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Reflecting on this recent election cycle, it is apparent to me that the Catholic positions on life issues are widely ignored and even despised. It appears to be political suicide to suggest that all unborn children regardless how they were conceived ought to have the right to be born. This is extremely sad.
Many Christians over the years have compromised their pro-life position by accepting an "exception for rape and incest" candidate because the other candidate was in favor of abortion to a much more radical degree.
Fast forward to this election and Church-going Christians have allowed themselves to accept a candidate that doesn't even believe Jesus is God. Think about this and let it sink in for a moment: Christian church-going people compromised for a candidate that openly professes to practice a faith that teaches that Jesus is not God.
My question is this: Come next election cycle, what are Christians willing to compromise next time around?
I see a very dangerous trend and each time we go to the ballot box we are compromising a little more each time and eventually we will be compromising so much of what was unthinkable just a few years previously.
I don't think it has to do with trending morality as much as it has to do with being played by the system.
American Christianity (Protestant and Catholic) has been on the decline since the mid-1960s and is continuing to suffer. Christians won a big battle with the Civil Rights movement and thought they could continue to leverage politics to win religious victories. Unfortunately the subsequent battles split us into two factions: ultra-left (mainstream protestantism and black churches) and ultra-right (Evangelical). Catholics got stuck somewhere in the middle all confused since neither left or right is within true Catholic moral teachings. Now the politicians use US to win elections instead of US using politicians to win moral victories. It's an example of the needle using the man (if I may steal from Megadeth.. muahaha!).
The other issue we face as a nation (and Christians) is wedge issues. As an example (not picking a fight) there are folks that are so fundamentally pro-Life that by their logic voting for the lesser of two evils (such as aforementioned Mormon candidate) is better than not voting at all. Just view how many accusations fly against each other in the political threads about "A vote for Virgil Goode is a vote for pro-abortionists", even though Virgil Goode has a 100% pro-life voting record.
Politicians use wedge issues to keep the political divide between Christians open and it simplifies things. All politicians can now pretty accurately pin where their constituents in the Christian community stand and will pander to them appropriately for personal gain.
Until we all recognize this problem and refuse to be pandered to we will continue to be the pawns in American Politics and hypocrites for appearing to compromise our values.