The other day I saw a bumper sticker that said Jesus was a Liberal. As annoyed as I have become of late at all things political, I gave it only passing thought. But this small voice down inside me wasn’t so ready to let go of this one. So I girded the loins of my research talents, intent on proving that bumper sticker wrong. Wow – what manner of man goes to battle with a bumper sticker? Worse yet, what manner of man LOSES a battle with a bumper sticker?!
Here’s what I found:
The word “Liberal” comes from the Latin “Liberalis”. Three different Latin-English dictionary sites all confirmed one another; Liberalis translates as honorable, courteous, generous, gentlemanly, well bred. Hmmmm - I can’t make a case against ANY of these attributes in our Lord and Savior. Especially the well bred part. After all, he IS the Son of God. What better pedigree could there be?
We might see a healing revival break out on the floors of both houses of Congress...maybe even the White House...
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary seems to imply, by one definition at least, that the word “Liberal” refers to a man who has been made free…or a freeman. The Liber part evidently means free. Hmmmm – I’ve been set free by the blood of Jesus Christ. This is beginning to get personal!
The Holy Bible - Let’s see…in the book of James it says God gives wisdom liberally to all men. And we know Jesus healed all who were oppressed. Freely we have received, freely we should give. UNCLE! I give up! I surrender! Jesus was a liberal…and apparently so am I.
Oh, I realize the word “Liberal” means something totally different in the arena of 21st century politics. Else we might see a healing revival break out on the floors of both houses of Congress...maybe even the White House. After all, the liberals are in charge, aren’t they?
Game over. Bumper Sticker 1, Penitent Blogger 0
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