We all have a story.
We all bring to the table our biases.
Here is my observation as of late (forewarning – I’m going to paint a broad stroke here):
Those who were brought up in very strict (borderline abusive, if not abusive) “fundamental” households tend toward a more liberal theology – less literal bible, more reality of the human existence, more grace, less judgment.
Those who were brought up without Christianity (not for or against, just without) and who had a very lenient childhood with perhaps a parent/parents who had some major sin issues (ahem) tend to be more “conservative” – cling to truth and finding the security in it. We can sometimes be (or come off as) very judgmental and grace-less.
Then their all those in between. So many circumstances, so many histories. I’m only pointing out the two above because of the conversations I’ve had with those whose theology’s I disagree with (more “liberal” theology – the Brian McLaren camps, etc.) and how they seem to have shared backgrounds. As for my “conservative” version above, well, that’s where I come from.
Pay attention to your history because it matters. It forms us to be who we are and how we respond to God, His Word, and to others.
Whatever your history, I encourage you to break out of your own history and seek out truth. We may come to different conclusions, but let’s not let that stop us from searching, discussing, and then living it out.
Especially if we take on the name “Christian.”
This is the first post in a series of articles pertaining to the issues of womanhood and our created existence (see here for the list of topics to be dissected).
FYI – I’m using ‘Liberal’ and ‘Conservative’ not because I like the labels, but because I’m not sure what other words to use – feel free to enlighten me.