This isn't just an issue for this election. It has always been a struggle for many believers to feel forced to choose between caring for the poor (which the Democrats claim to do) and protecting the unborn and the sanctity of marriage (which the Republicans do). But Catholic writer and pastor Charles Pope says that this election the stakes are much higher for the future of the unborn, and the decision on who to vote for should be easy for Catholics.
However, it isn't so easy, which is why Pope writes his strong message, as Life Site News reports. Reminding his fellow Catholics the "Satan is no idiot," Pope says Catholics have been lied to that holding fast to pro-life and pro-traditional marriage values is somehow being too political. "Among the moral issues that have been most politicized are non-negotiable issues for any Catholic: abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and same sex 'marriage,'" writes Pope. "These are non-negotiable issues because there is no room for nuance or degree of support. You are either for them or against them."
Pope encourages faithful Catholics to vote for the political party that most aligns with the most important things to the Catholic Church. "It is a simple fact, beyond the control of the Church, or of any individual and faithful Catholic, that most politicians of a certain party support the right of others to kill pre-born children. This is a heinous crime and cannot be papered over by jargonistic terminology or overlooked by moral equivocations such as “Well, he is right on the other issues.” Would the excuse that “he is right on the other issues” hold if the word abortion were replaced by genocide or slavery? Abortion is not an abstraction. It is a horrifying reality whose death toll has reached over 50 million in this country alone."
In closing, Pope gives this very strong message: "I say to every American, that we must come to our senses and stop peddling death through abortion, euthanasia and embryonic stem cell research. The culture of death must end. Stop redefining sexuality and marriage and all other sins against the family and the body such as fornication, adultery, contraception, and homosexual acts. No candidate for office should be thought fit or deserve our vote who supports such deadly and confused practices. It is also true that we must find ways to welcome the immigrant, ensure economic fairness, and care for our poor more effectively. But in these matters there will be legitimate differences as to how best to accomplish such goals."
To all Catholics I say, be Catholic. Vote as a Catholic with a Catholic moral vision. Advance the Kingdom of God."
Wow! Strong words! And they can certainly be applied to Evangelicals as well. What do you think of Pope's message? Let us hear your thoughts in the Comments! Thank you!