Yesterday on Facebook a friend of mine–we met in seminary but neither became a priest–posted a snarky comment by Stephen Colbert about how Americans either had forgotten their Judeo-Christian values or else decided they weren’t going to honor them. It seemed clear to me that this was a critique of conservative social polices. I responded by saying, "He’s talking like the government is a (poor) disciple, but Jesus called us to care for one another.
Granted, we are citizens in a democratic republic and have political responsibilities. I take mine seriously. But I don’t like the suggestion that if I am a believer, I should vote only for people who care for the poor only with money collected from other people!
Is that wrong? (I’m not against a social safety net, but no matter how strong it might be, I am still called to love and help my neighbor, be just in all my dealings, truthful and so on.)
(I was raised Southern Baptist, so I never heard of “social justice.” Now, as a Catholic, I have, but it’s not an area in which I’m well versed.)