Sometimes in discussing life in general, especially among Christian folks, someone will ask the question… “Are you liberal or conservative?” Not an easy task to answer that question. In some areas we need to be liberal and in others we should be conservative. Liberal with our service to the Lord, liberal with our love for our fellow-man, liberal with our finances toward the church, liberal with the time we devote to family…and the list continues. In other areas we should be conservative. Conservative in regard to our following of Bible principles in our manner of life, conservative in our reckless spending of our money, conservative in the offering of advice to folks who didn’t ask for our advice, conservative in our meaningless promotion of self to the exclusion of others worth…and the list goes on.
Was Jesus a liberal or a conservative? If he lived physically in Hammon Oklahoma, would he be a Republican or a Democrat? Kind of a silly question and the answers are equally silly…right? Some folks love to put people in little boxes in reference to how we think they believe or act. Be careful about using scriptures to pigeon hole certain people. Does scripture address Jesus’ political leanings? It may be surprising to learn that it does not. In fact, the only time Jesus himself addresses the matter is in John 18:36. He told Pilate, “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” The language could hardly be any clearer.
Jesus had a strong economic philosophy? In the parable of the laborers who all received the same wages, he taught that all people who submit to the will of God will receive eternal life. In the parable of the talents, he illustrated the classic free-market enterprise system.
In social issues, Jesus consorted with sinners. He dined with sinners, talked to women, reached out to the Samaritans. To the woman caught in adultery, Jesus said, “Go, and sin no more.” (Jn.8:11). In a spiritual vein, Jesus said: “If you love me, keep my commandments.” (Jn.14:15). In the sermon on the mount he said, “Not everyone that says Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father.” (Matt.7:21).
QUESTION… Is the Hammon Church of Christ liberal or conservative. ANSWER… We are just Christian folks doing God’s Will to the best of our ability. In some ways liberal and in others conservative. Label us if you must…but be careful with your descriptive phrases! That might label you?????