If you hang out on liberal websites and attempt, as I do, to communicate with the left-leaning fragment of Americans, you get the idea right away that they don’t want church and state to get all intertwangled. They don’t want me talking about my faith or my daily walk with Jesus. They would rather not have God’s name on their money or their political platform and they CERTAINLY don’t want it in their blogosphere. Interestingly, though, as the election grows nearer, God is getting a lot of play from both sides of the political spectrum.
Last week I became embroiled in a conversation regarding members of the Catholic Church who have prepared and are distributing a voters guide outlining moral principles which are, according to them, non negotiable. On the subjects of abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, cloning and same-sex marriage, the Church allows no wiggle room. These practices are contrary to the teachings of the Church and are, therefore, unacceptable in any candidate. If one votes for a candidate who approves of even one of these immoral activities, he is unworthy of a vote from a faithful Catholic.
I must say I wrestled with the whole thing quite a bit. I know we’re a nation which does not hold one religion above others. That said our laws and our principles are deeply rooted in the one concept which seems to fit nicely into all religions – the Golden Rule. If we as individuals and as a nation do unto others as we would have them do unto us, most problems dematerialize in short order. If we would just follow that single teaching, the world would be a happier place. Does that wish for world peace fit into my civic responsibility to participate in elections? Yep. No doubt.
As Americans and/or believers in a Higher Power we have an obligation to keep our friends and neighbors from falling off moral cliffs if we can. If, for example, that moral cliff involves having a doctor vacuum the brain matter from inside the skull of a living late-term baby because his mama finds his little life to be inconvenient, we are equally guilty of the sin of murder if we facilitate that abortion. There is no way to totally extricate our faith from our daily activities. If you’re able to compartmentalize your faith, you’re doing it wrong.
While it’s true that you cannot legislate morality, you can make deadly, sinful decisions a little more difficult to act upon. Evidence of this comes from all sides this week. Black ministers are speaking out against the Democrat Party, saying that any political party which doesn’t want God’s name in their platform is a wicked party and unworthy of a single vote from the faithful. There are, I understand, push calls asking Catholics how they could possibly vote for a Mormon. There are bloggers like me who would challenge each of you to simply evaluate the candidates from the place within you where your values lie.
I’ll be voting for the candidate Jesus would choose.