Religion and Politics?

To achieve marked success in any field of endeavor requires certain inherent physical and mental qualities. The fundamentals requisite to a particular field vary like the fields themselves, and likewise for people regarding their endowments. Proportionately, within any synthesis of people, only a few possess tendencies that lend themselves to success in any field. That any person may apply, garner acceptance, and subsequently thrive in any area of choice is false. People possess unique gifts and thus perform better at certain things than others, naturally. Certain people need not apply to certain institutions owing to this immutable law of nature.

One may endeavor to increase one’s intellectual and or bodily capacities by careful study and routine physical exercise in order to grasp the mechanics of any endeavor. However, the intangibles will remain elusive to those attempting to reach outside of oneself. Bereft of intrinsic factors, eventually one will reach their basic maximum to go no further. People endowed with the core qualities will surpass others and abound.

Of course, there are exceptions to the absolute regulation, and they are religion and politics {noteworthy is that their shared aims pertain to governance}. However, these exceptions owe their existence to the fallible minds of all human creatures. The exception is simply an artifact. Ask anybody about religion and they will affect as if they were present when life began. Query somebody about politics and they will assume a posture showing possession of all truth and knowledge within that realm.

When people come up against either religion or politics, they impulsively evacuate the unalterable law in favor of opinion. This act is arbitrary, dishonest and militates against the facts. The reasons for this eccentric display of human behavior are naissance of fear and manifest in prejudice and reeks of conceit.

For clarity, we need first acquaint ourselves with plain definitions regarding terms consequential to our matter.

Religion:

the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods:

a particular system of faith and worship:

a pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance:

Politics:

the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power:

the activities of governments concerning the political relations between countries:

the academic study of government and the state:

Worship:

the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity:

adoration or devotion comparable to religious homage, shown toward a person or principle:

honor given to someone in recognition of their merit.

used in addressing or referring to an important or high-ranking person, especially a magistrate or mayor:

treat (someone or something) with the reverence and adoration appropriate to a deity:

Federalism, {Democracy, if you prefer} is a political system that by definition takes on aspects of religion and worship. Faith is also allegiance. We are all familiar with the enduring U.S. ‘pledge of allegiance,’ written by a minister in 1892 that became de rigueur in classrooms across the United States.

Worship is exaltation. The U.S. president bathes in the aura of the most powerful man in the free world. The Unite States is aglow in military strength and wealth.

By the same principle, we may put that religion qualifies as politics.

Theocracy:

a system of government in which priests rule in the name of God or a god:

Vatican City, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Iran, Mauritania, Afghanistan make up modern theocratic societies. Egypt, Japan, Israel, Tibet, and China were all once theocracies.

Politics and religion as one, as has been the case over millennia. Those in theocratic societies are to the fore about their religion, which takes after politics. However, people in societies governed by principles of a monarchy, democracy, socialism, communism linger in denial about their politics, which smacks of religion.

Everybody has been, is, and will be religious, naturally. Not everybody has been, is, or will be Christian.

Christianity is not the activity associated with the governance of a country or other area hoping to achieve power. Once more, Christianity pertains not to activities of governments concerning relations between countries. Should anyone profess to be Christian and yet resemble any of the points stated in the definition of ‘politics’ above, that person is off beam à propos their doctrine of faith. Should anybody solely take after the points listed that define religion, that person is wide of the mark of genuine Christian faith.

Christianity is the proclamation of Jesus Christ and everything about Him {of which there is no mention in the definition of religion}. Christianity transcends human intellect and all human endeavor. One does not attain to the glory of Jesus Christ by mere ascent to Christian doctrine, or any individual pursuit. Christianity is revelation. The Jesus Christ must stoop down; this is the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. Unutterable folly for finite creatures to believe they can raise themselves up to infinity.

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