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As I sit here beginning to write this post, I wonder how many people will actually read it. Of course, ‘politics’ is a big subject that seems to be expanding by the moment. But, do politics belong in the Church?
My mind immediately goes to Father James Altman, who in recent weeks released a video that called out all Christians. He asked them to consider what is truly at stake and to vote for life and take a stand against abortion and the lies we are being told.
(You can see Father Altman’s video here)
It wasn’t long before he got some real kickback from Catholics, Christians, and non-Christians alike.
With this turmoil, the true focus of this thought-provoking video was quickly redirected. The words of this outspoken priest, who spoke the truth, were not the main topic of conversation anymore.
Instead, people were wondering why his Bishop asked him to stop putting his talks on YouTube.
All attention was turned to why he was asked to stop publishing his talks. Even if we believe that his talk was powerful and right, and silencing him is wrong, we cannot be distracted from what his video contained. Distraction is what the devil uses to paralyze us and snuff out spiritual progress.
It has been shared and viewed 854,737 times. The message is out and we who have watched it are sure of what that message is. Father Altman has handed on the baton of truth and we are to run with it.
We Need To Share Truth
In today’s climate, as voters and among those who affiliate themselves with Christianity, we are being pulled and bombarded from, it seems, every direction.
As Christians, we are of course expected to hold up the Sanctity of life. Meaning to preserve and protect life from conception to natural death.
I do know, however, that many people that attend church or who consider themselves to be Catholic and Christian seem to be oblivious as to what this means in today’s culture or in the face of the upcoming presidential election.
Seriously, Do Politics Belong In The Church?
But, the question I’m asking is – should our Pastors, Shepherds, ministry leaders, and laity alike bravely step up and guide us in this storm we are in?
Should we all be standing up to the ‘powers that be’ and taking a stand for Truth? Speaking boldly and pointing all souls in the proper direction? ( Which, of course, would be heaven…)
I believe the answer is a resounding YES! We all need to be speaking the truth! Not ‘party-affiliated truth’ but the Truth of Morality.
Morality is Truth
A shepherd is supposed to guide, & protect. To go out and find sheep that have wandered in the wrong direction or maybe have been led astray by blatant lies or a charismatic wolf in sheep’s clothing.
But, us too! The men and women who make up the Church, volunteer, and sit in the pews need to be able to know and speak the Truth in love also.
Politics belong in the Church as far as the Church has a moral obligation to direct those sheep who are, even in the slightest degree, listening to Her.
We don’t even have to say which party or candidate to vote for. We just have to lay out the facts. The fundamental fact is that we as Christians absolutely cannot vote for anyone who stands with abortion. Even if that candidate claims to be Catholic or Christian.
16 By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?Matthew 7:16
We have been told in Sacred Scripture we will know them by their fruits. It doesn’t take very long to see which fruit is plump and ripening…the fruits of life and death are pretty easy to identify.
Some, though, refuse to look for the facts themselves and need their own religious leader or spiritual community to make the subject and fundamental deciding factor of their vote very clear.
If the faithful cannot look to those who are supposed to be concerned with their eternal soul, who then? What voice should they pay attention to?
We will have to give an account…
And when we face our Lord at the gates of heaven, how can we that remained silent, answer that we said nothing about the millions of murdered babies because we were too afraid of what may happen to us or our reputation?
We can talk to family, friends, and listen to Priests and pastors online to get some direction – that is a start. But, when it comes to moral authority, I think it is extremely important to have our own shepherds and community we intimately know guide and speak to us, teaching us in Holy Wisdom without duplicity.
I understand that when someone does speak out they may be rebuked, reprimanded, condemned, and/or even silenced. That is, unfortunately, almost always the case. But, it can’t be used as an excuse…
Just think of our Lord – He was silenced to death…
How Do We Vote?
My humble attempt to just lay out the facts we need to consider before we place our vote.
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