Liberal vs. Conservative

signliberal_conservativeThese terms are often thrown about in a reckless way.  Religiously is it better to be a conservative or a liberal?  Truthfully this depends on the circumstances.  If we are talking about giving we want to be a liberal.  If we are talking about our view of doctrine we generally want to be viewed as conservative.  Really when it comes to either wouldn’t it be better to just be considered Biblical?

Normally, most conservatives would view themselves as “scriptural” and view the liberal as “unscriptural.”  On the other hand someone who considered themselves as “progressive” or “liberal”  would consider themselves as scriptural and conservatives as bound up in legalism.  Is there room for both camps in the church of our Lord?  I would say a resounding YES!  Our definitions have very little to do with the thoughts of God.  God will be judge not man, it isn’t in our hands.

Let me give you something to think about.  The definitions of  “liberal” or “conservative” really have little meaning.  These definitions are determined by the individual using them.  For one they mean one thing for another person they may mean something entirely different. 

I don’t want to be referred to as liberal, progressive, legalistic or even conservative.  I only want to be referred to as Biblical.  My mission is not to determine by human wisdom the correct Greek tense or to break down the Biblical books like a Philadelphia lawyer.  My responsibility is to preach Jesus and to share that lifestyle to those under the realm of my influence.

For many years I have stated that there wasn’t a dimes worth of difference in liberal and conservative.  Most of the time the conservative view  is thought to bind what God has not bound.  We may call this conservate but when we bind what God has not bound we are really liberal with His Word.  On the other hand those considered liberal are considered such because they are thought to loose what God has not loosed.  If this is the case they are being liberal with God’s Word.  In reality whether you bind what God has not bound (conservative) or loose what God has not loosed (liberal)  you cannot be pleasing to God.  Conservative or liberal really doesn’t matter.  Let us just be Biblically centering our work on preaching Jesus as Lord and following Him as the lifestyle we show to the world.


6 Responses to Liberal vs. Conservative

  1. Jerry says:

    Ok….you are biblical! You do know that being biblical puts you in the conservative camp! Whether we like it or not and most of us do not……………We will be put into a category based on how we view scriptures. Good luck with changing the brotherhood. It ain’t gonna happen.

  2. lol Depends on whether you consider yourself liberal or conservative. I may not change the brotherhood but I intend to try as it has taken us over 100 years to get where we are. I don’t want to change much, just where we put our emphasis…..We have to learn to preach Jesus!

  3. Richard says:

    In my experience, the “Conservative/Liberal” labels have been used regarding political party platforms and also in how religious groups support the primary articles of faith in Jesus Christ. In the Churches of Christ, it is confusing to understand why there are so many man-made stumbling blocks that detour us from concentrating of Jesus and Him crucified to save our undeserving souls. It may be said that if we go along with the “local church party line” we are conservative, if not we are liberal. In this regard, I find your comments about liberal vs conservative right-on.

    Politically, those who support policies that are in violation of scripture, e.g., abortion of the most helpless of the human race, support and encouragement of the “gay agenda,” forced redistribution of wealth, etc., are considered liberal, because these policies differ so much from what our U.S. founding fathers had intended and what we as a country supported for so long. Oddly enough, some atheists may not support these “liberal” policies, yet they are considered as “conservative.”

    Even though there may be two (or more) connotations of “Liberal vs Conservative,” I find the political interpretations easy to follow; they are not confusing to me. I hope that followers of Jesus are not confused by the false do-gooder attitude of what is commonly referred to as the “liberal political agenda.” Good job, Dell.
    Regards, Richard

  4. hafford cook says:

    I suggest that we speak where the Bible(New Testament)
    speaks and be silent where it is silent. I don’t think the
    divisions in the brotherhood are limited to only liberal and
    conseravtive. There are also brethren that are concertative
    yet use human institutions.I do not agree with your method
    of identifing conservative and or liberals.The word liberal is a scriptual word. The brotherhood might be better served
    by using the following; conservatives, institutional conservatives, and “far to the left” brethren. For what it
    might be worth.
    Hafford Cook in Maricopa

  5. I have always had problems with our slippery use of the terms “liberal” and “conservative.” Thanks for being a voice …

  6. Guy says:

    To some int the church I am viewed as a Conservative Liberal and to another side of the church I am viewed as a Liberal Conservative.

    But I view myself as one of God’s kids: A Christian.

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