Just Call Me The Deuce
For many years, I have been happy to label myself as a conservative. I mean this in every area of my life. Especially my theology. However, my discontent of this term has grown and led me to a decision.
Don’t call me conservative anymore.
Unfortunately, that lumps me with people like Rush Limbaugh and whatever politician is pandering to the Evangelical Right. Quite honestly, I hate being pandered to. Plus my political thinking has shifted and is much less important to me than it used to be.
Don’t call me liberal. I am the furthest thing from being liberal in any area of my life. However, I am striving to be liberal in one area of my life and I have a long way to go. I want to be liberal in love.
Don’t call me progressive. I’m not that. I don’t throw out the old simply for something new. I don’t allow what is the popular current thought of the culture to make a decision for me.
Don’t call me fundamentalist. The last thing I want in my life is some sort of legalism controlling me. I don’t want that for you either.
Don’t call me evangelical. That term is so broad that I don’t even know what it means anymore. It might have meant something when Carl F.H. Henry was developing the term, but I’m not so sure anymore.
You can call me a couple of things, I suppose, if you want to.
You could call me a Christian, but I wonder if the shelf life of that term ended. A lot of Americans call themselves Christians, but I’m not sure about that either.
Once you could have called me Baptist or Southern Baptist and I would have worn that badge proudly.
Timothy Keller uses the term orthodox to describe himself and I like that term. Please don’t confuse it with Orthodox. I’m not that either.
You could call me Biblical, but I screw that up sometimes. I know that I am not infallible in my interpretations and that my eyes will be opened wide when I get to glory.
You could call me a believer.
You could call me a follower.
You can call me someone who is on the Way.
Or you can just call me Deuce.
Do you fit neatly into labels and categories? Have your labels or categories changed over the years?