Was Christ a Liberal or a Conservative? Though these labels were not used during the days of His flesh, if they had been, He could have been considered both. Or neither.
The Pharisees would no doubt have branded Jesus a rank Liberal, for He refused to bend to their traditions and self-serving interpretations of Scripture. Though never deviating from the Father’s expressed will, Jesus was not content to continue the onerous “status quo” set by these self-appointed religious leaders. He refused to pay homage to their manmade, inconsistent legalisms, accusing Pharisees of approaching God with the mouth and with the lips while keeping their heart far from the Father. (Matthew 15:8.)
On the other hand, the Sadducees would have surely singled Jesus out as a narrow-minded Conservative, for He held to a strict, legalistic view of such biblical matters as the spirit and the resurrection from the dead. When confronted with a hypothetical scenario concerning one wife, seven brothers, the resurrection and “whose wife shall she be?”, the Lord insisted strict attention be paid to the absolute truth of God’s Word: “You do err,” He said, “not knowing the Scriptures.” (Matthew 22:29.)
We can be thankful that what mattered most to Jesus was not what others thought of Him, but what the Father thought. He sought to be seen in the eyes of His Father, not as liberal, not as conservative, but as faithful – faithful in form, faithful in substance; faithful in practice, faithful in spirit.
And above all else and before all else, Christ was faithful. (Hebrews 3:2.)
As well we all should be.