I was talking to some of my liberal friends today. In the light of the recent events at the UN, I had to seek an alternate opinion. The surgeon that I happened to be working with today was Jewish and has actually been to the Middle East… and was a flaming liberal. Although he went on a twenty minute rant about how the “Jews were being bad to the poor Palestinians, blah, blah,” until my eyes glazed over… I’m not going to tell you how it went. Lets just say that I ended the debate with “You’d probably would have been one of those Jews who willingly climbed onto that train, while believing how your benevolent government was going to help you…” Lets say it didn’t end well. No matter the situation, I can’t seem to grasp the concept of siding with your enemy against your own people. I know it happens. There were liberal Jews who sided with the Pharisees against the famous Jew known as Jesus. There were liberal Jews that sided with the German government in 1940. George Soros was one of the more famous of these dissenters. He actually escaped the Nuremberg trials because of his Jewish heritage. If I use Occam’s razor as a solution, I guess it boils down to the fact that sometimes you just have to stick it to your own kind. No matter how I look at it, I still can’t understand it.
Another issue that is nearly the same in my book, is Christians that are liberal. I have recently discovered that there are grey areas in the Jewish faith that may allow you to explain away the confusion. But in the Christian faith, this decision is purely black and white. Just like with the Jews, I can’t see supporting anyone or any government that is actively working to do you and people of your faith serious harm.
My mother has a liberal friend that claims to be Christian. I am no psychologist or a theologian, but I’ve thought long and hard on this. Is it really possible to be a liberal and a Christian at the same time?
To answer this, you must first consider some basic theological tenets: Jesus came to this planet centuries ago with only one thing in mind. He wanted to provide an escape for humankind from being eternally condemned. Unfortunately for many, it’s not an easy path to follow. If you look through the New Testament, there are many accounts of people wanting to follow Jesus, but just couldn’t manage to give up their worldly passions to do it.
God knew that humans were habitual sinners and the system that was in place wasn’t working. Something else had to be done. So, Jesus came and died on the cross, and in doing so, created a permanent method through which any human being could be delivered from eternal condemnation. This also made the road to salvation more direct. Those grey areas that the Jewish people would frequently debate about, Jesus actually came and took them away.
This is why dedicated Christians are known for quoting from the Word of God, and trying to lead others to faith in Christ. Their salvation from actual burning in hell is the primary motivator in everything they do. Their desire to see others saved from the same eternal condemnation is a priority to them above anything else in their lives.
A liberal Christian, however, is an entirely different animal. They choose to define themselves by their beliefs and involvement in liberal movements above anything else. These liberal movements could be anything from abortion, to gay rights, to feminism, to racial advocacy, to affirmative action, to whatever the current flavor is of the day. Liberal Christianity can be shown in many different ways. However, a very common method is what they simply call the “love of Jesus.” This is a very nebulous term that is, in actuality, devoid of meaning.
Liberal Christians never talk about salvation. None of them talk about what Jesus did on the cross. Rather, they focus on something else. They seem to promote a type of lifestyle that is totally dependent on self. It is all about bettering one’s self, saving one’s self, relying on one’s own strength and action, and showing fairness.
They will tell people that Jesus taught about accepting others, and for that reason, homosexuals must feel accepted and be allowed to celebrate their choice in lifestyle regardless of what the Old Testament says. They want to create a sort of utopia where everyone is fed and taken care of and nurtured. In the mind of a liberal, the best way to accomplish that dream is through a big powerful all encompassing government that controls everything.
The liberal Christians who embrace this concept simply miss the whole aim of Christianity. For them there is no accountability. No matter what it is, if one wants to do it and likes the way it feels, then go ahead. There is a total embrace of everything in today’s society. Liberal Christianity is not centered on Christ at all, but, instead, it is centered on their world and the world view.
What ends up being offered is a buffet style Christianity, allowing people to take the portions of the Bible that make them feel good while ignoring everything else. When challenged on what they choose to believe, they tell the accuser that he is judgmental and has misquote a single verse in the Bible where Jesus told us to “judge not.”
In reality, the whole objective of that biblical verse is not to inform the reader that it is wrong to judge, but, rather, to be painfully aware of the measuring stick that is being used by God. In short, all of the warnings we find in the Bible do not mean that the act of judgment is always a negative action. The reality is that we will all be judged in the end by God’s standards as put forth in His Word.
The life of a Christian liberal is not centered on Christ nor is it based on the Bible. This is proven by their defending the right to murder an unborn child or for the homosexual lifestyle to be glorified. For this reason, a new way is needed to attract supporters. This new ideal becomes acceptable by the church because it gets the revenue up, and who couldn’t use a little more money? But this new Christianity is being dishonest and harmful to the people who are honestly seeking salvation.
The easiest avenue to take is often a very poorly disguised New Age form of spirituality. It gives all the right connotations of being loving and having a spiritual theme. They begin to use left-wing tactics to motivate their congregation and begin doing things that inflate a sense of self-worth and importance instead of concentrating on faith.
This New Age, feel-good faith, is not really faith at all. Rather, it takes the basic Christian structure of community and church and makes it into something more attractive to those who are secularists. All through the history of the progressive movement are individuals who use their position inside their faith to garner support of causes that are not Biblical or church related at all. The church becomes rather an “activity center.”
Anyone can claim to be Christian. But to be a faith is to actually hold to the core beliefs of that faith. Otherwise, God is being created in their image. He becomes a god who holds only to what they want to be true. In a sense, it’s a form of idolatry.
In short, the answer to the original question is “no.” Christianity and liberalism cannot coexist. Once someone turns from faith in the scripture and from the laws of God, they have designed their own religion. This is America, and people are free to do that if they choose. But please do not call it Christianity. Christianity is the coming to a relationship with God through a faith in Jesus Christ in response to the sacrifice He endured. To call it anything else is wrong, and quite possibly evil.