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Faithful Citizenship


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Faithful Citizenship

  1. 1. Faithful Citizenship Ethical Considerations in an Election Year by Patrick McCormick
  2. 2. Our duty <ul><li>Moral obligation to work for the common good for our community, our nation and our planet. </li></ul><ul><li>To work for peace and justice. </li></ul><ul><li>To work for a just and moral society. </li></ul><ul><li>Press our government to protect vibrant and fair economy. </li></ul><ul><li>To work for a global economy that is just and sustainable. </li></ul><ul><li>To work for taxes and spending that distributes the burdens and benefits of our economy fairly. </li></ul><ul><li>To work for full employment and fair labor and trading practices for all. </li></ul><ul><li>To be peacemakers by working against violence that comes from poverty, fear and ignorance. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Human dignity – we are bound to others. <ul><li>We have personal and professional covenants that bind us to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People of this country and world </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Why do we have a duty to serve the common good? <ul><li>As Christians there are two reasons: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Humans are sacred and entitled to a full range of political, economic, cultural and religious rights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Humans are social and so they find their fulfillment in peaceful and just communities </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Our duty is played out… <ul><li>through our participation in society: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>in personal relationships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in our work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in our civic duty (voting and participating in the political system) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Formed and informed civic conscience <ul><li>We must do the HARD WORK to form and inform our conscience, so that we can do our civic duty well. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Four things one must seek out in order to form/inform one’s conscience well: <ul><ul><li>Seek out good information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seek out good counsel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seek out the SILENCED VOICES </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seek to understand the 4 VOICES of the Christian tradition </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Form/Inform your conscience: seek out good info/counsel <ul><ul><li>honest and humble effort to get most accurate and best info on critical issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>economy, global warming, immigration, Iraq War, etc </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seek wide range of expert voices (trustworthy and authoritative). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- this does not mean those that parrot back to you what you want to hear. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Form/Inform your conscience: Seek out the SILENCED VOICES <ul><ul><li>Seek out the most difficult info: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>silenced VOICES (the most authoritative voices) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>these voices are the poor and marginalized…considered valueless in our society. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>valueless, and therefore discarded/ disregarded -> silenced. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Form/Inform your conscience: 4 VOICES of Christian tradition <ul><li>Voice of Scripture </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Biblical vision of righteous/just community </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We must attend to this vision by our civic actions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Voice of Tradition </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Listen to the voices of past theologians and pastors who have struggled with issues of war, poverty, immigration for 100s of years. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Form/Inform your conscience: 4 VOICES of Christian tradition <ul><li>Voice of Experience </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pay attention to experience </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ask about results of previous and similar choices </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ask about the experience of people affected by these decisions </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ask about the experience of the poor and marginalized </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Voice of Reason </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use critical thinking skills to evaluate candidates and their policies </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Search for all available alternatives/options and weigh the consequences of all different courses of action. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Our duty after we have done the HARD WORK <ul><li>We must demand our government preserve and protect a full range of civil and political liberties and social and economic rights for all its citizens, and that our nation respect and honor international agreements and treaties protecting and defending these rights abroad. </li></ul>