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Each month, we ask members of a local congregation how their faith guides their lives. This month, we visited First Presbyterian Church in Columbus:
How does your faith affect the way you vote?
B Watt Jorck
When I read the Bible, what comes out to me is the fact that we are to care for the poor, the less fortunate, and those abandoned or excluded by society.
So, when I’m thinking about what we should be doing as a community or city or nation, I look for candidates who share that goal of caring, and that position.
My mother taught me that.
With this year’s elections, I feel that the focus has been heavily on the middle class, the middle class, the middle class. It seems that the poor have been almost invisible.
I believe that is a very strong faith and social justice issue in all of the elections. How we treat those most in need matters very much.
Part of my understanding of who God is — and this is something I bring to almost everything — does have a bearing (on voting). Mostly, my feeling is that we’re all in this together.
I believe that caring for the least of these in life is simply part of my job as a person of faith. That affects everything I hear and listen to.
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