I am a both/and kind of person.
This is a rather uncomfortable place to be in today’s polarized world. I know there are more of us out there, but our voices are getting drowned out by partisans and tribalists. At any rate, I thought I might list some of the ways (peculiar perhaps) that I view the world as a both/and guy.
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I believe the Bible is God’s inspired Word, that God himself speaks through this Word, and that it is divinely powerful to bring people to Jesus and renew lives.
I believe the Bible was produced by human beings in communities of faith for their purposes, and that it is marked by all kinds of imperfect human characteristics as people describe their experience of God and their understanding of God’s work in this world.
I believe belonging to the church is an essential, not optional, part of being a Christian. As Christians we are organically linked to God’s family and our faith and formation is meant to be nourished within the community of faith.
I believe there are times we must leave the institutional church in order to find Jesus and practice our faith with integrity and in the way it was meant to be practiced.
I voted Republican in the last presidential election (though absolutely not for DT) and consider myself a moderate Republican, thinking that a frugal, efficient, responsive government would best serve the people of our country.
I strongly support the Democrats’ emphasis on a shared social contract where we the people, through our representatives, are called to take care of each other. Therefore I hold political positions, such as universal health care, that are usually anathema to Republicans.
I am against abortion, believing that it harms the most vulnerable and helpless in our society, and is often not really a woman’s “choice,” but something that she feels constrained to do for various reasons.
I think abortion should remain legal, safe, and available.
I believe marriage is presented in scripture as a unique covenant relationship between a man and a woman, blessed by God as the relational context in which sexual intimacy is to be enjoyed and children are to be born and flourish.
I think it behooves our society to recognize committed homosexual partnerships as a valid way of doing family and not discriminate against them, but encourage them to live in those relationships responsibly.
I can appreciate the Yankees and the Red Sox, the Colts and the Patriots, Indiana, Purdue, and Butler basketball, rock and classical music, the city and the country, the mountains and the ocean, dogs and cats.
But I have my limits.
Cubs, but never Cardinals.