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.


Comments

  1. Oh Katie, I hear ya sister. Try telling people that you usually vote Republican and just watch the assumptions and stereotypes fly.

    Sadly, our nation may be polarized and pigeon-holed beyond salvage. But I keep hoping and praying that our middle ground of common good and shared values will win out. Peace, my friend.

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  2. Carrie@Tempo Life Coaching says

    Beautiful Katie!! Don’t know what else to say but beautiful! The message and love of Jesus has certainly been lost along the way and you seem to understand it, embrace it, and live it. Beautiful!

  3. I’m of the mindset of, those who shout the loudest are the least secure in their beliefs. The people with the Jesus Fish and personalized tags on their cars that read PRS HIM, who wear Scripture ties and try to witness at work…Dude, really? You need to talk about this all the f-ing time? If I knew more Christians like you growing up, I probably could be one today.

  4. just believe in God and God will provide. never doubt His power.just have faith to Him.

  5. God is wise enough not to be identified with either party or political ideology. It’s only men who stereotype God into which party He sides with. God’s agenda is not to advance any of each party’s platform and policies but to advance His Kingdom on earth.

  6. HI Kate. Great post! Check out my last post https://borderlessnewsandviews.com/2012/05/is-the-majority-of-the-gop-just-a-bunch-of-oxy-morons/ I think you’ll like it! Also, look at this: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jesus-was-not-a-Republican/311925502180080 which was formerly JWAD. Let me know what you think! Take care.
    Rich

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