Voting and Priority to LeastVoting and Priority Given to the Least

Jim Pinto, Jr., M. Div.

Today I was discussing the upcoming elections and how the candidates and media put forth the “issues” that are supposed to claim our allegiance. It seems to me that these elections aren’t so much about “issues” as about people -- human beings made in the image and likeness of God. 

As people of good will, and as Christians and Catholics, we should give the highest priority to the promotion and protection of human life, and in particular, to the lives of “the least” as we evaluate candidates and the casting of our vote. 

The elections and how we vote in promoting life (pro-life) or death (pro-abortion) will have consequences in this life and in the age to come. It is not the “issues” that concern me as much as the abandonment of Jesus in “the least of these” and the consequences if I or someone else were to vote for a candidate who promotes the willful and wanton taking of innocent human life through abortion, embryonic stem cell research or euthanasia.

It’s not an “issue” but a life.

It’s not just a life, but the suffering Jesus in that life. It is not simply about this life but the age to come. As we evaluate the candidates and cast our vote, let us hear and respond to the words of Jesus who once was a pre-born child and now reigns as Lord!

“I was hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, ill, in prison.” What we have done or have not done for the least will have eternal consequences for those candidates and those who elect them. “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these, the least of my brethren, you did for me.” The aborting of the pre-born is the aborting of Jesus!

This election is about human beings, about Jesus appealing through them (especially through the pre-born), about where the candidates stand in defending them, and about our responsibility to Vote Life. Perhaps, Jesus will remind us on the judgment day that our vote had a direct outcome in relation to “the least.” Vote Life!

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