This week Letitia both informs and reminds us of our political responsibility as Catholics.
Don’t Give In To The Pandering: Being a Catholic in the Public Square
(Pander: to gratify or indulge an immoral or distasteful desire, need, or habit)
Who is not tired and disgusted with the reckless politics of today? As if the robo calls that repeatedly interrupt our family dinners and phone calls asking for our precious time to answer short polls isn’t enough, we are bombarded with an abundance of political propaganda in our mailboxes. The most unsightly pictures of candidates with captions that slander them and then ask us to vote for their adversaries. The most obnoxious has to be the commercials that appear on tv along with the occasional debate and the relentless tv interviews. While they do help us, to some degree, to define the candidate’s personal values and principles, for the most part they take the opportunity to pander to our passions.
Because our society of today is in such a pitiable state for lack of virtue, we embrace the vices of wealth, power, and politically correct equality that candidates so pleasantly and derisively spew from their mouths. We forget all our Christian values and principles when we hear the sweet promises of happiness spoken with such eloquence. It’s a snare we can easily fall into if we abandon God in our political processes. We cannot believe the lie that our faith has no place in politics. If we become blind to the pandering to our human weaknesses and vices our families, our country and our world will suffer for it.
Recently, the son of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Father Paul Scalia in his homily at his father’s funeral Mass, said this of his father’s faith and service to our country. “God blessed dad, as is well known, with a love for his country. He knew well what a close-run thing the founding of our nation was. And he saw in that founding as did the founders themselves, a blessing, a blessing quickly lost when faith is banned from the public square, or when we refuse to bring it there. So he understood that there is no conflict between loving God and loving one’s country, between one’s faith and one’s public service. Dad understood that the deeper he went in his Catholic faith, the better a citizen and public servant he became.” Father Scalia’s beautiful words of his father’s faith in the public square are wisdom that we should courageously embrace ourselves.
In order to become better citizens, we have to begin with a deepening of our faith through education in the Scriptures as well as learning and studying the principles of our Catholic faith. As far as this fast approaching presidential election is concerned, we can begin by learning the Five non-Negotiables of our faith. If you don’t know them, seek to learn what they are. Along with learning the Five Non-Negotiables, learn How To Vote and How Not To Vote in the Voters Guide for Serious Catholics. This is a quick way to jumpstart your knowledge on voting with an informed conscious.
While it may be easy to slide into indifference on the moral issues that are most important to the well- being of our families and our country, we must be diligent in our desire to become the best citizens we can be when we, out of duty to our country, cast our votes. One person can change the world. Your vote Matters! We cannot fall into the temptation to not vote because we are tired of all the pandering to our human weaknesses and passions. We cannot give in to the alluring speech of those who lack a faith in God and His guiding principles. I truly believe that a deepening in our faith and studying the Five Non-Negotiables will make a certain candidate stand out among the crowd of candidates. We have to vote with the eyes of faith and not based on whose words pander most to our human desires. Who would I vote for? The candidate who said, “I’d Rather Lose an Election Than be Wrong on Life”. You will have to make your decision as well.
You can download the Voter’s Guide For Serious Catholics Guide by following this link.
Click here to purchase “Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living Our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life“ by Charles J. Chaput
Click here to read more about the Five Non-Negotiables of the Catholic faith.