Liberal and Conservative Like Jesus

Liberal_ConservativeLiberal and conservative are inflammatory words.  Say them in the wrong company and the guns come out.

We’ve seen the extent of the breach that these words have caused in our current Congress.  No one wanted the honored position of Speaker of the House because the position is so fraught.  Time after time our national economy is brought to the brink of paralysis because of the inability of Congress to go beyond the impasse created by Liberal-Conservative name calling.

The great irony of Liberal-Conservative is that if you twist into a circle the pole on which the two extremes lie, Liberal and Conservative end up sitting next to each other.  Each as intractable and opinionated as the other.  Neither able to move the bar when it comes to serving the needs of those around them.  They are too busy debating policy and issues.  Too fixated on a single opinion and not able to flex and collaborate.

Having sat on the conservative end of the polarity most of my life, I understand the thinking.  I grew up in the conservative South, in a conservative home, and when to a conservative church.  The conversations in my home about my more liberal aunts and uncles were interesting, to say the least.  What I didn’t understand at my young age, was that the liberal side of the family was having the same conversation in their homes about us.

I’d like to redefine Liberal/Conservative.  I like liberal when it stands for liberal in generosity, kindness, openness, coöperation and collaboration.  I like liberal when it means being liberal in concern about the disenfranchised, poor, and alienated.  It’s the same sort of liberality that Jesus showed when he gathered little children to bless them, touched lepers to heal them, and gave time to the questioning and lost in order to orient them.

I like conservative when it means holding to traditional values like love, service, inclusion, and communication.  Conservative is good when it means using power conservatively rather than destructively or selfishly.  Cautiousness is a hallmark of good conservatism when it is used for wise and judicious choices in governing.  Conservatism when it stands for a closed mind and closed society is not good because it silences good and wonderful minds that can contribute to the welfare of our world.

Jesus was a liberal when he sat on the edge of a Samaritan well and talked to a woman.  He was conservative when he taught the woman about water that really quenches thirst.  The tension he created between the two ideas was Liberalism/Conservatism at their best.

O for that kind of world!

3 thoughts on “Liberal and Conservative Like Jesus”

  1. I like your post liberal and conservative like Jesus. Sentence

    It is really sad that elected politicians can not give a little. My way or the highway rules. We are a country made up of many different people. The different political natures are something off in a different universe.

    I mentioned the other day about some employers treat their workers right, you don’t get a job there until someone dies of old age. We have a business like that here in a little town not far away, called Brookings South Dakota I will send you the URL to their employee benefits. I find it really quite surprising for a small state like ours. The company did move here because it’s a conservative state. They got some very good tax benefits for moving their business here, plus a lower wage area. This is one of the few businesses that has made that move and treated the people right. They had an exceptional year not too many years back and each employee got a $5000 Christmas bonus. I will post a URL link down below.

    On another subject. I don’t know if you have exchanged comments with a lady named Thia, living over in Jordan. She feels a real burden to spread the good news. She has been down spirit lately because her blogging site hasn’t had very many responses. I just sent a comment to her, she is very unhappy woman. She cannot understand people just not accepting the word as she writes it on her blog site. I just thought you might want to check out her blog and maybe comment on it. That would make her day brighter.

    It looks like we might survive Blogging 101, has been a hectic week for me.
    So long for now, best wishes, keep in touch.

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