A Look at the Importance of the “Liberal Christian”

liberalchristianDespite what many right-wing “Christians” might have you believe, there are millions of Christians who refer to themselves as liberals, progressives, Democrats or any number of things besides “conservative Republican.”

Anyone who follows my writing knows that I’ve written quite a few articles expressing my opinion on what I believe is the fallacy of the “right-wing conservative Christian movement.”

If you haven’t had a chance to read them, here they are:

To summarize my opinion on the issue, I don’t believe most Republicans are Christians.  In fact, I don’t believe most of them follow Christianity.  Instead, I believe they follow some hybrid perversion of faith and politics that I call “Republicanity.”

But that’s not what this piece is about.  This is about the importance of “liberal” Christians.  Now I put the word liberal in quotation marks because I don’t mean some new form of Christianity that’s liberally based.  I mean liberal as in Democrats, progressives or liberals who are Christians.

Now I understand many liberals aren’t religious — in fact, many are atheists — but they should support liberal Christians too.  Not because I believe they should convert—everyone should believe whatever the heck they want, it’s their business.  Rather, it’s because even if you don’t believe in God, Jesus or follow any kind of faith whatsoever, what “liberal Christians” believe Jesus stood for transcends anyone’s religious ideology to the basics of how we should act as people.

As humans, we shouldn’t have to believe in Jesus Christ to feel that it’s important that we:

  • Help the sick
  • Feed the hungry
  • Defend those who can’t defend themselves
  • Help the needy
  • Accept each other
  • Not judge one another
  • Love one another
  • Help the poor
  • Treat people with kindness, not apathy

I don’t believe these are traits of Christians, these should be traits of humans—period.

And these are traits that we, as “liberal Christians,” fight for everyday.

I battle, almost daily, to take my faith back from those who’ve co-opted it so they can manipulate millions to vote against their own interests by using a handful of quotes about homosexuality to conjure up some fear that somehow God cares more about same-sex marriage than someone starving and sick on the streets.  By the way, homosexuality is a subject Jesus Christ spoke about exactly zero times.

A group that I’m sure many reading this will have heard of (if you haven’t, you should check them out immediately) which fights this battle every single day is The Christian Left.  They, like me and millions of others, are sick and tired of people saying they worship a man who stood for love, hope and acceptance—with hate, fear and judgement.

This is why I think the “liberal Christian” is vital for this country.  Not because I believe that with faith we’re more important than anyone else, but because millions of people do consider themselves Christians and millions of those people represent the belief that Jesus Christ epitomized the goodness inside people that we should all exemplify.

And even if you don’t believe in any kind of God, the symbol of what Jesus Christ represents, according to the “liberal Christian,”  is something we should all be able to come together and agree upon.

Because being a good person isn’t tied to a faith, any kind of religious book, a denomination or singular person—it’s something we should all strive to be no matter what we believe.  And that’s something “liberal Christians” represent.  If true Christians would take back their faith from these fear mongering radicals on the right, the animosity between people of faith and no faith wouldn’t probably even exist.

Imagine how much more we could accomplish as a society if millions weren’t manipulating a faith to promote hateful, and ignorant, political ideologies?

That’s why I believe the “liberal Christian” is vital for the liberal/progressive/Democratic movement.  Again, not because they’re more important than anyone else, but because they can truly represent a faith that can bring people together—instead of tearing them apart, as Republicans have done with their perversion of Christianity.

Because it’s true, Christianity has been taken over by the ignorant evangelical right-wing “Christians” who have discovered that it’s easier to manipulate millions with fear than build them up with hope.  That anger makes for a better tool of control than love.  That it’s easier to divide because of our differences than unite in spite of them.

However, I’m determined to put an end to that.  Because I believe it’s time real Christians take back their faith from those who don’t even know the meaning of the word “Christian” and damn sure don’t follow Christianity.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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