It is increasingly foolish to believe that politics and religion do not mix.
Politics involves morals and the decision on what is right or wrong is involved with many if not all governmental business. The ability to tax is the ability to destroy. The ability to fund is the ability to increase, which explains why welfare programs always need more money – the process of giving out money has a way of increasing the need for more. The same effect can be found in drug programs where programs themselves seem to increase the number of addicts. So how money is spent is a spiritual problem too.
Muslims think it is morally acceptable to kill a woman for wearing lipstick or dating a white American Christian. Muslims also supported incest for the past 1500 years. The fact that this is hidden from the public does not change reality.
ShariaLaw is antithetical to American individualism and basic justice. If they allow the teaching of Islam and not Christianity, they are by default teaching that murdering women and children for frivolous causes is acceptable. No wonder kids don’t know what to believe! They are also teaching that it is acceptable to have one religion taught and not another. Kids pick up inconsistency very quickly.
Abortion is morally wrong; making it legal does not change the morals of any behavior. It is difficult to teach that murder is a sin or a crime if it is being done regularly by the state. That is a moral issue being taught by default. So moral issues are already in the curriculum as a result of political behavior.
Many states covet large profits gained from legalizing marijuana, but forget that there are many more criminal problems caused by the sale as well as social ills which require infusions of even more money. Colorado is now disgusted with its legalization program and in a quandary of how to get rid of it. Once you start down these roads things get dicey. How can you preach or teach about addictions when they are being publicly funded. Another moral issue by default
Churches and ministers have been taught to leave politics alone but Jesus said go into all the world – not just our little church world. They fear loss of members and income. But why not fear instead the loss of the Father’s approval? Doing God’s will has a price – and not doing God’s will has yet another price.
Part of the gospel is accountability for the culture. If schools are bad – and most parents are not all that happy with their children’s education – then the church has a responsibility ti pray for a change in the schools, both of textbooks, which are often wrong, and the teachers who bring their own morals into the classroom. Paying the teachers more does not affect the quality of the education. If there are no restraints on what teachers actually teach, higher salaries simply mean you have more people applying for these jobs.
Children know that adults are frauds – how can you say choosing to have an abortion without a parent’s approval is acceptable, but choosing a public school is not allowed?
Parents say “Don’t join a gang” but when a group of marchers loots and vandalizes some businesses, no one charges them with crimes. Does that mean children believe committing crime is voluntary – you just need to be sure you are not going to get caught. Another moral message.
Society can’t survive without a base of morals on which to rest. Anything else is lawlessness and evertually anarchy. The Church must step in.