Skip to comments.Who Should I Vote for President in 2012? Christian Voting Apps Offer Guidance
Posted on 10/13/2012 9:51:21 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
While some registered voters remain undecided, either impeded by Mitt Romney's Mormon faith or President Barack Obama's troubling social policies, one coalition of Catholic clergy is hoping its free phone app will help Christians decide how to vote based on the issues come November.
The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy has made available for Android, Windows and iPhone devices what it says is the first free non-partisan voting guide for Catholics. Its Catholic Voting Guide by Little i Apps LLC was created to help users "cast a responsible vote using a well-formed conscience based on Catholic moral principles."
"With Election Day soon approaching, it is imperative that the lay faithful take their right to vote seriously. Living in a democratic republic has many blessings, rights and privileges that are essentially connected to civic duties and obligations," said CCC President Fr. John Trigilio, Jr. "Making a prudent decision in the voting booth requires a well formed conscience and a reasonable knowledge of the issues at stake."
The voter app highlights six categories tagged as "vital concerns" for voters: Right to Life, Religious Liberty (and Freedom of Religion), Sanctity of Marriage, Private Property, Access to Necessary Goods, and War.
"This Voting Guide is totally non-partisan. It neither favors nor disavows any political party or candidate. What it does is present Gospel values and moral principles of the Natural Moral Law to enable the Catholic voter to evaluate any candidate, issue or pending legislation. The clergy's job is not to tell people who to vote for, rather, it is their obligation and sacred duty to teach them how to vote properly, i.e., responsibly and conscientiously," added Trigilio.
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GOOD GOD ! and these voters, these people have not noticed what has happened in the last 4 weeks ?
So, what were the relative scores? This article is pretty closed mouth about it.
As a Christian, if you really need an app to tell you that the leftists need to go, you are in a world of Hurt.
What makes these Non-Negotiable?
The Voters Guide for Serious Catholics cites the Holy See as pointing out: Democracy must be based on the true and solid foundation of non-negotiable ethical principles, which are the underpinning of life in society.
These issues concern actions that are intrinsically evil and must never be promoted by the law.
Intrinsically evil actions are those that fundamentally conflict with the moral law and can never be performed under any circumstances. It is a serious sin to deliberately endorse or promote any of these actions, and no candidate who really wants to advance the common good will support any action contrary to the non-negotiable principles involved in these issues.
In many elections there are situations where all of the available candidates take morally unacceptable positions on one or more of the non-negotiable issues.
In such situations, a citizen is called upon to make tough choices. In those cases, citizens must vote in the way that will most limit the harm that would be done by the available candidates.
My suggestion is to anyone still undecided, especially Christians is to skip voting. This is a battle between growing our economy and growing our government. If government wins we all lose and that decision should not be left to people who aren’t listening and don’t care to learn the facts.
if you need an app for this, you also need a brain to go with it
“In those cases, citizens must vote in the way that will most limit the harm that would be done by the available candidates.”
Why participate at all? Why not just vote for the candidates and issues one CAN morally support, and trust God to “deliver us from evil” regarding the rest of the candidates/issues?
For instance, should I elect candidate A, whose past record indicates he will kill 100 people, or candidate B, who says he will only kill 10 people. Why support either, and so validate/perpetuate a moral evil by my own consent?
Have you considered that by not voting for B, you are complicit in the deaths of 90 if A wins?
By voting for B you are voting to save the lives of 90!
Just something to consider.
I fear the Carrie Underwood “Gleeified” and Christimas/Easter Christians more than the hardest leftist.
How about resisting both? And no, one is not complicit in choosing to reject both evils for the immoral policies which the ultimate electee exercises.
Part of the problem is that many people think once they have voted (or abstained), they’ve done their part...and then abdicate their personal responsibility to engage their culture for the next four years.
The other part of the problem is that Christian people (genuine ones, not to mention the Sunday Christians and posers) actually seem to forget what the Bible teaches and what things/people their Lord could support
(choose, as opposed to allow) in any way, shape, or form. They are complicit in the decline of our culture by choosing “representatives” who actively undermine biblical morality in our culture.
“Why participate at all?”
To prevent the idiot who would do the most harm from winning!!!!
Imagine a situation wherein one candidate has a record of fighting for unrestricted access to abortion, and the other candidate would only consider allowing abortion in the cases of rape or incest.
If the person who would “Do the least harm” were elected, there would have been a Million more babies born every year, in America, since 1973.
It went something like this: What happens if you are nearly 100% successful in converting everyone in America? At the next election, the “two” remaining non-converts will elect one or the other as the next president and he may turn out to be the next Hitler.
I don't always like the options of who I have to choose between when voting so I do find myself sometimes voting for the lesser of two evils - a practice your statement rejects.
With all due respect to you both as a Christian and American, I think that view is shortsighted.
Voting for the lesser of two evils is voting for the person who will “actively undermine biblical morality in our culture”, THE LEAST. That way we have a smaller hole to climb out of at the next election.
Take the last election for example. (Not implying anything about McCain with regards to this thread). A lot people sat out because they didn't like McCain.
Obama won. The biggest lasting impact is likely to be the two Supreme Court Justices he named to the court. I don't have a clue who McCain would have nominated, but I can't imagine them being worse with regards to our “biblical morality.”
So we had two liberals retire to be replaced by bigger liberals. A lost opportunity at the least to have two moderates or maybe even conservatives replace them if McCain had won.
Sitting out does have consequences! I think we really do need to focus on who will do the least damage to our biblical morals as opposed to letting the worse guy win because neither guy measured up the way we would have liked.
Though I share your sentiment, and would like to agree with your assessment that Roe v. Wade would not have still allowed each mother to choose whether or not to become a personal mini death camp if we elected the right person each four years, I cannot see how it will make much difference today — even the GOP candidates say so (that they can do little to nothing to effect the impact or practice of abortion on demand in our land).
Or perhaps you are saying if the right person had been in office they would have appointed the right SC justice(s), etc., etc., etc., and Roe v. Wade would have never opened the floodgates to our own holocaust.
I wasn’t even voting age in 1972, so I guess I cannot take personal responsibility for that election, or prior ones that put the Roe v. Wade crowd into position to allow American’s to destroy their own conscience as a people.
BTW, I am not impugning those who vote for the lesser of two evils, as I have done many times, I am just not seeing the fruit of picking either. Would you rather jump off a cliff, or take slow(er) acting poison? Seems like personal preference if you are going to die either way. I would rather just trust God to bless all the good things I do in obedience to His word, and all the good actions of faithful Americans, as He will surely bring justice and judgment to our land. Of course, I pray for our repentance and His mercy. Those who want to hold their noses and vote for the lesser of two evils still have my respect, while those who choose the alternative don’t.
See my previous post for a more complete answer.
I understand your logic, and urge you to vote according to your conscience.
My perspective is that when the GOP is in power they circle the wagons and start shooting inward. They seem to be much more effective when they are not in power, sad to say, and promote gridlock — which is not a bad thing considering the direction the movement is going.
As far as my view being shortsighted, you are entitled to your opinion. I prefer to think of preserving integrity as the only tenable “long-term” view, understanding that the Judge of the universe will ultimately sort all things out for His own glory.
PS - I understand your Supreme Court justice argument as well. That can be tricky, as in the case of O’ Connor (Reagan) and Roberts (”W” Bush), the latter of which gave us universal health care through some of the most twisted logic available.
Sad to say, many of our justices in America are not governed by the law today — they feel they ARE the law.
PPS - Even more important than voting right is living right.
If more Americans were living right we would not be voting for the lesser of two evils. Truly conservative, moral, small government people would be filling offices at every level of our land, and we would be hard pressed to choose between the greater of two goods with our vote.
But I suppose one could argue that human government itself is the lesser of two evils, and sinful humanity must be restrained, which puts the whole argument on a new footing.
So, while we figure this voting thing out, let’s just live right — before and after the polls.
Anyone who hasn’t cared to form an opinion on this already is certainly not going to bother wth an app on the subject.