Religion and government – very much like religion and politics – are strange bedfellows, as the saying goes. Both will be considered in this series. I think politics tends to be more extreme, because politicians will say what they think people want to hear.
With the U.S., like many countries, being so polarized these days, those extremes are what gets people excited enough to vote. That’s assuming, of course, that you even get to vote. Further, it assumes that any given vote actually gets counted or matters.
In places like China, Nepal, Muslim Theocracies, Etc., there’s really no difference between government and politics. After all, there’s only one party. The one in power. Nothing and no one else even matters. No matter how much these countries like to talk about freedom of religion – there really isn’t any. We’ll take a detailed look at China in particular, where religions are forced to redefine themselves. They have to fit into government approved rules and regulations. Failure to do so means they will be banned. However, doing so fundamentally changes the religion to the point where it no longer has any real meaning.
In places like the U.S., where people actually think we have freedom of religion, it’s becoming more and more freedom from religion. And the things that separate religious people from secular people are more and more frowned on or becoming outright illegal. On top of that, too many religious people want to turn the country into a theocracy of sorts. They want the government to legislate morality to fit their definition. In the case of Christianity, that’s not what the Bible teaches at all. So we have this religious – government battles going on.
All these things and more will be part of this series.
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In Nepal it’s now illegal to begin a discussion of one’s own religion and very likely that someone could be in violation simply by answering a question. … Of course, this begs the question for everyone – if we don’t have it already, when will this kind of thing be coming to our neighborhood?
The title may sound familiar – so that no one could vote unless he had the mark – and yet also sound not quite right. Rev 13:17 so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. Because it’s real. It’s happening.