[This post was originally published on June 24, 2010. The content has been edited, updated, and expanded.]
I write this coming off a hard week of Facebook exchanges with a conservative Christian. Good guy, from what I can tell, with a good heart. Just very conservative. So I now have this picture of myself as a scary, ultra-liberal. I don’t think that’s who I am (and he never used those words), but here, for the benefit of all, I will “come clean” about my views (both political and theological).
1. I believe Jesus Christ is the risen Son of God and that salvation comes through him alone. I also happen to believe that if he is in fact God, then he will unite people with God who do not fit the formula the church has established. People get upset with me for thinking this, but why? Can I not leave it to God to do what God will do?
2. I am pro-life. God cares as much about the already-born as he does about the unborn, so I believe social justice is critical as well.
3. I am pro free-market. However, because so many people lack internal constraints based on well-grounded moral principles, the market must be regulated to keep individual self-interest from shipwrecking the country (if it hasn’t already).
4. I believe in “Just War” theory. I am not a pacifist, but lean strongly in that direction.
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