It is difficult to apply spiritual principles to our civic responsibilities. A common refrain from many believers is to cast off politics or ignore when the party that they support historically loses its way.
Pope Francis recently discussed teaching the faithful discernment when it comes to voting. He stated it is our responsibility to get beyond the superficial and be intellectually informed and honest. As an example he bought up Administration reform. Most of us are in this world and active in civic life and social networks. Very few have the calling of a cloistered life. What to do? Impeachment has riled our nation and our politicians and vast amount of Americans are dug in not on principals, but on party identity, self-interest, and pride.
I believe Donald Trump is bad for our nation and for our brothers and sisters internationally. I believe on this on spiritual, moral, ethical, and political grounds. I also believe he has committed impeachable actions and the Republican Party has the minimum responsibility of seeking evidence to clear him and present it to the public. Whether or not the democrats could of waited for court processes is secondary now. I am not for impeachment – I am for full disclosure to have transparency and ensure our system of democracy retains checks and balance. These are my beliefs having scoured multiple sources of many months within and outside my wheelhouse of comfortability. Other Christians have stepped up to the plate on Donald Trump. Historically Christians have stepped up on social justice issues and faced severe consequences from alienation from fellow Christians to martyrdom including death by horrible means.
Should you join my view. Absolutely not. My morning reading at Jesuits prayer inspired this post. We have a responsibility to be informed, discerning, and vocal. We must choose sides when it is uncomfortable. That is your spiritual and civic responsibility.
Doing so with humility, passion balanced with being dispassionate, and intellectual honesty is a great challenge. I leave you with the challenge to not be neutral, to get uncomfortable by getting outside your wheelhouse to be informed, and than to decide with discernment on what is right.
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion or political views, that place must- at that moment- become the center of the universe. “
Lord, hear our prayer. Amen.
Lord, hear our prayer. Amen.
—Elie Wiesel (1928-2016), professor, writer, Nobel peace prize winner, humanitarian, activist and Holocaust survivor