On the Sunday before the election I told those attending our church their vote could affect their prayer life. Why would I say such a thing? Because Isaiah 1 says God won't listen to our prayers if we have innocent shed blood on our hands.
Many people today want to live however they want and expect the church to smile and bless them. Ministers with integrity can't do that because they know they have to stand before God and give account. A couple months ago I explained it this way;
What we are seeing is religious leaders holding their church membership accountable. We can't continue in the delusion that we can live however we want and still count on God's blessing in our lives. Religious leaders know they are accountable to God to point the way to LIFE. Those who support the Campaign for UNHealthy Families in South Dakota need to know they are making CHOICES that come with grave spiritual consequences. It is an act of love to say something to them.
It's heartening to me that I'm hardly alone in refusing to smile and say nothing with regard to the shedding of innocent blood. Fox News reports today a priest in South Carolina sent a letter to those in his parish saying if they voted for Obama they need to repent before taking Communion. Here are the highlights…
COLUMBIA, S.C. - A South Carolina Roman Catholic priest has told his parishioners that they should refrain from receiving Holy Communion if they voted for Barack Obama because the Democratic president-elect supports abortion, and supporting him "constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil."
The Rev. Jay Scott Newman said in a letter distributed Sunday to parishioners at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenville that they are putting their souls at risk if they take Holy Communion before doing penance for their vote…
"Voting for a pro-abortion politician when a plausible pro-life alternative exits constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil, and those Catholics who do so place themselves outside of the full communion of Christ's Church and under the judgment of divine law. Persons in this condition should not receive Holy Communion until and unless they are reconciled to God in the Sacrament of Penance, lest they eat and drink their own condemnation."
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