Even though this LOOKS like a political post, it isn’t. It’s a question about the differences between evangelical Protestants and Catholics. Thank you for reading the entire post and not just assuming that this is about politics and therefore, inappropriate for this section of the board.
Sorry for this gloomy topic. Have a nice day anyway.
First, right up front, I am a convert to Catholicism after 47 years of active evangelical Protestantism. My husband and I attended some of the top evangelical Protestant churches and sat under some of the best-known evangelical pastors and teachers in the U.S. We were extremely involved in our churches, and were in church or at a church activity 5/6 evenings/days per week.
We converted to Catholicism because we believe, from the Bible and from history, that the Catholic Church was given all authority by Jesus Christ Himself, and is HIS true Church.
Like many Christians, I was discouraged by the election last week.
For me, the sticking point is abortion. I feel that if a President (and other elected officials) don’t respect the basic right to life, they cannot possibly have a proper perspective on all the other issues–they will be “warped” in their thinking. The recent “HHS Mandate” against religious freedom is an example of the “warped thinking” that comes from a pro-choice mindset.
To put it bluntly, I believe that abortion is pure evil, and that as long as the U.S. keeps it legal, we are bringing God’s curses down upon our nation. God have mercy on us. We are on the brink of losing our freedom of religion, the first right given to us in the U.S. Constitution, because of the policies of our President and his cronies. And how many more people world-wide will suffer and die from abortion now that the President has been re-elected and he considers this a “mandate” for all of his pro-abortion policies? God help us.
According to the NBC exit polls, 80% of evangelical Protestants voted against Pres. Obama’s re-election by voting for Gov. Romney, while only 50% of Catholics voted against the President’s re-election and voted for Gov. Romney.
Considering that the evangelical Protestants come from hundreds of different denominations, including many non-denominational and home churches, and have NO one leader and NO organization that has authority over them and NO unity other than the Five Fundamentals of the Faith–HOW on earth did they do this?!
And considering that Catholics have our beloved Holy Father and the Magisterium and the USCCB (100% in agreement against the HHS mandate–you can’t get much clearer than that!)–and that we had a plethora of Catholic media sources explaining “How Catholics should vote”–HOW on earth did they do this?!
What brought the evangelical Protestants together!!! (By the way, they would say, “The Holy Spirit.”)
I’m glad that at least less Catholics voted for President Obama–in the last election, 56% voted for him and his pro-abortion policies.
I just don’t get this at all. I am so disappointed in my fellow Catholics and discouraged by this outcome.
My husband gave me some good explanations (his opinions, of course) why Protestants voted the way they did, and Catholics voted the way they did. His theory has a lot to do with Catholic history–many Catholics have been solidly Democrat for generations (back when Democrat Party Platforms were still righteous), and it’s hard for them to switch and make themselves check that box for a Re…Re…(deep breath, sorry Mom and Dad)…Republican.
I’m honestly upset by this. I hate to say it, but it really shook my faith. I feel like the evangelical Protestants, of which I was once a part, “get it,” and without any earthly organization, voted for righteousness and life, while Catholics, in spite of having the Church of Jesus Christ and the entire 2000-year-old earthly organization and the proper understanding of the Bible, didn’t “get it,” and voted for evil and death.
And I’m guessing that a lot of Catholics will insist that “No, no, I didn’t vote for evil! I voted for good!–health care for all, food and shelter for all, an ending to the war, stopping global warming–I voted for the “complete goodness” of Pres. Obama. Abortion is just ONE thing, but we can’t forget about all these other things.”
That thinking is so wrong. As one of our priests said a few weeks ago, what good are all those other things if a large group of people are dead from abortion and never get to experience them?
Imagine how different the election would have been if 80% of Catholics had voted against the pro-choice President.
So please explain this to me. How could this happen–that “divided” evangelical Protestants get it right, and “unified” Catholics totally miss it?
In case you haven’t figured it out, I’m really discouraged right now.