So, tell me about the changes you’ve made the past few years in your Christian walk.
Well, I used to be a card-carrying Republican. My parents raised me that way. But I’ve come to see that this party doesn’t represent Jesus or the kingdom. So I’m an Independent and I lean toward the liberal side of politics.
I see. What else?
I used to be pretty entrenched in human-made traditions, religious and political, but I’ve come to see that so many of our traditions have a choke-hold on us and smother free thought. So I’ve abandoned much of them.
Like what? Can you give some examples?
Sure. Well, like going to war to protect national interests. I believe that’s wrong now.
I no longer eat the classic American diet.
I no longer disregard the environment, and I will not buy an automobile that’s not fuel efficient.
I no longer use disposable plastic and paper bags when I go shopping.
I no longer am intolerant of other religions.
I no longer am indifferent to the poor and oppressed.
I no longer accept the Reformation doctrines of penal substitution and the complete sovereignty of God.
I am no longer certain that homosexuality is a sin.
In fact, I no longer believe in absolute certainty. We can’t be certain about anything, I feel.
I see. That’s quite a list.
Yes, I’m pretty proud of my new outlook. I’ve become a free-thinking Christian. I question all human-made ideals and traditions now.
I see. What about the clergy system and the modern pastor?
What!? Are you out of your mind! How dare you question that.
I’m finished with this conversation.
I can’t wait to hear my pastor’s reaction to such a ludicrous question.