Yeh, I’d vote for Jesus

Sparks are emanating from the political front of American society.  The 2012 election is in its kindling stage and pretty soon, fire will engulf our eyes and ears from every media source possible.  This weekend when we Catholics proclaim “Long live Christ the King,” it would do us well to recognize that our own kindling could use a few more sparks.  

A mulit-tiered conundrum dwells in the hearts of Catholics everywhere when the voting booths are put up.  We question whether we are informed enough on the public issues, which of the names on our ballot is the better of the evils and whether or not our choices will be used against us on judgment day.  It is quite a paradoxical situation for those of Christ’s Church namely because we are citizens of both a spiritual Kingdom and a physical democracy.  
My duty to God tells me that I must protect life, justice, and peace.  My duty to my country just happens to be the same.  So why can’t there be one candidate who can do all three without being steered into political debacle, economic distrust, and/or inconsistency?  The answer is because Jesus can’t be our president, nor could anyone like him.  Archbishop Fulton Sheen said it best when he wrote “The people hate the upright because they challenge their norms.  They also hate the felons because they challenge their safety.  Therefore, the mediocre is only allowed to survive” (paraphrased).  
Democracy and Catholicism differ greatly in their approaches to achieving the protection of life, peace, and justice.  However, the two are conjoined by a common conscience that has its root in God’s will  Perhaps if we can join them together, we might be able to regain the trust of our officials be meeting them eye to eye on the same economic, political and intellectual level- at the foot of the cross.

Until Jesus comes back, we are stuck with two robbers who have been crucified at His side.  My vote is for the good thief.
Long live Christ the King!

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