A Christian AND A Liberal?

The saying in my small town is that there is a church on every corner.  And really, it’s not far from the truth.  We are a small community and have about 20 churches in our small city and township limits — most of them being Christian Reformed Churches.

Not surprisingly, we also have a lot of Republicans.

My husband and I both grew up in the church with conservative Christian families.

Neither my husband nor I consider ourselves “conservative” or “Republican”.

But we do call ourselves Christian.

There are a lot of people out there who associate Christians with the Conservative Right Wing. It’s unfortunate, because those “Christians” tend to yell the loudest about their beliefs and what they say God wants.  They drown out anyone else who wants to show the love of Jesus.

Yes.  It’s possible for a liberal to be a Christian.

In fact, when I think of the kind of guy Jesus probably was, I imagine him as a liberal. He hung out with thieves and robbers and hookers.  He fed the hungry.  He healed the poor and sick.  And he was disgusted by the pompous, rich blow-holes who called themselves leaders and politicians.

His reward?  Mocked, beaten and killed.

But he sure did love mankind. He sure did want to help people. He wanted to make things better.

And he loved unconditionally.

Each day I go to work in a high school. Each morning I sit in my car and think about the lesson Jesus taught in Matthew 25 about separating the “sheep” from the “goats”:

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” ~Matthew 25: 40

While I do not think of myself as a “sheep,” I do think of how Jesus taught us to love one another. How he wanted us to love the very “least” of people.

Every day I look at teenagers who feel that they are the “least”. Who have been ignored or abused or told they are no good. Those who have nothing and feel that they are nothing and will never be anything but a pile of nothing.

This is where my liberal bleeding heart was born.  In my classroom.

Am I a Christian?  Absolutely.

Do I vote Democrat?  Almost always.

It’s hard to fit in around these parts. People assume if you are a Christian, you are into Focus on the Family and George W. Bush and that you are Pro-Life and anti-immigration and you want tax cuts for the rich and cure homosexuality.

Needless to say, it’s hard to find a church where we fit in.

We are Christians who believe in choice.  We know not everyone is a Christian, and we are Ok with that.  We want to be love to them, but not force them to believe what we do.

We are liberals and we are Christian.