Bobby Angel talks about our call to love one another—yes, even after the election.
Election season can bring a lot of division into the light, especially within our own families and friends groups. While this may be hard to navigate through, it’s important to remember that as Catholics we are called to love our neighbor no matter where they live, what state of life they’re in, or what their beliefs are. This is even more important during election season when tensions are so high. It’s essential that we treat each other with the dignity and respect they deserve as fellow children of God.
During this time we may be inclined to think that our vote or opinion on politics will be the thing that changes the hearts of those around us, but it’s much more than that. The way we live our lives and how we choose to be a witness of Christ is what inspires those around us, and that’s what will create real change in the world. Yes, voting is important—and so is standing up for our morals and beliefs—but being Christ to those around us is something we can do every day, all year round, not just during an election year.
It’s also important to remember that, as Catholics, this world is not our final destination. This election may lead to a positive change in society or it might not, but as Christians our faith rests in a God who has already prepared a place for us in a world much more perfect than this. It’s how we are loving those around us that prepares us for eternal salvation.
“‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends… You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. This I command you, to love one another.’”(John 15:12-13, 16-17)
Meet Jackie and Bobby Angel
Jackie Francois Angel is a full-time worship leader and speaker. Bobby Angel is a campus minister and theology teacher at a Catholic high school. Married in 2013, they have four beautiful children and strive to grow in holiness each day!