This country has produced two presidential candidates who make it very hard to want to vote in this election. As a well-meaning Christian you may well feel that you shouldn’t vote because the choices are so awful.
But, as the British statesman Edmund Burke famously said: ““All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
We truly are in a position to prevent the triumph of evil.
Do I Have to Vote?
In an election where one of the major candidates is virulently anti-Christian (and specifically anti-Catholic) while the other publicly defends Christian values, surely we cannot refuse to vote because of our personal feelings about the individuals who represent each side?
Here is what Pope Pius XII had to say when Catholics went to the polls in 1948 to vote for or against the Communists in Italy: (from “The Moral Obligation of Voting” written by the Rev. Titus Cranny, S.A, M.A, S.T.L in 1952 as quoted in All Catholics Have a Moral Obligation To Vote Against Hillary Clinton )
“Everyone has to vote according to the dictates of his own conscience. Now it is evident that the voice of conscience imposes on every sincere Catholic the necessity of giving his own vote to those candidates or to those lists of candidates, which offer them truly adequate guarantees for the protection of the rights of God and of souls, for the true good of individuals, of families, and of society, according to the laws of God and the Church’s moral teaching.”
Rev. Cranny writes:
“Thus, Pius XII eloquently points out that it would be a mortal sin for one to abstain from voting under circumstances where a party hostile to the Faith, in this case clearly Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party, wish to gain control of government and harm the Church.”
Remember Christ’s words:
"Anyone who isn't with me opposes me, and anyone who isn't working with me is actually working against me (Matthew 12:30).”
If we don’t vote for Christ we are voting against Him and cannot call ourselves Christians.
Today’s culture is based on how people feel about issues on a given day: we are urged not to ‘hurt people’s feelings’ or ‘show intolerance.’
If someone wants to flout the laws of God we are told to stand by and let them, rather than upset them by pointing out what they are doing is morally wrong and will lead to perdition, instead of happiness as they mistakenly think.
“My child, don't reject the LORD's discipline, and don't be upset when he corrects you (Proverbs 3:11).”
Christ didn’t care about people’s feelings. He cared about their souls and where they were headed when they die. He wanted them to gain everlasting life, not merit the everlasting misery of hell.
“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? (Mark 8:36)”
Progressivism and power are the antithesis of truth and morals. Doing ‘what feels good’ and looking after number one are the very same things the people did in Noah’s time before the floods came. They laughed at the crazy man building the huge boat – that is, until the heavens opened and God poured His wrath on His wayward people.
We can be assured that if this country doesn’t turn back to God, He will turn His back on us.
Most people agree that evil must be stopped.
But the agreement ends when defining what is and what is not evil.
Each year around 35,000 people die in gun violence in this country and there is a huge outcry, as well there should be.
Every year over 1 million babies die in abortions in America, yet this murder of innocent children passes for acceptable behavior.
What is the reason for this selective outrage? Why is it bad for people to be shot to death but O.K. for babies to be butchered to death?
What is the moral difference?
The Right to Choose
A woman may claim to have rights over her own body (even though our bodies were given to us by God, Who is the only Being with any rights over them) but she cannot claim to have rights over another human being.
Just because that human being is growing inside her doesn’t mean that she is morally justified in deciding whether that baby should live or die. God created that baby, and only God has the right to decide.
Why is it considered double homicide if a pregnant woman is murdered with her baby inside her, yet abortion is not considered homicide in this country? Morality aside, where is the logic?
Choosing to murder a baby is still murder. Period.
Remember Christ’s words:
"'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.' (Matthew 25:40)”
Thus, whatever you do for the least of these our brothers and sisters you do TO Jesus.
We are made in the image of God and when we kill babies we are murdering His Son all over again. It’s that simple.
Christians cannot vote for a party which condones abortion at ANY stage of pregnancy.
To make murdering our senior citizens, or those who are terminally ill, acceptable to those of a sensitive nature, the term ‘Mercy Killing’ has been coined for it.
We put our pets ‘to sleep,’ the argument goes, so why not put people ‘to sleep’ when they’re old or in pain? We’re being ‘merciful.’ We’re being 'compassionate.'
That way we can get rid of all those who place financial burdens on our families and society as a whole. Let’s make old and terminally ill people feel selfish if they don’t agree to be killed so we can have their money.
Old age and suffering are part of God’s plan for humanity. It’s up to God to decide whether we live or die, whatever our circumstances on earth, not the government’s.
Telling an old person that he or she is a drain on society and should therefore, in all good conscience, consent to being murdered, is morally reprehensible.
Would you allow a party that sanctioned such behavior to get into power?
Treatment of the Vulnerable
Speaking of the then most vulnerable members of society, Mahatma Ghandi famously said:
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
He cannot possibly have foreseen the moral regression and poverty of spirit of today’s America.
I offer a more modern rendering:
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its unborn babies, sick and old people are treated.”
The Moral Argument
Marriage is between a man and a woman, for the purpose of procreation and forming a family unit which mirrors the Holy Family (and by extension the Holy Trinity). A homosexual relationship is against God’s natural law.
This doesn’t mean that Christians are called to reject gays and lesbians. Not at all. We are to love the sinner but not the sin, for we are all sinners. We are to embrace the person but not his or her immoral acts.
Here's a different example of the this.
Should theft be legalized for people who can’t control their urge to steal?
Are we being hateful when we say it’s wrong for a kleptomaniac to take another’s property?
Are we intolerant if we say that kleptomania is bad? If someone wants to steal your car should you say “Oh, go ahead, that’s fine by me,” rather than (oh, horror!) be intolerant of their behavior?
Of course not, you say. God said ‘thou shalt not steal.’
While we should feel compassion for someone with a compulsive urge to steal, we shouldn’t condone their acts of theft!
The same goes for homosexual acts. Here are some Scripture readings to clarify God’s standing on the issue.
Leviticus 18:22: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."
Leviticus 20:13: "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."
Romans 1:26-27: "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet."
1 Corinthian 6:9: "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind."
God is intolerant of the sin, not the sinner.
We all sin and are called to repentance: gays and lesbians are no more excused from indulging in sin than the rest of us. God has no tolerance for any sin.
Catholic adoptive agencies are being forced to close their doors because they are not allowed to place children in adoptive homes only where there is a natural family unit of married mother and father.
Consider how this is affecting children who badly need foster or adoptive families to take them.
Putting aside the psychological damage to children placed in same sex homes, they are being led astray from God’s law and the chance to lead authentic Christian lives.
Here is what is happening in D.C alone, but is being repeated all over the country:
“In Washington, DC, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington—which has provided support to children and families for over eighty years—had a partnership with the District of Columbia for its foster care and public adoption program. However, in 2010, a law redefining legal marriage to include two people of the same sex took effect in the District. The District then informed Catholic Charities that it would no longer be an eligible foster care and adoption partner. Why? Because, as a Catholic organization, Catholic Charities was committed to placing children with married couples so that each child would have the experience of a mother and a father.” (From Catholics 4 Trump.)
We have a duty to confront this evil in our society.
Don’t waste your vote on a party that won’t get into power. It’s the same as sitting idly and watching evil triumph.
St. Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.” Elsewhere, he exhorts us to: “Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers (Ephesians 6:18).”
Say your rosary, ask our Blessed Mother to intercede for us with her Son and stop the rising Godlessness in this country.
“The face of the LORD is against evildoers,
To cut off the memory of them from the earth.
The righteous cry, and the LORD hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles
Be bold and count among the righteous in blocking the power of the evildoers.
“O LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear
“To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed,
So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror
Be humble that your prayer may pierce the cloud of God’s anger against the hedonism of this country.
And vote for Christ!
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