Our last election of November 2, 2010 was significant in our county in that more pro-life candidates were elected countrywide. Two lone exceptions stand out – California and New York, two liberal bastions. California voted, for the fourth time, for the most pro-abortion Senator in the U.S. Senate, Barbara Boxer, and the ultra-liberal Jerry Brown for Governor. Brown is also a rabid pro-abortion proponent. Boxer, in a famous debate with Senator Santorum stated that a baby is not a baby until you decide to take it home. What is most depressing is that people of faith, such as Catholics, regularly vote for these ultra pro-abortion candidates. In the last Presidential election 54% of Catholics voted for the radical left-wing, pro-abortion proponent Barack Obama. Obama even voted to deny a baby who survived a botched abortion the right to life as an Illinois State Senator. As a candidate, he pledged to sign the “Freedom of Choice Act” which would end any and all limits on abortion and make it the law of the land.
Why do so many Catholics, and liberal Christians, for that matter, vote against traditional moral values? There are many answers, but the best answer is that they believe in Liberation Theology, the Marxist, Socialist theology that had its beginning in South America in the 1960s. According to Liberation Theology, Jesus modeled helping the poor and as long as government takes care of the poor that is all that is required. Today, this is euphemistically referred to as “social justice.” Social justice is good but liberal Catholics and Christians define social justice to fit their point of view, not what it really means. This is a bankrupt theology that is anathema to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As Christians, we are held to a higher standard by our God. When we meet our God, we will need to give an explanation of what we did or did not do to advance the Kingdom. If we vote for candidates who favor the killing of the innocent we are giving them a back-handed approval to do this. If you drive a bank robber to the bank that he will rob, you are charged with bank robbery just like the actual robber. Likewise, if you vote for a pro-abortion candidate, you are cooperating with this evil. This is not just my opinion. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is very clear that this is the case.
The recently appointed new Cardinal Raymond Burke has recorded an interview that states, in no uncertain terms, that one cannot be a good Catholic or a good Christian and vote for a pro-abortion candidate. Watch this compelling video. As Christians we have a duty to vote our values. Failing to do so is an abomination to the Lord and we will be held responsible. Just imagine the Lord questioning you upon arrival on the last day: He asks you why did you vote for all those pro-abortion candidates, you tell Him that you did because they were more willing to help the poor with welfare or immigration. The Lord then asks you how many poor or immigrants died in a typical year; you say you don’t know. Then he asks you why you let 1.5 million babies be killed per year in the United States alone. What do you say?