For the “Christian” to lean politically to the left means that he must blow off huge chunks of the Bible and replace the scripture with the make-believe notions of postmodernismâ€™s malleable “Christ.” Only after torturing the scripture can the Christian then fit liberalism into his supposed relationship with God.
I know that I’ve written about this before (more than once!) but it is a theme I’ll keep coming back to. This kind of stuff really cheeses me off. Christians on the Right are constantly assuming that every other conclusion is sub-Christian and based on something other than the Bible. And it really is a loathsome habit.
The thing is, I don’t mind being told I’m wrong or that I’ve misunderstood the scriptures. I know one thing with with absolute certainty: I am wrong about some things. You know what? You are too, gentle reader. To be ignorant and mistaken is part of the human condition after all. So tell me if you think I’ve reached a mistaken conclusion or have got hold of the wrong end of the stick in my interpretation of the Bible. We can sit down, have a beer (or tea if you’d prefer), chew the fat. Maybe one of us will be persuaded, maybe not. But if the conversation has as its most basic assumption our fundamental unity in Christ it will be fruitful.
The thing is, although I know I’m wrong about some stuff, I don’t know which stuff. If I knew which of my beliefs and opinions were mistaken I’d have different beliefs and opinions! So I live as though I’m right about everything — it’s the only way to get anything done — whilst, I hope, being open to the views of others.
You read the Bible? So do I! If we disagree what it means, one or both of us is wrong. But if you think that we can’t legitimately disagree about economics, health care, defence, welfare, immigration and all the rest and remain brothers and sisters in Christ then I say without fear of contradiction - you are wrong. You are.