My name is Keith Giles. I love to write so that people can know Jesus and experience His life in their own.
So, I started this blog to help people understand who Jesus is, and how He reveals what the Father is really like.
This is a safe place to talk about all those questions you've had about the Bible, and Christianity. It's also a place to learn how to put the words of Jesus into practice.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Why Do People Think I'm A Liberal?
First, let me assure everyone that I am not only NOT a
Liberal, I am also NOT a Conservative, or a Libertarian, or anything else.
Secondly, I want to address why some people make this assumption
Here it is: They assume that I am being political because
they are primarily political in their thinking.
So, when I say, “Jesus wants us to care for the poor,” or “Jesus
wants us to love our enemies and bless those who curse us,” they – being sacralists
– hear that and apply it to the political realm. This is much the same as when
people assume that these statements must apply to the State. [See previous post
“Who Are We?”]
Out of all the reactions I receive, this is the one that
perplexes me the most.
Why? Because all I’m doing is quoting the New Testament. I’m
taking the exact words of Jesus and reminding my brothers and sisters that
Jesus told us all to do it. And then those Christians respond by saying, “You’re
And why do they do that? Because they see their faith as
being entangled with their politics. In fact, most of them cannot imagine their
faith apart from their politics. For example, every single time I suggest that
Christians around the globe around not Capitalists, or Americans, - every single
time – someone responds with “Well, they would if they had freedom!”
Which not only misses the point entirely, it assumes that
everyone WANTS to be an American and a Capitalist – especially if they are a
Can we imagine our faith apart from our politics? Can we
embrace a Gospel that isn’t about laws, or public policy, or social programs,
or political leaders?
Better yet, can we just start taking the words of Jesus
seriously? Can we simply humble ourselves before Him, die to our agendas, take
up our cross, and follow Him daily?
If we can’t then we’re going to have to stop calling
ourselves “Christians” because Jesus doesn’t know of any other kind of
Christian than one who does what He says.
“If anyone would be my disciple, he must take up his cross
daily, die to himself, and follow me,” – Jesus
So, again, for the record, I am not a Liberal, or a
Democrat. I do not even vote. I do not endorse any political party or agenda or
candidate for office. I place no faith whatsoever in politics or politicians.
The only hope for this nation – for this entire world – is Jesus
Christ and His Gospel of the Kingdom.
His Word transforms us. His Spirit empowers us. His love
There’s a world out there that needs to be changed. Those
who take His words seriously and put His commands into practice are the only
ones who will ever change it for the better.
Let His Kingdom come!
NOTE: This article is part 3 in a series of “Jesus Untangled”