1 Corinthians 6:4-6
We elect our leaders because they should represent us, and that includes our faith. They should share the same belief in the adherence to God’s law:
“If, therefore, you have courts for everyday matters, do you seat as judges people of no standing in the church? I say this to shame you. Can it be that there is not one among you wise enough to be able to settle a case between brothers? But rather brother goes to court against brother, and that before unbelievers?” -1 Corinthians 6:4-6, NAB
Religion and politics can be some of the most highly debated subjects, and as Catholics, one should influence the other. In our legal system, many of our judges are either elected or appointed by our elected officials. Because these judges make decisions based on our laws, and because our politicians create our legislation, it is vital that those that we choose to represent us represent our faith and beliefs. Unfortunately, our political system has followed society’s lead as it continues to represent us, but not in our faith and values, in our immorality. In the United States, the “separation of church and state” has been taken so far to the extreme that we are afraid to have our Christian beliefs represented in the public square. While the founding fathers did not want to have an established religion in the United States, it was never their intention to remove God from the picture. As Catholics and Christians, we need to make our presence known through our vote.
In 1 Corinthians 6:1, we learned that we should let the Church guide us and settle disputes between brothers and sisters in Christ, and that we should respect their authority above any secular system; however, we cannot get around the fact that our legal system does impact our lives greatly. Our legal system exists for a reason, and we must elect those who represent us, including our faith. Instead of simply voting for a candidate because of their fiscal policies and stance on education, we must look for the men and women who represent us Christians, and even as Catholics. If we do that, then we can trust that the rest of what they represent will be based on sound, biblical values.