what our courts call a religious belief.  The Founders called it a fact. 

If our courts cannot favor any religion, then all religions must be considered equal.  That only makes sense if religious beliefs are only opinions with no basis in fact.  They are considered unproveable, so they have no validity outside of their own system.  Religions are then nothing more than people’s opinions or preferences, like their taste in music, books, movies, or food.  You can tell people why you like a certain book or movie, but you can’t tell them they are wrong if they don’t agree with you.

That’s one way you can look at religion, but then there is no such thing as unalienable rights.  You don’t have them, and our country was built on a lie.  You can call a religion simply a belief system with no basis in fact, but to the people who believe in their religion, it is a fact.  It is true.  A religion is a description of all of reality.   And this is why all religions cannot be true.  None of them may be true, but all of them cannot. 

But if none of them is true, then God is unknowable, and talk of God is pointless.  God would have to reveal Himself to humankind for us to know what He is like.  If He hasn’t done it, then we don’t know what He is like.  If He has done it, then only one religion can be true, because they are all fundamentally different in their core.  Not perfect, because we are still dealing with human beings here.  But its teachings in the broad scope would be true.  As you try to answer more and more questions, people end up trying to be certain where the texts are not clear.  But the main teachings are clear.

Some will argue that our rights are natural rights figured out by John Locke and some other philosophers whose works the Founders borrowed from.  But unalienable rights come from a Higher Power, one that the people of the land need to agree on.  You don’t get unalienable rights just because you say you have them. 

Our nation and the United Nations are trying to pass the idea or force the idea of human rights on other nations.  If enough people of a nation insist on a right, and the government doesn’t forcibly forbid it, people get rights.  They are not unalienable, but once they have them, it’s hard to take them away apart from a forceable change in government, like a coup or revolution.

So, our country is based on a particular belief of a particular God of a particular religion.  Without God, you don’t have unalienable rights.  Without the God of the Bible, you don’t have unalienable rights.  Without Christianity, you don’t have unalienable rights. 

I should note here that Judaism and Christianity are inextricably linked.  Christianity would consider itself Judaism 2.0.  There is one basic teaching of the New Testament that Judaism doesn’t accept.  But all the relevant teachings pertaining to unalienable rights and the necessary moral code that goes with them are found there.  Our heritage as a nation is often spoken of as our Judeo-Christian heritage.  But the Bibles used in our public schools always included the New Testament.
For generations now, our government has been insisting that we are a secular nation, where religion is best kept to yourself, and we don’t need or can use it in government. 

So we stopped teaching it to our children.  Then we flooded our country with people from all over the world who have in most cases no idea of unalienable rights, the God of the Bible, the Bible, or Christianity, which is the outworking of the teachings of the Bible.  Which is why for most of our history, we got most of our immigrants from Europe.  They were familiar with Christianity and the Bible.

So over generations, our nation has been shifting from unalienable rights to government-given rights, and the differences are huge.  For one, they usually require enormous amounts of money.  Since this shift has started, our government has almost always spent far more money than it receives in taxes.  The government then just borrows the money, pays interest on it that makes everything it spends money on more expensive, and it prints money to devalue the money we already have to pay the debt back with cheaper dollars. 

Our country is now pretty much at the tipping point.  The number of voters who have no concept of unalienable rights seems to outnumber those who do, but our country is based on uniting states, not just one large mass of people. 

But if those who believe in unalienable rights don’t fight for them, then our country is lost.  We will still be the United States in name, but it won’t be the country our Founders fought a war in order to create.  It would be the same as if we had been overrun by a foreign country and they imposed a new government on us.

But it happened slowly, over generations.  So the changes were accepted as inevitable, small, not serious, necessary, progress, but it set in motion forces that only move in one direction. 

Frankly, we don’t have much time before the country we fought a war to create will be no more.  If you don’t know how it was supposed to be, you won’t see any difference.  But the forces aren’t done moving. 

Government rights seek to do more and more things for more and more people.  And the money isn’t there.  We are already $22 trillion in debt with no end in sight.  Very soon we will be spending a trillion dollars a year just on interest for that debt.  That’s money that is just wasted and that is a drag on the economy as it takes money out of the private sector and people’s pockets. 

Those of us who know the truth have to decide if it’s worth fighting for, because it won’t change without a fight.  And nobody is even talking about it right now.

We are told not to talk about religion and politics.  I think that was made up by the people who want to change our country, because that’s what we always talked about, because that’s what’s most important in life.  Religion has to do with our relationship with God and people.  Politics is about almost everything else.

We need to start talking about this with our friends, family, co-workers, and then the newspapers and all of our elected officials.  There is nothing more important for our country right now, and you can’t just wait for somebody else to do it for you.