I’ve never considered myself a liberal. Neither has anyone else who’s known me over the years. And I’ve never been radical about anything. Except maybe the time I turned down a job when they told me I’d have to shave my mustache. But that’s another story.
I’ve always considered myself moderate, both politically and theologically. A nice, safe, middle of the road guy. Live and let live.
I knew liberals existed, but I didn’t know or care what they stood for. I wasn’t always sure they knew, either.
Conservatives were something else, though. If anything characterized them, it was their unyielding and very annoying belief that they were right about everything and nobody else was. At least as a moderate I was free to consider the possibility that the far right might actually be right about anything and everything.
I just couldn’t agree that their viewpoints were automatically the only valid ones.
I suspect I’ve opposed abortion at least since 1987. The year we adopted Kristi, whom her birth mother could easily have aborted. We’re so thankful she didn’t. So is Kristi and the rest of her family.
The more conspicuous the Pro-Lifers have become, the more their way of looking at things seems right. Yes, right. As in “the only right way.” Human life does begin at conception.
You want to read something interesting? Check out Psalm 139 in the Bible. Especially the verse that says, “For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.”
I believe God is responsible for all human life. Abortion is nothing but legalized murder.
I’ve grown conservative in other ways, too. But I’ll save those for several additional blog posts.
Please leave a comment if any of this post has spoken to you. Even if you disagree. I’m not too conservative to listen politely.
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