I’ll keep this short because I’ve said all of this before on previous posts here on EPIC Radio. As Catholics we have an obligation to vote and have our say in the public sphere. Today that opportunity has again come for us to make sure we can change our country to something we are proud of and a place where Catholics can call home.
Here is what the Catechism says on voting:
Those subject to authority should regard those in authority as representatives of God, who has made them stewards of his gifts: “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution. . . . Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil; but live as servants of God.” Their loyal collaboration includes the right, and at times the duty, to voice their just criticisms of that which seems harmful to the dignity of persons and to the good of the community.
It is the duty of citizens to contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom. The love and service of one’s country follow from the duty of gratitude and belong to the order of charity. Submission to legitimate authorities and service of the common good require citizens to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community.
Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one’s country:
- Pay to all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.
- [Christians] reside in their own nations, but as resident aliens. They participate in all things as citizens and endure all things as foreigners. . . . They obey the established laws and their way of life surpasses the laws. . . . So noble is the position to which God has assigned them that they are not allowed to desert it.
- The Apostle exhorts us to offer prayers and thanksgiving for kings and all who exercise authority, “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way.” (CCC 2238 to 2240)
Please, go out and vote today if you have not already done so. Vote pro-life, pro-family, and pro-religious liberty. These are the values that the Catholic Church teaches and holds dear. Your voice does count, your voice is heard, and your voice does make a difference.
For more on what I’ve said about voting and being a servant of God and a servant of the nation, click here to read my other posts.