As our nation strikes in direction of Election Day, we’d think about our vote as only a political act. Nevertheless it’s rather more than that. Voting is an ethical act. And it may be a robust expression of our work for a greater world for each ourselves and others — in different phrases, our dedication to the widespread good.
What’s the widespread good? The significance of the widespread good is mirrored within the love and compassion of Jesus in addition to within the teachings of the Hebrew scriptures that human beings have a divine spark inside them and are made in God’s picture. As brothers and sisters, we’re referred to as to serve the wants of each other with mutual affection. As Paul writes in his Letter to the Philippians, “regard others as extra vital than your self” (2:4).
Pope Francis provides us an overarching imaginative and prescient of the widespread good in his current encyclical, Fratelli Tutti. He notes that:
“A group could be rebuilt by women and men who establish with the vulnerability of others, who reject the creation of a society of exclusion, and act as an alternative as neighbors, lifting up and rehabilitating the fallen for the sake of the widespread good.” (67)
These phrases are particularly vital in right this moment’s world as we wrestle with so many challenges, that are falling significantly onerous on the poor and susceptible. Challenges like local weather change, racism, joblessness and COVID-19 are pushing us to, as Pope Francis says, rebuild our communities by placing the wants of our susceptible neighbors first.
Typically, politics makes us get caught up in passionate disagreement and divisiveness and we lose the flexibility to dialogue respectfully with these of differing views. We neglect the deeper spirituality and concern for others that ought to floor our civic duty.
We’d do effectively to recollect the Golden Rule: In every little thing do to others as you’d have them do to you (Matthew 7:12).
The Golden Rule is rather more than being good or well mannered. It’s about shifting past ourselves and pondering extra by way of “we” than “me.” A spirituality of the Golden Rule can promote mutual understanding, concord, and justice. No matter our religion, as our spirituality takes on extra depth, it should make us extra attentive to the wants of others. Fascinated by the widespread good turns into a behavior.
Placing the widespread good on the middle additionally helps us in discerning for whom we should always vote. Who will empower our communities to look after essentially the most susceptible? Who has the character, competence and expertise to allow all of us to fulfill our full potential?
As we method Election Day, let’s keep in mind that our vote is about a lot extra than simply political events or platforms and even particular person candidates. It’s actually about exhibiting love for each other and doing our half for the widespread good.
Marcus McFadin is the pastor of Saint Luke Catholic Church in El Paso, TX.