A Catholic voter’s guide for Reno Nevada, part 1 started the presentation of the standards a Catholic/Christian voter will need to know how to vote in Reno Nevada. It began with Jesus’ Great Commandment to love God first and what that means. In light of the Great Commandment, we need to read Deuteronomy 30.
“Choose life, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the Personal Name, your Mighty Judge, listening to his voice, and clinging to him as glue. That will mean life for you, a long life for you to live on the land which the Personal Name swore to your ancestors, to Abraham/E Pluribus Unum, Isaac/crying, & Jacob/heal, to give to them.”Deuteronomy 30:19-20
The commandment is to choose life. Deuteronomy 30 also emphasizes with the Great Commandment, to love God. What is life? This is the point where the so-called pro-life people want to pull out the dead baby pictures. There will be no dead baby pictures here. You have already seen those pictures. I see no desire in needless offending. Earlier in the passage, Moses tells us who has the authority to decide such things.
Verses five and six state, “The Personal Name, your Mighty Judge, will bring you into the land your fathers once possessed… The Personal Name, your Mighty Judge, will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your seed, for you to love the Personal Name, your Mighty Judge, with your whole hearts and your animate being, in order that you may live.”
Verses eleven through fourteen answers the question, of whom has the authority to decide when life begins, when it ends, and what it is in the meantime. “This command is something very near to you, in your mouth and in your heart, to do it.”
Who has the authority to decide when life begins, when it ends, and what it is in the meantime resides with you, the reader. It is dead baby picture time. It is time to put aside the dogmatic intellectual arguments as to what life is. Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: The U.S. Bishops’ Reflection on Catholic Teaching and Political Life states, “We are a nation founded on “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Verses 5 and 6 tell us “The Personal Name, your Mighty Judge, will bring you into the land your fathers once possessed…” The address is to the nation entering the Promised Land. As we vote, we answer that question as a nation. The answer does not reside in our head, but in our hearts. We must put Democratic and Republican Party dogma behind us and look. Our heart, will give us the answer.
Those wanting to show dead baby pictures need to see pictures of dead workers who died from employer negligence, the dead African Americans who died in prisons and on our American streets, pictures of Appalachian poor, the inner city poor, and the poor on the Native American reservations who suffer the living death of poverty.
The Germans of the ‘30s and ‘40s did not see Jews and Gypsies as people. The southern fundamentalists do not see African Americans and Hispanics as people. SCOTUS views corporations to be people and the poor not to be people.They/we need to look at corporations, then at their poorest employees and decide which is the person.
Those who do not see outcasts as people cause voter suppression we see in the southern states today. We see what happens when we look with the head and not the heart when we look at the pictures of ’45 Dresden and Berlin, at Treblinka and Auschwitz.
It is for us, the Catholics of Reno Nevada to decide what life is. We need to put away conservative and liberal doctrine and look with our hearts. We need to look for candidates who will promote life in conformity with what we see. When we do this, we will promote life, life to its fullest, for all people. We will look for good shepherds, good leaders, who are not thieves and robbers, but will lead the sheep to the fullness of life. We will only vote for candidates, promoting life, life lived to its fullest, for all people.