Religion and Politics (1st of 3 Posts)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

(This has nothing to do with adoption or the Gladney Center; it just relates to me. I assume if you read my blog, you may want to know more about me. So here goes….)

At the risk of inspiring scorn from almost everyone who might read this, I think of myself as a liberal, evangelical Christian. Is there anyone else out there in my quadrant ? The word “liberal” continues to carry negative baggage and many people equate “evangelical” to “nutcase”.

Let me work backwards on these terms. Here I’ll define Christian. In my next two posts, I’ll define liberal and evangelical.

For some, being a Christian means going to church fairly often. For others, it means God will judge you favorably as a Christian if the good outweighs the bad, and therefore you make the cut. It’s really difficult for me to get my arms around this concept. Good deeds – 5463; sins – 4489; therefore, I go to the good place when I die. (Heaven; not Texas) But if the numbers were reversed, I’d be sweating for eternity. I don’t buy it. What if I just missed by one too few good works ? What if it’s a tie – where do I go then ? This is the logical extension of what a lot of people believe – “oh, I hope I’ve been good enough”. Well, you haven’t. Neither have I. Not even close. Do you really want to see your ledger ? I don’t.

I believe God inspired the Biblical authors, so I’m inclined to look there for my definition. Many passages make it crystal clear that true faith in Christ is what matters.

Romans 10:9 states it plainly:
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.”

That’s pretty straightforward. When I say Christian, that’s what I mean. There, that was the easy one.

1 comment:

Beau Fournet said...

Thanks for sharing. I look forward to the next two parts. Love Romans 10:9...was working through that one with one of my daughters two nights ago. That and Ephesians 2:8-10 were the ones I pondered on the most when I became a Christian ten years ago.