Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Vote Pro-Choice?

Another discussion on Facebook led to the question of whether one incurs the guilt of sin by voting for a pro-choice politician. Here is a snippet of the conversation I had with Whitney, which bounced around from moral relativism to abortion:

"The world isn't black and white." -Whitney

There are many, many things that are black and white. It would be more accurate to say, "The world isn't just shades of gray."

Rape is, and always will be wrong.
Abortion is, and always will be wrong.
Giving to the poor is, and always will be good.
Visiting the imprisoned is, and always will be good.

"You can be a Catholic and support this secular country at the same time." -Whitney

True. But you cannot be Catholic and support homosexual behavior. Or abortion. Or prostitution.

"Its not like if you voted for a pro-choice candidate, you'd go to hell or be punished." -Whitney

There are certain practices and sins which will lead one to hell. That is what Christ taught anyway. And it doesn't appear the way to heaven will be easy.

Quite the opposite, really: "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few." (Matthew 7:13-14)

If only Our Lord had said, "the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to heaven."

But back to your point about voting pro-choice. By voting pro-choice (where there is an alternative), one is actively participating in the sin of abortion. This co-operation in the evil of abortion may or may not be mortal (i.e., deadly, and incurring the punishment of hell) depending on the state of the individual who is casting the ballot. Only God knows the state of his soul. But we can objectively say, "Voting in favor of baby-killing is gravely immoral."

Which is why I have a T-shirt which reads:

"Vote Pro-Choice" -Satan


BabyGhost said...

Heh. That Whitney girl is a character.

Josh said...

Good post. I agree that voting pro-choice is a huge problem. That's a threshold issue for me, and I've had similar facebook discussions/debates.