Mercy badly needed

To the Journal editor:

My devoutly Christian friend recently said, “I vote the moral issue, not the person.” He opposes legalized abortion.

His statement puzzles me. Does the end justify the means? How can someone embrace the full political platform of an irreligious groper in order to achieve only one of many Christian moral goals? Shouldn’t Christian mercy compel us to vote for Christ-like policies that shelter the homeless, care for the sick, feed the hungry and clothe the naked? If my Christian friend advocates legislation to end abortions, shouldn’t he also advocate legislation to end hunger, sickness, and homelessness?

He won’t find those corporal works of mercy in the Trump Administration.

When Jesus instructed his disciples to distribute the loaves and fishes to the 5,000, He didn’t tell them to exclude malingerers, addicts, convicts and sinners. Mercy means compassionate forgiveness short of extracting full punishment. Without mercy in government programs, the policy of “right to life” is reduced to a stingy “right to birth.”

Many of those whom my friend calls innocent, embryonic souls will soon need CHIP, Headstart, school nutritional programs, a warm home, healthy parents with access to medical care, educational assistance, equal opportunities for a vocation and a career. They won’t get them from Trump or the Republican Congress.

I believe that sincere Christians should use their democratic votes to encourage a compassionate, merciful government administering Christ-like programs providing basic subsistence and equal health care to all Americans — without prejudging worthy saints and undeserving sinners, “lest ye be judged.”

Robert E. Hicks

Marquette Township