On Our Hands

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I’m a Christian, a Roman Catholic. I’m pro-life, as any Roman Catholic should be. I believe life begins at conception, and thus, I’m against the dissection and destruction of human embryos for medical research. I’m also against contraception, which, I understand, isn’t true for all Christians, or even all Catholics. We disagree on that.

But I’m gravely disappointed that on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, a majority of Americans, most of them Christians and millions of them Catholics, voted to force me to fund abortion, Planned Parenthood, contraception, and embryonic research. It’s one thing if they vote to legalize those things. It’s profoundly another thing altogether to force me to fund those things. I’m left with no choice to the contrary. I can’t even appeal to conscientious objection and religious liberty.

I also know that my fellow Christians and Catholics sanctioned gay marriage and gay adoption, and I imagine that soon both I and my faith tradition will be forced to comply with those edicts as well.

You know, in the days before the election, I heard many believers say, “Well, it’s in God’s hands.”

But was it? I think the election was in our hands. God left it there. Just as God has given us and given nations the power to choose right over wrong, good instead of bad, and even to accept or reject God, so, too, I imagine, God wanted to see how we chose this November 6, 2012.

Consider a Scripture verse as precedent, 2nd Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Well, on November 6, 2012, we Americans were those people. And we chose as we did. And many of my fellow believers chose to compel me to violate my deepest religious convictions. They did so whether they know it or not. The choice was theirs, not God’s. The 2012 election was in our hands, not God’s hands.

For Catholic Exchange dot com and Ave Maria Radio, I’m Paul Kengor.

Dr. Paul Kengor


Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. His books include “The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism” and “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.”

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  • Frank

    I suspect many people don’t want to hear that message… we (collectively) didn’t evangelize enough, talk enough, reach out enough to change hearts and minds. God can do that without us — but wants us to be His hands and to share Him with others. The challenge is before us. Will we repent, humble our hearts, turn from our ways?

  • Your forgetting something important.Those “catholics” who voted for Obama are not your fellow believers they are most likely not even christian.Jesus said that even in the church there would be tares among the weat.Those so called catholics who voted for Obama are probably the same “catholics” who go to church twice a year on holidays and pick and choose their doctrines.Unless they repent and become truly catholic they will be uprooted in the end with all the other tares for judgement.

  • chaco

    We are tempted to join the so-called majority which has been “slow-cooked” by the subtle introduction of sex without committment to family. It has “sauteed” the masses in the false compassion toward those who have developed an addiction to this new sexual paradigm; “…with all the deception of wickedness for those who will perish, because they did not receive the love of the Truth so as to be saved. And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the Truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.”(II Thes.2: 8-12). Come on now ! – Does such an existence as theirs(the deluded) really sound appealing ? Does living every waking-breathing moment being unsure of your eternal destiny sound like the preferable way to live. Doesn’t it sound better to live with the confidence of a resurrection and to pray for poor souls who live without that confidence ? [God + 1= a majority]