Political Twist And Shout

While I believe that our faith should inform our political choices, politics should not inform our faith.  In the increasingly divided country that we live in, Christians are too often influenced by the tribal party that they identify with instead of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Consequently people who are Pro Life defend politicians and parties that are decidedly pro abortion. Other people who are, also, Pro life, play mental Twister to defend politicians who advocate torture.

Yes the Church does encourage us to vote. Sometimes the only choice is none of the above.

When Bush was President I could not believe the hatred that spewed from the mouths and keyboards of some Christians. And I can’t believe the vitriol that is directed against President Obama.

I take issues with both Presidents. Both Presidents are part of the fallen human race. President Bush tried to do what he believed was right. President Obama is acting on what he thinks is right. Neither is anymore evil than the rest of us.

Just like the rest of us, they are in need of God’s mercy and forgiveness. We should pray for our President and our leaders even when we disagree with their decisions.

All Christians are called to the vocation of love. But the diversity that we enjoy as citizens of this country has a dark side. It is dividing people into enemy camps. Us vs. them.  Too many Christian blogs are venues for people to vent feelings of anger and hatred.

In the extreme we find this disgusting load of rubbish:


Jimmy Akin, apologist extraordinaire, takes video kooks argument apart:

I don’t know who is behind the video, but whoever it is clearly has only the most rudimentary understanding of the things he’s talking about, and he makes mistakes left and right. (Put another way: He’s totally out of his depth.)

Read the rest here

This is what happens when we put our trust in worldly princes, and political parties, instead of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry and I have been married 39 years. But the deacon’s wife gig is a new twist. Larry was ordained in August of 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren. The oldest grandchild is ten and the youngest is three. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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3 Responses to Political Twist And Shout

  1. LeAnn Larsen says:

    I fell behind in reading your blog. This post really gets to me. I was equally astounded to hear people calling President Obama the Anti-Christ. As an armchair political scientist, I believe in our republican form of government, by that I mean that it is not a true democracy, we elect leaders to represent us. I also believe that all president’s demand a certain level of decency from us. It is wrong to call President Bush “Mr. Bush”. He will hold the title President Bush until he dies. It is also wrong to call President Obama “Barry”. No matter what I think of his politics, he is the President of the United States. Besides all that, the Anti-Christ is not demonic, even an elementary understanding of bible types shows this. In order for the end times to be ushered in, we must experience the Anti-Christ. Sheeeeesh. Exasperating. Thank you for posting this.

  2. Susan Kehoe says:

    We live in uncivil times. In the name of diversity and tolerance, we have become crude. Well some of us anyway. We are a very divided nation.

    As for the anti-Christ. We have had many. We will continue to have many.

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