“Choice” indicates belief, not truth
The Way I See It
by DON WEST
We were reminded, via the homily at Mass this past weekend, that our Catholic faith is steeped in tradition. Since Jesus walked this earth in human form, serving as our first Pope, the rules and regulations of our Catholic faith have been in place. Though we immediately, as frail humans, began to try and bend the rules, those rules have and never will change. Our only choice is to adhere to them or ignore them. They are not bendable, negotiable, or subject to individual interpretation. All the courts of the lands, self-proclaimed kings or rulers, and keepers of the law only appease themselves by believing that their rulings and interpretations could somehow change that which God established.
I recently saw a bumper sticker on the back of a vehicle that read, “One cannot be both Catholic and Pro-Choice.” I would like to see that modified to replacing the word Catholic with the word Christian. If one proclaims to be Christian, that is, following the teachings of Christ, who is the living word of God, then one can only endeavor to follow those laws, which God has established. We cannot accept one rule while ignoring some, and we cannot interpret a rule to fit our particular likes or dislikes.
That having been said, one cannot support a candidate for office who proclaims to be pro-choice. The word “choice” indicates that it is the belief of that person that it is permissible to end the life of an unborn child. We do not choose life, but God chooses us to live. Therefore, we cannot choose to accept or reject life. There is no choice to be made. It has come from the Father, who is omnipotent – almighty – infallible. Though many of us make choices on a daily basis, both good and bad choices, we are subject to the same judgment – not of our peers, but of our Father, who has chosen us.
If your choice of candidate, whom will lead the most powerful nation in the world, is a believer in the fallacy that he or she can choose between life and death, then you are allowing yourself to be led into condemnation. Life is not a political choice or question. Life is a gift from God and we cannot reject the gift.
If you are Christian, Catholic or whatever, the very core of your beliefs is being challenged on the political front, and it is time for you to stand up for that which should be the very center of your life. If you believe that life is a gift from God, not a right established by political decision, you then must support and vote for someone who, at least proclaims to be a follower of the teachings of Christianity. That choice you can make.
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