Were Jesus in some of our churches today, he'd likely be turning over communion tables, dashing offering plates into pieces, baptizing the marginalized, and performing ordination ceremonies for women.
Christian liberals are told constantly that we cannot exist, that the very label "Christian Left" is an oxymoron. Liberal Christian erasure is a very real thing, and it's time we pushed back.
I consider myself Christian-among-other-things. Raised a Methodist, I still believe in the Christian creed, liberally interpreted
Liberals and conservatives, Protestants and Catholics are all having to come to terms with an increasingly secular landscape. Aspiring to be more like Ross Douthat's vision of Christian orthodoxy, in other words, is no longer a hedge against decline, if it ever really was.
In the deepest recesses of his heart, Fred Rogers was an unabashed universalist who believed that God never gives up on any of us exactly because we are all essentially good, valuable, and lovable: God is the Great Appreciator, and we are the greatly appreciated.
We've become liberal about our liberalism, to our own detriment and that of the world. What if we could restore the radical edge and dynamic energy of religious liberalism? What would the world look like if, instead of advertising religion lite, religious liberals became the most observant people around?
We liberal religious folks have too often ceded the cultural playing field to fundamentalist activists, who've organized themselves for the purposes of advocacy. It's time for progressive Christians to stand up and let their voices be heard.
I'm looking to be a good person. In order to repair what has been done to me, I need to start within and look at where I'm going blind. That's been the hardest part of all of this -- because what I miss most about the religion I grew up in was the tenet to love thy neighbour as thyself.
My teeth have been among those set on edge by Focus. But I have found that when you keep your eyes open, you may be surprised by what you see. And when you maintain an open mind, you might be astonished by the changes that can take place in your perceptions and opinions.
Well,I don't think the problem is that you want no part of the label "Christian." It's that you want no part of the label moron.