This is more for us voters to **examine ourselves, rather than to rationalize our votes away **through abstention like the man who buried his talent …
… or to back the WORSE of two evils because “there’s hardly any difference” - and one can see a bit of personal advantage in backing the “more honestly” evil than the "more duplicitously or accidentally or moderately evil … " even if the latter promises the good (but one suspects they might not be so committed).
The question will be - what is that narrow gate?
Luke 13:23 Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” He answered them,
24 "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.
25 After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’ He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from.’
26 And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’
27 Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where (you) are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
28 And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out.
29 And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.
IMO, yes, some in the GOP do say they are pro-life just to be elected. I have voted for some of these because the opposition was pro-abortion (ALSO 'just to be elected" IMO).
It was the best I could do at the time. I would never have voted for a pro-abortion candidate over a pro-life one - in fear of committing a mortal sin. Let alone justifying it ever after as I see some people do (otherwise “good people” who never can seem to give a good answer for what they do … possibly because there IS none).
For verse 26 try " but Lord, I went to Mass every Sunday and Communion too!" That is to say - the reason this is IN the New Testament is that it has relevance to US. NOT just to the first century Jews who did NOT follow Jesus.
The headline of this thread comes off as a leading question. One that leads one to a “what’s the difference in the end?” sort of a conclusion. THEN (if there is no difference) why can’t a person vote … (fill in the blank) instead.
Well, with our free will we CAN (“Yes, we CAN!”) vote “NOT pro-life”.
But I have posted that scripture as a warning. The warning goes far beyond just our voting to be sure … but I personally would be afraid to vote other than pro-life EVER.
I find it scandalous to hear people justifying it … doubly so when such are leaders in the Church (clergy and otherwise). And that’s why I found Luke 13:23-29 appropriate to post.
In love brothers and sisters, let’s do all we can to get rid of the stink of abortion. Not ending with that, but continuing on to healing of those who stumbled in big and small ways over this sin. Whether it be voting for pro-abortion candidates or parties, giving money to pro-abortion groups, paying for an actual abortion, counseling someone to do it, having it done (either under duress or ignorance or even with full knowledge of the evil) … and even unto the PERFORMING of the abortion for money.
NO SIN is greater than the sacrifice of Jesus on His cross. And I hope these words find
someone in need of the encouragement to have their sins put “as far as the east is to the west …” through the holy sacrament of Penance.
Isaiah 1:18 Come now, let us set things right, says the LORD: Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow; Though they be crimson red, they may become white as wool.
19 If you are willing, and obey, you shall eat the good things of the land;
20 But if you refuse and resist, the sword shall consume you: for the mouth of the LORD has spoken!