Where is the line?

Where do we draw the line between our religious faith and our political choices? My first response is that it is a personal choice.  This choice is given to each American by the US Constitution. But for people of faith, we each must discern our choices and then live with the fruit or destruction that may come from those choices. We cannot hide from our choices that seem to be consistent with a worldly life, but are not perfectly aligned with the choices God would like us to make. We must recognize that these choices are the consequence of living in this world.  We cannot use our intellect to rationalize these choices as being not of sin.  But we can forgive ourself and try not to continue the behavior that brought us to this place.  

 Freedom has consequences AND responsibility. We must each reconcile our choices with our conscience, that ideally is formed with the Holy Spirit present. Since none of us are perfect this is the struggle of life. The best way to deal with this is to find a spiritual director and a faith community of like minded people to confer with and participate in regular worship services.   Where ever two or more of you are gathered in his name he is present.  With out this we are left with an isolationist perspective which can be very destructive.    Politics adds complexity because although some may want this to be true, the US Constitution is not a moral document, but rather a civil document.

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Subdeacon Steve Crate

Raised in Trinitarian/Presbyterian/Quaker tradition, Steve converted to Maronite Catholic in 1978 when his first son was Baptised and Christened. Both faiths have a Trinitarian basis for explaining God and so fit with his lifetime faith. Steve also had developed a Contemplative Prayer practice which has monastic historical basis and is the foundation of the Maronite Church from St Maron forward. He was ordained a Lector, Cantor and Subdeacon in the Maronite Catholic Church on October 24, 2010. He continues to serve in a voluntary ministry at St Joseph Maronite Catholic Church in Waterville Maine. Steve is a retired Rehabilitation Counselor, teacher and writer. Steve recently was hired as part time Spiritual Care Coordinator at Northern Light Inland Hospital in Waterville.

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