Commentary on the Recent POTUS Election

I have a low opinion of the vast majority of politicians. Many politicians have numerous unrepentant mortal sins on their conscience, and it shows in their public behavior.

Conservatism is not Catholicism. Jesus was not a conservative or a liberal. The nation is not really better off being led by a sinful conservative than a sinful liberal. I know it seems like a sinful conservative will be better, because, theoretically, conservatives are against abortion and against certain other popular sins in modern society. But a sinful president does not have God on his side.

[Psalm 126] (127)
{126:1} A Canticle in steps: of Solomon. Unless the Lord has built the house, those who build it have labored in vain. Unless the Lord has guarded the city, he who guards it watches in vain.

The Warning will overtake all sinful politicians. Some will die of shock at their sins. Some will resign in humiliation at their sins. Some will be forced out of office, because the electorate will newly object to the grave sins that have long been public knowledge. Some will feign repentance in order to attempt to hold power. A few of these sinful politicians will sincerely repent. Some will backslide into grave sins again.

I’m not worried about Trump, because I think that Pence was chosen by Providence to lead the nation, sooner or later. Of course, I could be wrong. We shall see.

Republicans control the House and the Senate. Maybe some useful legislation will be passed, despite the sinfulness of our elected leaders, on both sides of the aisle. Hopefully, we will have a conservative Supreme Court Justice added to the court, to keep liberals from radically reinterpreting constitution and law in support of grave sin. But in all sincerity, I worry that if SCOTUS becomes very conservative, the nation may be harmed in other ways. Conservative judges give too much authority to law enforcement and courts, with too little concern for civil rights. Freedom of speech and the press could be harmed by either a court that is too conservative or one that is too liberal.

There exists a certain false version of Catholicism today: a highly politicized version of the faith that puts political controversies first and proposes that conservative politics is equal to faithfulness. Certain blogs promote this point of view. Do not be fooled by their claims. Truth is not conservative or liberal. God is not conservative or liberal. Please do not let partisan politics obscure your faith in God or subjugate the teachings of the Church.

Protests have continued from the time of the election to the present day. I don’t know how much longer they will continue. It’s disturbing that when a conservative politician is elected, there are protests, but not when a liberal is elected. Trump is probably no more sinful than many other politicians. So what they are protesting is not his sinfulness — which truly should be protested — but his conservatism.

What if a holy conservative Catholic were elected president? I think the protests would be just as bad, if not worse. They would call such a politician homophobic, for rejecting same-sex marriage, and transphobic, for rejecting gender ideology. They might call him racist, just because he is conservative. It seems to be an assumption of the left that conservatives are necessarily racist. They would protest out of fear that a conservative Catholic president would take away abortifacient contraception and abortion, would make gay marriage illegal, would not permit transgender ideology to be taught in schools, and so on.

The government is democratic, but the culture is totalitarian. When the democracy decides on leaders that conflict with the culture, protests erupt. People are suggesting that electors switch their vote to Hillary Clinton. People are loudly proclaiming that Trump is not their President. They only want things to be decided by a vote when the vote goes their way. And if anyone has ideas that conflict with the teachings of the culture, their ideas are condemned as hatred. The culture has become like a religious cult, which insists that its followers unthinkingly reject all that is contrary to the teachings of the cult.

Christianity is counter-cultural. If you accept every teaching of sinful modern culture, you are implicitly (or explicitly, as the case may be) rejecting Christ. No man can serve two masters.

A lukewarm person takes on the temperature of the sinful culture in which he lives.

{3:15} I know your works: that you are neither cold, nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot.
{3:16} But because you are lukewarm and are neither cold nor hot, I will begin to vomit you out of my mouth.

Be cold by cooling people down from doing evil. Be hot by stirring people up to do good. Do not be lukewarm by accepting all the sinfulness that surrounds you today.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

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3 Responses to Commentary on the Recent POTUS Election

  1. God Alone says:

    In general you are right, but specifically you might be wrong on this one.

    Hillary was pro unborn baby killing (i.e., abortion), but kind, protective, grandma watching for the poor children who happened to make it out of the womb; yes, Hillary was clearly a hypocrite regarding the protection of children.

    Trump was pro life. Not always in his life, but then St. Paul was not always pro-Christ-Jesus either.

    Voting for the lesser of two evils and the potential to save at least one child from abortion was more than enough reason for me to vote for Trump. Not voting at all meant you were possibly going to extend and potentially increase the abortions in this country over the next four years (i.e., increase in number of pro-abortion Supreme Court members).

  2. pjmcbride says:

    Good to keep in mind. Religion is aligned with party politics all too often in this country.

  3. Tom Mazanec says:

    I voted for Kasich in the Primary.
    I could not hold back from voting in the Election…I feel I have a duty to take part in this part of our Representative Democracy. So I held my nose and voted for Trump, as the Right to Life endorsed candidate.

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