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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Religion and Government – their impact on our salvation. I wrote this about two and a half years ago. It’s amazing how much things have changed in that short time. It look at different forms of government, with different combinations of intertwining between government and religion.
But now, here in the U.S., it’s getting really hard to tell which one we are anymore. Less and less a democracy – and more and more a weird kind of theocracy / dictatorship combination. It’s scary. Not just for what its doing to our country, but also to our salvation. Especially those who are pushing and supporting the strange and unBiblical alliances being set up here.
Government-endorsed religion is an issue. Clearly it is up to us to do our part. Maybe that part is to find out the truth – to come out from under the influence of government-endorsed religion. Maybe that part is to tell the truth about government-endorsed religion, so that others won’t fall prey to it.
China bombs megachurch in drive to silence Christianity: “With 20 centuries of church history behind us, we can now assure the communist authorities in China that if they thought they could extinguish the Gospel of Jesus Christ by blowing up a building, they’ve deluded themselves,”
Separation of church and state is well known – but separation of church and children? I recently heard about how China was targeting children going to Christian schools. Given that there’s an entire Article in the new religious regulations about schools, thought I missed something in the new law. But I didn’t.
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.
Such a time as this.
A time when “meant for people like her” still means a black person isn’t welcome in any given church she wants to attend.
A time when someone doesn’t go to church because they don’t feel welcome.
A time when Satan wins because too many Christians follow his lies instead of God’s truth.