Are you a Progressive?
Q: Robert, I’m not sure where you are on the Progressive Christian Alliance. Was just on their FB site and thought about hitting like to share on there, but then I can’t say I approve of any of their beliefs-totally unBiblical. Where do you stand? Just curious.
R: I would say yes and no to the question am I progressive. If by progressive do you mean that Jesus’ central message is about radical inclusion, faith as the search for understanding, the raising of important questions, the open honest doubt, and the realization that no one has it all the answers, practicing the great commandment: “Love God and love one another”, and Creating fellowships and communities that are dedicated to lifting up, affirming, and equipping one another for the work God then yes I am a progressive.
I am politically a moderate liberal. I think the liberal/progressives can go too far and don’t go all the way with them. I also think that conservative’s evangelicals can go too far also and disagree with them on certain things, though I agree with them on others.
I believe to be a Christian you need to believe certain things–Jesus is Lord and Savior, the tomb is empty, sin is real, Heaven and hell are real places and experiences (read my blogs “A personal Review of Love Wins and A Follow up to…”, the bible is authoritative for faith and behavior. However, I have a hard time with the concept of the trinity, I am very uncomfortable saying people are going to hell (read my blog “Asking The Wrong Question“), and I do not read the bible literally, though I do try to take it seriously and apply it to my life without beating others over the head with it. As my (senior) pastor says, when we read the bible we should let it point a finger at us and not use it to point a finger at others.
Therefore, I suppose the answer is maybe. I am still learning what it means to follow Jesus and don’t have all the answers and probably never will, but I sense the spirit of God working in my life, becoming a Christian is a continual process of becoming better than I used to be, I am not where I should b, but I thank God daily that I am not where I used to be.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But, one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14)