There was a very interesting article that was released over the weekend by Pew Research entitled, “8 Facts About Catholics and Politics in the U.S.”
Now first – Pew Research is not some “pew”-as-in-church-“pew” religious organization. No, it is Pew, as in the “nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world.” (Their words.) In other words, it is legit.
And this article was fascinating. Much of it was as to be expected, but some of it, was actually quite eye opening.
This article came on my radar when I was listening to a faith-based podcast called “The Word on Fire Show” with Bishop Robert Barron. (I know – I am such a nerd.) But Bishop Barron was breaking down the article, and I was so intrigued, that I had to go and check out what secular society says about catholicism and politics, myself.
And I want to focus on two of these “8 Facts” tonight, because they go hand in hand, and they were particularly startling.
Even though – going into the article, my expectations were grim, because as a society, we’ve left God behind. And the number of proclaimed Catholics have dwindled so severely, and the majority…like Biden, (who has been refused communion because of his stance of abortion)…are “culturally” Catholic…aka: Catholic in name only.
But here they are: “When it comes to specific policy issues, Catholics are often more aligned with their political party than with the teaching of the church.“
And, basically same-same-but-different: “Catholics view religious organizations as forces for good in society, but a clear majority say churches and other religious organizations should keep out of politics.“
Which just goes to show, that as a society, we are worshiping politics. You can see it playing out in how the news is covered and portrayed; in how people post about their political beliefs on social media; in how the country has exploded in protests; in how fiercely divisive we’ve become: politics has become a religion…for people on both sides of the aisle.
But the thing that is so sad to me, is how what *should* be informing our political positions, has been absolutely thrown out — by even those who consider themselves faithful people.
The fact is: the position one takes politically should be dictated by their religious beliefs. Or spoken secularly: by their personal moral code.
A person should look at the issues, decided what they believe is morally right on the issues, and vote accordingly.
And what is the driving force behind morality? The Word of God. Jesus. His teachings. His church.
It makes me overwhelmingly sad to see that even those proclaimed Catholics — religious morality is not being taken into account in the voting booth. It is such a shame.
If we don’t vote with our hearts and ballots aligned with God’s teachings, why even vote??
Honestly. If we’re not voting to stand up for what is morally right in God’s eyes, then we should literally just shrug as we watch the world burn in flames before us, as society goes to hell in a handbasket – literally. (OK, figuatively.)
Churches keep out of politics?? Yes they must stay out directly, but I want a pastor to get up at the pulpit on Sunday and bring the truth about where God stands on issues: like abortion. Like serving the poor. Like the death penalty. Like euthanasia. Like social justice. Like environmental protection. Then let people decide who to vote for.
Allow me to not mince words here: churches should absolutely be informing their congregations about the importance of their vote — and what the catholic position is on these issues.
And it’s tough. Because there are aspects of these issues that are morally right on both sides. But there are certain issues that rise to the top of the priority list, and I applaud any pastor to voice those views, even if it is unpopular.
Pastors — standing In Persona Christi — need to inform their sheep of what is at stake in this election.
Simply saying to “get out there and vote!” is simply not good enough anymore.
What we should really be saying is, “Get out there and vote in alignment with your moral standards.” Or how about: “Vote according to God’s teachings.”
WWJD? What Would Jesus Do? How about HWJV? How Would Jesus Vote?
That’s what I hope we start praying about today, in preparation for election day.
Because it’s time we stop listening to what our political parties say is “dogma,” and rather, listening to God’s “dogma.”
And spoiler alert: they don’t exactly match up.
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