The Lost Debate
Politics and Religion… Lost Subjects in America by Ask Marion offers an interesting theory as to why politics and religion are lost subjects in America. Admittedly, it’s a conspiracy theory, but the conspiracy is not particularly well hidden.
Is there a conspiracy? Well, at one time there probably wasn’t one, but there is certainly one now. There is lots of money to be had at the Big Government feeding trough. I just doubt the “conspiracy” is especially well organized or even all that intentional, but how would we know?
Often, when people do wrong, they hide their motives even from themselves. So we can only guess what their motives might be. So make of Marion’s observations what you will, the elites of this country do most certainly seek to manipulate the rest of us.
Politics, religion… politicians (the ruling’ elite) and God are the entities and concepts that in one way or another affect everything in everyone’s lives. Yet in America, where the common man was actually able to take part in the decisions, laws and activities concerning politics and religion in their lives, a large percentage of ‘the average man of the 21st century’ neither knows nor cares little about either.
The “no talk of politics and religion” that has creped into all sectors of American life is bad and is very much part of of what has brought us to this point in our history. The Founding Fathers of America certainly discussed politics and religion wherever they went and encouraged their children to be part of the debate. (continued here)
Silliness Over Substance
Study American history, and it quickly becomes obvious that Americans once discussed politics and religion with gusto. Even now it is not hard for Americans to impress foreigners with the liveliness of our debate (see Why Britain is poorer than any US state, other than Mississippi). Yet only those who still know enough to care actually debate much of substance anymore. As a people, we certainly don’t discuss whether our political beliefs conform with our religious beliefs. Just check the headlines on popular web portals.
There is so much silliness mixed in with the stuff that actually might affect us it is ludicrous. How much coverage do we need of black thug being killed by a policeman, a cop killer hunting cops, NFL players socking their girl friends or punishing their children, the deaths of entertainers, juicy murder trials, renaming the Redskins, and so forth?
Consider just a few of the inane things our politicians have debated here of late. Think about the fact that each of these involve serious religious issues.
- Trillion dollar deficits. How large does our national debt have to get before enough is enough? Of course, the Bible strongly discourages borrowing. When a nation assumes a great debt for no good reason, that indicates moral issues.
- Same-sex marriage. Why should we take the “marriage” of two people of the same sex seriously? For reasons that should be obvious, all the world’s major religions define marriage as the lifelong bond between a man and a woman.
- Nationalizing our healthcare. Why would we want to give politicians power over our healthcare? The Bible teaches that men should not be trusted with great power for essentially frivolous reasons.
- Nationalizing education standards. Why would we want to trust politicians, people nobody trusts, with the education of our children? The Bible makes parents, not politicians, responsible for the instruction of their children.
- ISIS is not an Islamic organization? President Obama told us ISIS is not an Islamic organization. Nonetheless, the Muslims in ISIS are behaving like Muslims. They are just not by anyone’s definition peaceful Muslims, but the Koran does not require Muslims to be peaceful. Mohammed spread Islam as a conquering warrior.
Unfortunately, with each succeeding generation, as a people we have had less success passing Christian beliefs onto the next. Therefore, even though the Bible is still a bestseller, in too many homes the Bible has become a table ornament, not a book that deserves careful and devoted study. As consequence, the values Americans once cherished, the respect we showed for each others God-given rights, have no moral foundation upon which they can now rest. Thus, our debates have steadily grown more silly, and we take serious ideas previous generations would have immediately recognized as daft.
What Is The Cause Of This Problem?
Why don’t we discuss politics and religion? Well, it seems the problem is we don’t want to be perceived as having a bias. Some people, perhaps those sneaky conspirators, have us convinced that anyone with a bias is BIGOTED, not objective or neutral.
Supposedly, biased people cannot think reasonably, and they say mean things that offend those who disagree with them, and that’s just not nice. And how do we decide whose opinions are biased? That’s the purpose of political correctness. Any time we say something the offends some sort of “victim group” that is politically incorrect.
What is a “victim group”? Anyone who can convince the corporate own news media that they are a victim group is a victim group.
Since being called a BIGOT by the corporation owned news media can lead to a horrible pile on (Don’t we like to elevate ourselves at the expense of others?), public figures do all they can to avoid being called a BIGOT. And what is the best way to avoid being perceived as politically incorrect BIGOT? One way is to avoid mixing religion with politics.
And what about the rest of us, us not so public figures? Don’t we imitate the talking heads and the folks covered by the corporate mass media? And don’t our institutions, our schools, government agencies, and corporations adopt the standards set by the talking heads and the folks covered by the corporation owned news media? And so in the name of political correctness, we have shut up too.
Why do the politically correct disdain the discussion of religion in particular? What we believe about God drives how we treat each other. If we believe God wants us to live by and spread His Word, then we are obliged to live by and politely spread His Word, even if our beliefs offend others. Because Christianity requires Christians to live by and spread God’s Word, the politically correct find Christianity especially offensive. These don’t want to be reminded that it is morally incorrect to worship their idols: sex, stuff, sex, and self.
What is Multiculturalism?
Where does this quest to avoid being politically incorrect lead? The most politically correct acquire a resolute determination to believe nothing can be proved about religion, especially Christianity. In fact, these politically correct souls would have us believe that all religions are equally good (or equally bad).
What do the politically correct call this philosophy that allows them to be so perfectly objective or neutral? They call it Multiculturalism.
Does Multiculturalism make any sense? What makes a resolute determination to believe nothing can be proved a worthwhile demonstration of objectivity or neutrality? When the adherents of each of the major religions believe that only those who practice their religion worship God appropriately, how can it make sense to believe all religions are equally good (or equally bad). When all of them cannot be right, what use is such objectivity or neutrality?
Isn’t objectivity or neutrality of this sort actually an illusion? Aren’t we only unbiased about things we do not care about? If we do not care about a complex subject, of what use is our opinion? After all, why would we waste our time studying something we don’t even care about?
Is it appropriate to listen to those who favor a particular option with respect to religion? Yes. Should we seek the opinions of “experts” with differing points of view? Yes. To find the truth, we must seek the truth where it is, not where we would like it to be. Yet even though the people of different religions believe starkly different things, Multiculturalists would have us believe all religions are equally good (or equally bad). Some Multiculturalist would even have us believe that all religions are essentially the same. Since Multiculturalism teaches such obvious untruths, it makes no sense to take such an ideology seriously, but Multiculturalism is what passes for religious instruction in our public schools.
If Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and so forth want to explain publicly why they vote the way they do, why wouldn’t that be healthier than keeping the reason why they vote as they do a secret? Why do we have to keep our religious belief in a closet marked PRIVATE? Why do we have to keep those bigoted, closed-minded Multiculturalists happy?
Is Religion Beyond Logical Proof?
In general, we have been taught that our religious beliefs are beyond logical proof, and there is some good reasoning behind that belief. Because God is beyond our understanding, we don’t know how to define God in such a way that we could scientifically prove we have detected Him. Unless God wanted to be found for a “scientific” study, we would not even know where to begin.
Can we logically prove God exists? Peter Kreeft, Ph.D, discusses that subject here, Can You Prove God Exists? And there are other websites that do the same thing. Kreeft makes the case that it is possible to logically prove God exists. So while it may not be possible to scientifically proof God exists, logical proof is possible. Nevertheless, there is no immediate penalty for denying that the logical proof of God’s existence is sufficient. Thus, since we have been taught by people with a certain bias against bringing God into the classroom or any other public place, these have taught us to set aside the existence of God as unsolvable problem.
Besides philosophical logic, what else might constitute proof God exists? Why shouldn’t we believe what the Bible claims for itself? Aren’t there many things we know to be true that we cannot prove either either scientifically and have difficulty explaining logically?
Consider these proofs.
- Without the inspiration of God, men would not have written the Bible. No other book is like it. The Bible doesn’t flatter us; the Bible holds up a mirror and shows us as we are. The Bible also gives us hope; it explains how God redeemed us from sin. There are about 40 authors, and these tell a coherent story in a book whose writings span 1500 hundred years. Moreover, in spite of the violence and travails of human history, believers have preserved the Bible virtually unchanged for thousands of years. Again I ask, other book is like that?
- Without the God of Israel, the history of the Jews makes no sense. After all that has been done to destroy them, after all they have suffered, the Jews still exist as a nation. No other people has a story so strange and remarkable, not even close.
- Without Christ Jesus — without the man who was also the Son of God — the formation of Christianity makes no sense. After His crucifixion, hundreds saw Him — alive. Rather than deny Christ, many accepted death. That includes all but one of His apostles. Only John died of old age. Why? What for? These people had nothing material to gain. In court the testimony of a dying man holds great weight? What is the testimony of a Christian martyr? Is it not the testimony of someone who knows his death, lies just before him?
- Christianity makes a difference. As a way of life, loving God and ones neighbors cannot be beat. That’s why 2000 years after the birth of Christ men and women still speak of being born again. Each Christian knows that when they were born again, that birth was real and substantial, not a delusion.
So What Is The Point?
If there is a Creator God, and that God is what Christians call the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, then we are the children of that God. We have a duty to love Him and to obey His commandments. As citizens of a republic, we also have the duty to ensure that republic protects the God-given rights of our family, friends, and fellow citizens.
Read the Declaration of Independence. That is the founding document of this nation. This document is why we celebrate Independence Day. Then contemplate the obvious. If the founding document of this nation speaks of God-given rights, who has the right to force us to confine our religious beliefs in a closet? Do we owe man, even our government, more than we owe God?