Politics

More Political Talk / Views


Every belief that citizens try to express politically is rooted in some philosophy or religion or some set of assumptions about society and its
well-being. They do not come from out of nowhere. Religiously-based convictions about society and morality are as legitimate as those that spring from non-religious philosophies. Hence, Christians, Muslims, or Jews may seek to get laws passed that are rooted in their religious convictions. Such laws are appropriate as long as they have a secular purpose and do not constitute an establishment of religion.

Whether these laws are wise or worthy of enactment must be judged by whether they promote the common good as judged by national values not by the fact that they are or are not rooted in the religious faith of those who support them.

A religious foundation is neither required not forbidden. Neither secular humanism nor religious faith is privileged in this regard. Ideally and in principle, religious believers should not seek to get laws passed on religious grounds but because they express the values of the secular society. These norms and goals are defined by the founding documents and cultural traditions as they have come to be embedded in the common life. For example, if people of faith want to crusade for universal health coverage, e. g., they should argue for the policy not because the Bible or the Pope authorizes it or because God wills it but because it promotes “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and because Congress is constitutionally permitted to spend money to provide for the “general welfare.”

Likewise, religious groups that seek to outlaw racial or gender discrimination should make their case on the claim that it would be good for society as a whole not on the fact that it is authorized by their religious faith.  In practical terms, however, if believers feel that distinguishing between the religious
basis and the political implications of their faith is an intolerable splitting of a unitary set of beliefs, then let them act accordingly. If  people actually
convince other voters to support legislation because the Bible, the Pope, Buddhist teachings, the Koran, or church doctrine mandates it, not much can be done about it except to make an effort to persuade them that there is a better way.

TRUST ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We cannot determine or control the reasons why people vote or support the policies they do or prevent them from convincing others to do the same. In the voting booth citizens are a law unto themselves. They can vote for whatever or whoever they want for any reason that motivates them. It is pointless to demand purity of principle on this matter. Voters act out of prejudice, self-interest, racial identity, ignorance, and for all sorts of other good and bad reasons, including their religious beliefs, philosophical commitments, and a devotion to justice based on American principles. Let us be realists about the matter.

 

Democracy is an untidy, often VERY messy,  matter…..IF you do not believe me… look at AMERCIA! Ugghhhhh……

The people can do what they want restrained only by Constitutional mandates. But it is better when acting politically in the public arena for believers to translate  religiously-based beliefs into the traditions, language, and values of the secular order. This is called for as a matter of principle. It is advisable pragmatically as well, since the tying of policy or voting explicitly to the tenets of a particular
religion, denomination, or sect may repel  large number of voters and hinder rather than further the cause.

I love Politics AND History……………

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Inspiration

Sleeping With An Enemy –


This made me think of Samson and Delilah in the bible… She was admiring his beauty and strength BEFORE she took his power as he slept “powerless”…..

For the record….sleeping with the enemy TO ME just symbolized going to bed with sin in your heart…..your mind…your spirit…your body etc…

I am sure we have all had experiences when we make wrong choices ON PURPOSE!!!!!! Then have the nerve to ask The Lord…our friends….our family and even ourselves- What Happened!! No…I am not talking about ANYTHING sexual…we make wrong choices over tons of things everyday but Samson and Delilah just made an EASY “what NOT” to do scenario!

The choices that we make and the chances that we take can cause us to RISE OR FALL…. Samson’s power was restored by the Lord – and it was a lesson learned!

Helping Self..., Inspiration

A Couple “Hours” To Live….


 In retrospect…..we ALL only merely have “a couple hours” to live. Jesus is soon to come and the ways of the world clearly depicts that. Ours ways are not His ways… Our thoughts are not His thoughts… and certainly… Our time frames are not His. So an year to man could be a second to God…..

Therefore, with several things that has already transpired via scripture and to try and attempt to understand the signs of the times…. We indeed only have and should live as if we only have ” a couple hours ” to live…. No man ( thank God ) knows the day nor the hour, so why not aim, pursue and maintain doing the things that are pleasing to Jesus Christ?

Why not start NOW? Loving thy neighbor

Why not start NOW? Blessing those that curse you

Why not start NOW? STOP putting other Gods before HIM

Why not start NOW? No longer coveting things and individuals that belong to someone else

Why not start NOW? Make it up in your mind to not make yourself or anything else out of an image

Why not start NOW?  No longer using God’s name in vein but only for His glory and not your own

Why not start NOW? To remember the Holy Sabbath and make it a priority in your life

Why not start NOW? Honoring your Mother and your Father so your days will be long upon earth

Why not start NOW? Realizing that murder is not acceptable

Why not start NOW? To stop finding ways to steal no matter how big or small it may be

Why not start NOW? Deciding to no longer taint another marraige because of your lustful behavior

Why not start NOW? To no longer falsely bare witness

Even though the 10 Commandments are from the Old Testament, all of these commandments still apply to everyone in this day and age. No exceptions! I call each of these commands “stone commandments.” The fact that God the Father would manifest 10 specific commandments on a tablet of stone tells me that He is very serious about these specific commandments!

This was one big huge event when it happened in the story of Moses. The fact that God would go this far in manifesting these special 10 commandments on a real live tablet of stone tells me that these commandments should never be taken lightly or for granted.

Most Christians have heard about these 10 commandments while going through grade school and high school and the story as to how they all came about. As a result, I feel that many Christians take these special ten commandments for granted and really do not realize the power and authority that is on these special commandments.

The 10 commandments come to us from Exodus 20:1-17. Like the children of Israel, I am grateful as well when I have heard these words pertaining to ” OTHER SITUATIONS ” in my life and God saying: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

The 10 commandments need no explanation. They mean exactly what they are saying. It’s quite amazing how many of these commandments are being broken on a regular basis, even by Christians themselves.

If you look very closely at each of these commandments, they really do cover a broad spectrum as to what God is expecting from each one of us.

You NEVER know when you will take your last breath, you never know when you will see your son, daugher, brother, sister, mother or father for the last time. Indeed live your life as God is standing in your presence because you never know if you only have “a couple hours” to live….