Labels make my head hurt, and thus I rarely use them on myself. But I realize that it can at times be confusing for people reading my blog to get a clear read on who I am. There are times where people state feeling confused by what appear to be contradictory views, or times when an assumption is made that I clearly am (A) when in truth I’m closer to (B).
So I will try to clear the waters. Perhaps I’ll only muddle them.
In any case, I’ll try to be clear.
I am an Anabaptist Christian. My parents were Mennonite, my grandparents a mixture of Mennonite and Amish and my family tree, tracing back, goes straight to the Anabaptist Reformation. I am proud and jealous of my heritage and wouldn’t have anyone take it from me. It does still apply to who I am- not just in doctrinal beliefs but in lifestyle. While I as a person don’t dress the way conservative Mennonite women do, I still home cook meals, I stay at home with my kids, I keep a tidy house and my husband and I live very small and simply. This is who I am.
I am politically Liberal, which may seem like a contradiction to the above. Is it, really? I don’t think so. While I would caution Christians to live a lifestyle of holiness and righteousness (because of who I am religiously) I also believe that Freedom is the greatest gift of America, and I jealously guard that as well. We are all afforded civil rights, and the government becoming overly involved in legislating personal behaviors is a dangerous and horrifying prospect. I believe that women should be afforded choice, that gay people should be able to marry, and that industry should be regulated. Why do I believe these things? Because while I may have a personal theology and morality that dictates my life and my choice, not everyone shares it, and those who don’t believe as I do should still be given autonomy so long as no one is hurt. Laws are about protection and preservation- not morality.
I also believe that without the commons (those things that belong to everyone- police, fire departments, roads, security) society falls apart. The taxes we pay are what make this great country possible. I think that government has failed us, by and large, by not maintaining that which needs to be maintained and harboring false priorities. Which is why I’m an independent voter- because neither party has been fully responsible or taken responsibility for their failings. Both parties are guilty of back room politics and finger pointing and trying to shift blame, and neither can win my full affection.
So that is that.