Young & Catholic During an Election Cycle

I’ve never been more involved in a presidential election than I am with the one coming up in November 2016. I’m not sure if I’m a little “older” and feel like I actually have a say in something to do with my country. My first presidential election was back in 2012. I think all it did back then was annoy me. Now, I’m constantly switching between the secular media channels and online Catholic political articles. I want to get to know both sides and being a young Catholic in the midst of this election cycle can be tricky.

I think there are times where I’m into a candidate that I almost believe anything they say until something negative happens (which is almost everyday). I later tend to feel deceived and wonder, “Whose the right leader for a country I love and proud to live in?”.

As a Catholic in my twenties, my biggest challenge tends to be trying to decide what the right thing to do is vs. what feels good vs. what my moral conscience knows is right vs. what the rest of society thinks. It’s an unending roller coaster that seems to be going in circles. This doesn’t just go with politics and picking the right candidate. This also goes with same-sex marriage, abortion and vocational discernment.

My biggest challenge tends to be trying to decide what the right thing to do is vs. what feels good vs. what my moral conscience knows is right vs. what the rest of society thinks.”

I have watched speeches from both sides. Some speeches are harder to listen to. Some candidates and their speeches go completely against what I believe in, leaving one side more with what I believe in, but not 100 percent, leaving me with no choice, but to vote for that person. I feel like a lot of Catholics, and I mean a lot of Catholics, are in the same boat as me. It’s like we’re all piled in one boat trying not to tip over.

Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.”
— Matthew 8:23-27

I’ve come to terms with the fact that there is no perfect Catholic candidate in my mind I think can best fit the position our country needs (as much as I desperately think we need one). There is never the “perfect politician”, although there are Catholic ones who strive to do the right thing.

For those who listen to our show or even read this post, probably have young adult children in their mid-twenties discerning the same thing, or maybe you're in your mid-twenties discerning. What my generation decides this November will be one of the biggest decisions we make in the long run during our lifetime.

We have to ask the questions: Do we want our country to be a place where we feel safe with religious liberties without force or discrimination? Do we want life to be respected in all stages? Do we want to be able to practice what we believe in without being forced to do the opposite?

Pray, fast, discern and take advantage of doing research, because what we put into our hearts and minds will be the driving force of whose name we press in the voting booth come November. With a pure and open heart, ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and the rest will follow.

 

 ***Disclaimer: Same-sex marriage/abortion/vocational discernment is not categorized into one group. ***