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.”