Being Liberal

It’s funny. Theologically, I don’t consider myself a liberal at all. My views simply feel to me like growth into knowledge, which has happened over a long period of time, and which actually include far more claims to not know than to know. But I know I am seen by some — perhaps many — as being liberal which, I think, will happen when a person stops claiming to know things that some might believe the Christian faith absolutely depends upon knowing.

I have even met people who simply say, “You’re a liberal,” and think my own opinion of my views doesn’t matter at all. They need so much to put me in a box so they can oppose me. Interesting it’s always conservatives who do that. When I side with conservatives on things, liberals never try to force me into the conservative box. I wonder if that means anything.

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  • After listening to many of your sermons and teachings…..I see you as a good mix. You have always helped me think outside of the box and I appreciate that more than you will ever know!

    • Thank you. I really think the gospel message is neither conservative nor liberal. I think one of our greatest problems is the one I cited in this post. Pastors who consistently talk about the message Jesus thought was the message tend to be considered liberal, and pastors who consistently talk about the message evangelical culture says is the message are considered mainstream and conservative.

  • Dan Flowers

    You’re just a conservative. I dismiss you.

    • You can’t dismiss me. I had already dismissed you first.

  • Irma

    It’s not just “Christians” who have a corner on the judgement market. The older I get, the more I see, from my perspective, that THE only reason anyone has to have some measured feelings (or judgements) is an attempt to justify choices they make, that they want to give the appearance as somehow “correct” when, choices are choices… Not to be labeled right or wrong. Sometimes, those decisions result in something you consider a gift, and at other times, bring you to your knees, when you accept the lesson you needed to learn.

    I just read “Crossroads” and it has, with a lot of other things, changed my life. God doesn’t want to puppeteer us, or have us attempt to do so with others, by forcing our opinions on them. He wants to participate with us, on our journey, and experiences, as we stay open to HIS will, and guidance, not our pathetic attempt to control those around us, to try to make our outcomes match our almighty will. What a relief, that we aren’t God, who I suspect does a lot less judging of us than we do each other…

    • Very well said, Irma. Definitely Christians don’t have a corner on the judgment market. Some of the most judgmental people I know are irreligious people who sit in judgment on religious people and make snide and condescending remarks about people of faith.

  • Joanie Williams

    Being non judgemental, caring , merciful, accepting others as they are, loving others… Is exactly how Jesus walked this earth, this is the example we are to follow, righteousness is of God and there is much scripture to back it up! Leading someone in love and along with scripture, accepting them while they learn and grow( just as each of us has had to do by the way) is much different than judgement… Crossing that line is a sin. Entering into judgement is dangerous for the supposed believer… Satan is cunning… Those who do not show mercy will not be shown mercy, mercy triumphs, those who judge will be judged. Love covers a multitude of sins… God bless:)

    • You’ll surely get no argument from me, Joanie, that we can trust God’s timing and love.