Why I Left the Right: How Studying Religion Made Me a Liberal
Susie Meister

Hi Susie, thank you for sharing your story. I am a Theology Professor and also teach Christian Worldview at a local home school co-op. If I may, I would like to ask you a couple questions in regards to your new worldview and the Jesus of the NT (not the Jesus of the left or right). First of all, knowing that Jesus taught us both by example as well as instruction that we are to care for the least of these; how then can you justify supporting terminating the life of the most innocent and defenseless among us via abortion? Secondly, given the fact that the Federal social programs that were intended to help the poorest among us have actually wreaked devastation upon them, their families and entire communities, how can you justify being a follower of Jesus if you continue to support this approach to ‘helping’ the poor? As a follower of Jesus, I believe in caring for the most helpless and hurting among us. This is why I simply cannot understand the logic that caused you to arrive at a Marxist-based liberalism. As I have read and re-read your post, I think I might have found a clue in the statement, “ I had relied on the expertise of my religious mentors (some of whom were simply laypeople teaching Sunday School or Christian education classes) to help guide me through its interpretation.” This statement is very telling indeed. Susie it seems that you (by your own admission) never had a sound, comprehensive worldview of your own (in which you not only know what you believed, but also knew the biblical and logical reasons for why you believed what you believed). I look forward to your reply.

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