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On the folly of political endorsements by church leaders.

Recognizing the eschatological nature of the Church and that her citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20) should give us a much-needed perspective on the politics of this passing world. The things over which we argue are important, but not ultimate; they are ephemeral, not eternal. Eventually all the cannon-fire of this world will die away, including the cannon-fire generated by our politics. The Church’s orientation and its message must be one the things that remain and will never die away. Endorsing one candidate over another too easily involves wrapping ourselves in a flag of this world. That would be a mistake, for on the Last Day, all flags will burn. Only the Kingdom of God will remain, rising like a phoenix from the ashes of this world.

Fr. Lawrence Farley