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Progressive Christians

Quiet, elusive, pensive, insular, the progressive Christian‘s habitat is the same as all other of its species. They live in and around conservative Christians as well as Atheists and subscribers to other religions. They camouflage well in any sort of setting, one of their traits is entertaining and discussing other points of view, making their own beliefs difficult to observe. Some think that since a definite and unified belief system is hard to pin down between progressive Christians, there must not be a belief system intact. Here on Good Friday, I am going to tell you about some of those beliefs because progressive Christians’ beliefs are as genuine and legitimate as anyone else’s belief system.

A progressive Christian is someone who is inspired spiritually and morally by Jesus.That is probably the closest you can get to a unifying belief system, from that point on, you cannot talk about beliefs in the plural tense. Since I am familiar with many progressive Christians, I can give some examples of their beliefs. Continue reading

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Who Says Who is a Christian?

The President made a connection between his personal beliefs as a Christian and his executive decisions last week at the National Prayer Breakfast. That part of his speech has enraged some conservative Christian voters, who have made some pretty vitriolic statements in response. The offensive piece of prose:

And when I talk about shared responsibility, it’s because I genuinely believe that in a time when many folks are struggling, at a time when we have enormous deficits, it’s hard for me to ask seniors on a fixed income, or young people with student loans, or middle-class families who can barely pay the bills to shoulder the burden alone. And I think to myself, if I’m willing to give something up as somebody who’s been extraordinarily blessed, and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually think that’s going to make economic sense.

But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that “for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.” It mirrors the Islamic belief that those who’ve been blessed have an obligation to use those blessings to help others, or the Jewish doctrine of moderation and consideration for others. Continue reading

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