A very unusual thing happened to me today. During a debate on twitter about women priests and bishops I was called liberal.
This is a first for me!
Now much as I love the West Wing – I personally have never liked the term liberal, neither do I consider myself liberal. Far from it. Now I don’t like pigeon holing – it assumes too much but if I had to pin colours to a mast I am happy to say I am an evangelical and ‘conservative’ Christian (not though a conservative evangelical) and by and large have, what I would like to think of as, a considered orthodoxy.
However I am a Christian conservative that is happy to be challanged with alternate views. I hope I don’t allow my conservatism to get in the way of my learning, being open to the still small voice of God or that dreaded word in the Church – “change”.
I believe in God’s call to to women to the priesthood and the episcopacy (vicars & bishops!). I am happy to have my views (such as they are) on human sexuality challenged and debated.
I am an orthodox Christian trying to live in God’s changing world and Church and to work out his call on us individually and as a body corporate. Most of all I believe that Jesus’ primary concern was for us to love one another with the love he showed us. To accept one another and not to judge – so that we might be effective witnesses of his Holy gospel – that the people he loved so much he died for them, might come to know him.
So if that makes me liberal I am right up there with Matt Santos ‘Call me liberal’. Bring it on.