Be Informed & Vote 

  
Well, it’s election time again. If you’re like me, you’re worn out from the campaign ads and primaries and debates, and all the drama. But we should also remember to be incredibly grateful for the opportunity to participate in the election process. And (dare I say it?) proud to be an American, a citizen of the greatest republic in the world. For all the things we might dislike about the election process, we are blessed to be able to freely vote for the candidates of our choosing. So many have fought and died to give us this right and to protect this freedom for millions of others around the world.  

When we consider the candidates and platforms, we need to be informed about each person’s positions and opinions. Good citizens should be able to explain their choice and not just vote by party or emotion. Furthermore, Christians are called to vote with an informed conscience. After all, we’re meant to be bearers of the Light in a dark and hostile world. In other words, we should take our voting clues from the Gospel, not the media, or the pollsters. There are so many important issues, foreign and domestic, that we have to consider. Some are critical; others, not so much. 

Catholics teach and believe that there are some issues which are of ultimate importance when we enter the voting booth. These are sometimes called “the non-negotiables” meaning that it would be immoral for any Catholic to vote for a candidate who supports one of these positions. It’s not that cut and dried, of course. For example, someone running for a position on the local tax board who also supports abortion could still be a moral voting choice because local tax boards don’t usually make any decisions regarding abortion. But these five issues become more and more critical the “higher-up” you go in government. They are extremely important in the office of the President, of course. Here are the foundational issues which must inform our votes:

1) Abortion. Life is a gift of the Creator and all other rights are dependent on it. When we actively support candidates who vote to fund and uphold abortion, we bear the moral consequences of that action. If we believe that God truly formed us in our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5) then we must vote for candidates who oppose abortion.

2) Euthanasia. It follows then that the gift of life is precious and we must do all that we can to protect the lives of the most vulnerable among us. This includes the unborn, the sick, the elderly, and those nearing death. Just as God chose our birthdays, it is up to Him to call us home to Himself. We must vote to protect all life from conception until natural death.

3) Embryonic Stem Cell Research. This is a medical procedure which uses fertilized human eggs (babies) to conduct medical research. Any good which this might accomplish is negated because embryos are created and destroyed in the process. Adult stem cell research, on the other hand, doesn’t destroy life and has produced many promising medical treatments.  

4) Human Cloning. This is the attempt to manipulate human embryos to produce genetic copies. Fertilized embryos would be created and destroyed in the process.  

5) Same-sex “marriage.” Despite its legality, Catholics reject any notion of marriage which is not a sacramental union of one man and one woman. Gay “marriage” contradicts God’s plan for marriage as outlined in Holy Scripture and reflected in Christ’s relationship with His Church.  

So. Do your homework and know where your candidates stand on these vital issues. And vote. It’s a precious gift. Lastly, trust in God to see our country through these next four years.  

“In this world, you will have trouble. But take courage; I have conquered the world.”

      —–John 16:33

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. SR
    Oct 09, 2016 @ 23:02:50

    This is one of the hardest years I have ever had to vote. I wish one of my dogs were running and I would vote for them. 🙂 It is hard when there are so many issues which go against God with both candidates. It is like you have to pick the “lesser of the two evils.” God Bless, SR

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    • tiberjudy
      Oct 09, 2016 @ 23:04:38

      Oh yes. I know exactly what you mean. There is no good choice. Even a third party vote seems like it would be thrown away at this point. God alone, my friend, God alone. Bless you!

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