A while back I had a discussion with a fellow pastor who is an evangelical. I shared some of my own frustrations within mainline denominations and he suggested that I am still an evangelical in many ways.
This has me wondering at times what best describes my theology. In many ways I do exhibit more evangelical tenets, but the general stance on homosexuality means I couldn’t be a pastor in that context. However, I really don’t fit liberal Christianity either. I agree that social justice is important, but at times I feel that God gets pushed aside for what ever issue taking center stage.
So, I’m a gay guy that doesn’t see being a gay a sin, but who has a very traditional theology when it comes to the nature of God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit?
This makes me a rainbow colored unicorn.
There are some adjectives that come close. Maybe post-evangelical. I did have a keen interest in reading some of the post-liberal and neoorthodox theologians while in seminary. Over those three, neo-orthodoxy tends to be the term that best describes me because it seems to be a mediating theology between evangelicalism and liberal theology. The downside, is I don’t know if anyone is considered neo-orthodox anymore.
As usual, I tend to not fit the perceived definitions. Maybe that’s okay.