What is a Christian? “Can a Christian be a liberal? Short answer: no.”

Before we get started… here are my thoughts as seen though scripture, history and tradition. A Christian is a person who has heard, responded and does.

1. Heard: A Christian is someone who has heard the message of the person and work of Jesus the Christ.

2. Responded: responded by faith to turn away from the kingdom of self to the kingdom of God by following Christ through lifelong discipleship as a response to the message of what God has done for the world through the vicarious life, death, and resurrection of His Son Jesus.

3. Does: A Christian will expressed this new life of faith through repentance, love of God and love of others within two communities

  1. God’s kingdom community called the church: This community (at it’s most basic form) is marked by love as it centers around and provides two necessary services to the body of Christ.
    • Baptism (community or kingdom identification with Christ’s death burial and resurrection)
    • The Lords Table (community or kingdom celebration of Christ’s atonement and return)
       2. The world: Everything outside of the church.

I read a popular article today from some guy named Doug Giles (below are some quotes and the link) and wanted to comment on what I think a Christian is (the short summary above). The article’s topic and contents made me pretty angry. I was hoping that we might discuss what the author of the article has added to what a Christian is so that any one who believes this crap will be healed.

Here is the link: http://clashdaily.com/2012/08/you-can-be-a-christian-or-a-liberal-but-not-both/

“Can a Christian be a liberal? Short answer: no.”

“For the “Christian” to lean politically to the left means that he must blow off huge chunks of the Bible and replace Scripture with the make-believe notions of PC’s malleable “Christ.” Only after torturing Scripture can the Christian then fit current liberalism into his supposed relationship with God.”

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5 comments on “What is a Christian? “Can a Christian be a liberal? Short answer: no.”

  1. This is interesting as I look at it quite differently. I think that it is very difficult to to fit modern conservatism into a relationship with God. Modern conservatism, or movement conservatism, has shifted so radically to the right that it is nothing like it was even 15-20 years ago. If you look closely at the Republican party (the face of conservatism) you will see a group that strongly supports the corporate elite. They do not believe in social safety nets and, especially in the U.S., have a bitterly profound belief that ‘what’s mine is mine’ and how dare anyone promote equality of income or question the morality of the death penalty. So, does that fall in line with the teachings of Jesus? Does Jesus promote the rise of the corporate elite while His people live in poverty and starve? Does Jesus support the death penalty or should that be His call? Now, having said all of this, I am not a supporter of the Democrats as I find that they are also allied with the corporate elitists – including Mr. Obama.

    To me, being a Christian requires us to love God and love our neighbors. Jesus is not a political platform to be manipulated, nor is He a means to spew out hatred and judgement upon people who do not share the same values as oneself. Jesus should be the one who brings everyone together and, quite frankly, the movement conservatives are, instead, the ones using Him as a weapon to divide us all.

  2. disableme says:

    Well said. As a critical-realist I am seeing some major issues with the use or exploitation of foundationalism to provide people with something to believe in without thinking (e.g.: political platforms, McDonalds).

  3. andrewteach says:

    Intolerance in the name of God , nothing worse. This is the tripe that makes being a Christian something we have to defend. He says Christians are marginalized and looked down on, well his thoughts and the thoughts of his ilk that are as condeming and intoletant as that is what has given Christianity the standing we have. It hurts my heart.

  4. disableme says:

    I was happy to see the many comments that disagreed with him.

  5. andrewteach says:

    Reblogged this on Poetic Journeys and commented:
    This article is scary however this bloggers response in perfect.

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