This article was originally published by Mennonite World Review

Why not ‘liberal’?

You seem to have dropped “liberal” from your vocabulary, favoring “progressive” instead. That is a mistake if you want to broaden your audience among the array of Mennonite groups. “Progress” suggests moving toward a desirable goal. But most of these Mennonites oppose the LGBT agenda and thus take offense at your editorial positions.

In Romans 14, the Apostle Paul’s classic (and largely ignored) teaching on relationships between liberals and conservatives, he places himself among the liberals but then states it is the liberals’ responsibility to treat the “weaker” consciences of conservatives with special care. Ain’t seen much of that lately.

D.R. Yoder
Epworth, Ga.

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