Rethinking the labels

Rethinking the labels

I spent a few hours last night with some dangerous thinkers (who shall remain nameless to protect the guilty). There are many in my social circle that have drifted outside the realm of conservative Christian thought. I sometimes feel like I’m the most conservative Christian in some groups, but the most liberal in others.

I’ve begun to question the validity of our traditional labels of conservative and liberal. Many might consider my view of scripture liberal yet I believe very firmly in the miraculous. Politically I lean right in terms of taxation and the free market economy but I believe in some government monoplies and Canada’s ratification of the Kyoto Accord.

I think we need new to guideposts for our thinking. Our traditional categories don’t suit today’s spiritual and intellectual climate.

  1. #1 by JJ on November 18, 2002 - 1:05 am

    Yeah, it’s all screwed up and that’s a good thing. I too find myself to be partly right and partly left, and mostly anarchist, preferring to ignore the labels as much as possible…

  2. #2 by Russ on November 18, 2002 - 11:51 am

    I agree completely. The problem I have with labels is that they begin to enforce loyalty. I know democrats who faced with a ticket that had a republican and a fascist would vote fascist, and I know republicans who would vote for a marxist over a democrat.

  3. #3 by Jer on November 19, 2002 - 4:08 pm

    I don’t know….. sounds like heresy!

  4. #4 by Mike on November 22, 2002 - 5:13 am

    When we realise that what most ‘conservative’ christians believe now may well have got them burnt at the stake a few hundred years ago, we understand that the religious church often gets it wrong. Those whose views differ from the preferred doctrine are called ‘Heretics’ and attacked by the church, when they may in fact be correct.

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