By: Bradley Opitz

Here comes the most obvious statement of the day… In 5-4-3-2-1…  Today is Election Day!  And in the event that you have Mono and haven’t been associating with people today, every one of your class mates and friends have an opinion about this day.  Every four years, we as good Americans, become enamored or obsessed with the person who is to be elected as the leader of the Free World.  Throughout every primary and every general election we are courted or perused by people who promise a life full of hope, happiness and security.  It is everything that we as living breathing human beings could ever want.  But, are we really looking in the right place for that?  Don’t get me wrong, the elections are important and we as Catholics, by virtue of our Baptism are obligated to take part in the public life.  But, are we placing upon a person, attributes that distinctively belong to God alone?   And if so, are we allowing ourselves to be deceived and rely on any other power for what we need other than God?

When you vote or support a candidate keep this in mind:

Psalm 146

Praise the Lord, my soul; I shall praise the Lord all my life, sing praise to my God while I live.  Put no trust in princes, in mere mortals powerless to save.  When they breathe their last, they return to the earth; that day all their planning comes to nothing. 

Happy those whose help is Jacob’s God, whose hope is in the Lord, their God, the maker of heaven and earth, the seas and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever, secures justice for the oppressed, gives food to the hungry.

The Lord sets prisoners free; the Lord gives sight to the blind.  The Lord raises up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.  The Lord protects the stranger, sustains the orphan and the widow, but thwarts the way of the wicked.  The Lord shall reign forever, your God, Zion, through all generations!  Hallelujah!

 

A candidate may have my vote but not my hope, that’s reserved Christ.

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