Will a vote for Donald Trump usher in an American Great Awakening fashioned by Catholic social teaching? Probably not. Will a Donald Trump presidency completely transform America’s cultural understanding to that of Catholically motivated Gospel ideals? Not likely. Will Donald Trump save America? Not even close.
Maybe this is the wrong way to ask these questions. Reformulating them may allow the bigger picture to become more clear.
Will a Trump presidency preserve the ability for Catholics to work towards ushering in an American Great Awakening fashioned by Catholic social teaching? It is possible. Will a Donald Trump presidency allow Catholics the freedom to completely transform America’s cultural understanding to that of Catholically motivated Gospel ideals? It is conceivable. Will a Donald Trump presidency permit Catholics to save America through the Gospel of Jesus Christ? It may indeed.
I am not arguing that the earthly mission of the Church Militant is contingent upon the election of Donald Trump. Not even close. Our mission moves forward no matter the obstacles we face. I am arguing that the freedom to accomplish our calling as Catholics, as the Church Militant, will most likely not be as infringed upon with a Trump presidency. Why set up the political obstacles that will inevitably follow from a Clinton presidency if we can avoid it? As Catholics, who would we rather have as a political leader, Nero or Constantine? Cyrus or Antiochus? Trump or Clinton? If you are holding out for a Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, or Saint Paul, then you may be asking the wrong questions while simaltaneously setting up an impossible ideal for any candidate to resemble.
In addition to various policies, Catholics should consider under which candidate they will be able to live their vocations most freely.
– Lucas G. Westman