Just as voters who are drunk or high on drugs should not vote, voters in a state of sin also should not vote.
The last thing the country needs is to have persons with clouded judgment or clouded motives exercising political power, including exercising the power to vote. Yet that is exactly what we would get, with voters casting ballots while in a state of sin.
Voting in a state of sin would distort judgment and perceptions, make it harder to act for good and make it easier to act for ill.
Sin clouds judgment and reorients priorities in the wrong direction. Habits of sin also make it easier for forces of temptation, including personified evil, to work their way into perceptions, thinking and decisionmaking.
Making matters worse, we have an election where sin has been infused into certain political ideologies. It is as if some candidates for President, for example, would like to be Enabler-in-Chief instead of Commander-in-Chief.
An Enabler-in-Chief would be someone who provides the serious sinner with the false pseudo-comfort of an “easy” way out, being told by the candidate that their evil doings, such as moral depravity, prenatal childkilling, euthanasia or so-called “assisted suicide”, are just fine, that there is no need to deal with the anxiety of confronting their guilty conscience, confessing the truth, repenting, converting and seeking a new life.
Now, some might try to argue that everybody is a sinner, and perhaps try to manipulate the question brush the whole matter aside.
To some extent that is true, although it is possible, for example, for a Catholic voter to go to Confession, receive Absolution, declare and seek a complete rejection of sin, then vote.
Nevertheless, let us revise the imperative to refer to serious sin, or rather grave sin or mortal sin. Those who have killed others, without doing so in legitimate self-defense or the defense of others, should not vote. That includes those who have involved themselves with prenatal child-killing, so-called “abortion.” Exceptions might be made for those who have sincerely repented and converted, which, for Catholics, would mean taking the necessary steps, currently in place, to have their automatic Excommunication lifted.
An added problem such a voter gets into, however, is that, when a candidate is pro-abortion, or otherwise promotes serious sin, it becomes sinful to even engage in the act of voting, in favor of the Candidate Promoting Sin. And doing so also would call into question the sincerity of the sinful voter’s claim to have repented.
For example, consider a voter who is a chronic masturbator, who sometimes has seized opportunities to fornicate, who got themselves involved with a pregnancy as the male or the female, and then got connected with an abortion murdering their child in the womb, either as the mother or as the father. Perhaps the childkiller/ fornicator/ masturbator takes advantage of the current Pope’s Year of Mercy option to clear their status and escape damnation just by going to Confession. And perhaps, with God’s Grace, they even abstain from masturbating and further fornicating. If they then squander their new-found Graces, and cast aside their new life of freedom from evil by voting for a pro-abortion candidate, their repentance would be in doubt, and they would be sinning anew.
Those who have engaged in sexual gratification or activity of any kind, outside of Sacramental Marriage, are in a state of grave sin and should not vote.That includes adultery, fornication, sodomy, solo masturbation, mutual masturbation, the viewing of pornography and perhaps even looking at some other person in a lustful manner.
Christ said clearly that looking at another person with lust is like committing adultery in the heart.
Another problem today is that there are those who are so entrenched in sin that they have built up all sorts of structures sustaining it, such as cohabitating in a sinful “relationship” with shared housing, or using their business life to promote sin, such as belonging to a law firm that boasts about employing persons living in sin.
Those engaging in theft, or dishonesty, or other grave sins also should abstain from voting, although some might argue about how serious or large the theft or dishonesty has to be.
What is particularly bizarre in the current election is the presence of candidates promoting abortion. The only “religions” pushing for the killing of children, in the womb or already born, are ancient demon-worshiping pagan rites and subsets of Satanists. So one confronts a situation of an ideology of child-killing embraced only by demon-worshiping pagans, certain Satanists, and a handful of political parties and their minions. That the political parties doing so try to recast the matter with manipulative false arguments, perhaps seeking to portray the evil as something opposite, is not only not surprising. False arguments and manipulation, and evil trying to pose as “good” is a common modus operandi of evil. In the Gospel we even see that the devil itself tried to misquote Holy Scripture when seeking to tempt Christ in the desert.
We need voters thinking clearly, acting for good; we do not need the country’s future disrupted and diverted by voters in an altered state of bad judgment and corrupt spirituality, perhaps additionally with devils pushing them to think themselves clever if they vote for the devils’ candidate.
Yet, in this narcissistic childish culture, perhaps it would be easier to put it another way.
Voters in a state of sin are not really themselves. It would be analogous to them being drunk or high on drugs, or in some other altered state.
While in a state of sin, they are in conflict with the true them, as well as in conflict with their true hearts. The Law of God, God’s Law of Love that stands in conflict with sin, is engraved on the flesh tablets of the human heart. If we sin, we not only stand in conflict with God; we stand in conflict with our own true hearts.
At the very least, voters in a state of sin have clouded judgment, distracted distorted perceptions, and motivations that are different from the motivations that they would have as their true selves, in union with God, as the good person, the real person God Created them to be.
Voters in a state of sin, particularly a state of grave sin, should not vote.