03 May 2017

Politically Frustrated (and Homeless)


We live in very interesting times culturally and politically in our country.

It can be so easy to get worked up over articles and Facebook postings (myself included). 
Sometimes on the interwebs things feel as rough as they did before the 2016 election...and that was before President Trump had control of the POTUS Twitter account. #pleasesomeonetakeitaway

But I was really disappointed at the end of last week as I started reading a lot on how officially the Democratic National Committee has stated they will only support pro-choice Democrats.

Cardinal Dolan who is currently the chair of the USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities came out and strongly called them out on such intolerance. Anybody else feel like he reminds you of a jolly, smiley Santa Claus? 

Just me? Okay. :)

Sure it has been widely known for awhile that overall as a whole the Democratic party has led with a pro-choice card. But after the election, I guess it strikes me that they are coming out so guns blazing on such a critical life issue.



So what's a Catholic Christian supposed to do politically these days?


Anybody else feel politically homeless, or is it just me?



It is getting more tricky and difficult. I have a much harder time feeling good about the GOP. When Donald Trump is the best we've got that is kinda scary to me.

At the same time, I hate how boldly intolerant the Democratic Party is acting. 
I believe in supporting both an unborn baby and the mother, both lives have equal worth and value. 
Abortion is not good for anyone.

In a world where tolerance has basically become the 10th Commandment, Democrats are saying pro-life people are not welcomed and will not be supported as candidates on the Democratic ticket. 

It makes me wonder could this totally backfire on them? 
Could this draw more folks to the GOP?

I don't know and suppose only time will tell.


So what do YOU do?

I try to remind myself its always better to shut up and not lead with the reactionary (still working on that piece).

I make an effort to read and listen to people on both sides of the aisle.

I try to value honest, respectful dialogue over just being right.

I am grateful for lots of writings and documents of the Catholic Church that offer me some sanity in well balanced perspective on social teaching, morality, and ethics.


And at the end of the day, I remind myself I will never first identify with an ideology or political party. But rather my primary identification is striving to follow Jesus Christ in all aspects of my life. 
I don't do it perfectly and have a ways to go (just ask my family). 

But I ardently desire that identification to be the leaven in how I live my life, treat others, and do ministry.

Hopefully that is all our goal.


How do you wrestle through all this stuff with culture and politics in one hand and your faith in the other?



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3 comments:

  1. Oh wow, that makes me so sad that the Democratic National Committee did this! Since the elections, I've actually not paid too much attention to political news. I don't know if it's the best route, since we need to be engaged in our political climate, but after the election I was just kind of done. I figured, "Well, we have a new president, and I'm just gonna pray over here and not keep track of what he does or doesn't do."

    Anyways, I too am interested to see what happens now-I'm guessing that if anything, we'll see more and more people registering as "Independent" or third party (like American Solidarity Party, perhaps?).

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  2. Honestly, Patty, I am completely over politics. And I am also over Catholics trying to find a place in one of the parties and pretending like there's good solutions out there (obviously not referring to you). . To me, local politics and changing our families is where it's at. It might be naive, and burying my head in the sand, but my focus is on myself, my children, and my very local community. I know the world's kind of going to hell, but I think that's Jesus job (second coming anyone?!?!)...

    Perhaps its the wrong attitude, but the world is just too screwy to screw with lately.

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