Progressive Christians ARE Christians, we are not a sub group of Christianity, rather we feel we have found a flavor of Christianity that Jesus would best be associated with. We are Christians who preach the gospel of love and salvation from self. A message of love, a desire for peace and tolerance to all people; this is a general description of what progressive Christianity is about. This is counter to many in the conservative evangelical world who hold to strict theological doctrines and dogmas in fear of hellfire and brimstone. Progressive Christianity does not embrace fear. As the scripture states “perfect love cast out all fear.” (1 John 4:18). In many ways our flavor of Christianity can bring many together in unity around the simple idea of love.
It is time to forget about your mother’s Christianity and step into the new age. I am speaking primarily of hardcore fundamentalism. When I was growing up it was all about hellfire and brimstone and salvation of souls. I was so scared half the time that I think I was “saved” every Sunday. You do not need to be a theologian of any status to understand that this is not what Jesus wanted. Bringing people into the church by way of fear is no better than putting a knife to ones throat and telling them “convert or die.” Who wants to enter heaven under compulsion? Would you really be entering heaven? Jesus spoke of the Kingdom of Heaven being within our mist. Yes, Jesus did also speak of hellfire, sin, and evil; yet humanity has overemphasized the darkness and forgot the light.
Progressive Christians are often very political and lean towards liberalism. This is often due to our stance on love and inclusiveness. We do not want to compete for ownership of the church; we just want to be the church. Conservative Christians are generally republicans who vote primarily for the “pro-life” candidates even if the candidate drops bombs on refugees and sends men and women to die for self-interest. They may not always admit it, but generally their churches are primarily white, anti-LGBT, nationalist, who would rather have a theocracy instead of freedom. Progressive Christians are “pro-choice” although that is misleading as well. Abortion is not a laughing matter and we take it very seriously. We support the LGBT community and often our most senior leaders are members of this community. Many of us believe in workers’ rights, universal healthcare, and tax payer funded education; that a person working a full time job should earn a living wage with enough for leisure. We do not believe in a water downed gospel; instead we hold to the gospel of Jesus, understanding we are all on a journey of faith that cannot be outlined and fit into a box. We are looked upon as liberal because our faith compels us to be like Jesus. God is a globalist and loves all people. Progressive Christians do not believe that you can contain the love of God. God’s love is too big for that! God’s love is for all. Our love is for all!