Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Election of 2012

There is no shortage of media coverage, punditry, horse racing, issue ads, and blogging on the upcoming election. How is one who accepts Christ as King to also exercise one's civic responsibility in choosing our governmental leaders?  The best statement I have seen addressing this is the following by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput: (take it to heart):

 "The way we lead our public lives needs to embody what the Catholic faith teaches -- not what our personalized edition of Christianity feels comfortable with, but the real thing; the full package; what the Church actually holds to be true.  In other words, we need to be Catholics first and political creatures second. 
"The more we transfer our passion for Jesus Christ to some political messiah or party platform, the more bitter we feel toward his Church when she speaks against the idols we set up in our own hearts.  There’s no more damning moment in all of Scripture than John 19:15: “We have no king but Caesar.”  The only king Christians have is Jesus Christ.  The obligation to seek and serve the truth belongs to each of us personally.  The duty to love and help our neighbor belongs to each of us personally.  We can’t ignore or delegate away these personal duties to anyone else or any government agency." Read the whole statement here: