I can imagine that the mere reading of this question will evoke quite a range of responses from a variety of people. So often God is claimed by both the political left and right to justify their positions on certain issues.
The political left claims God is on their side when they talk about social justice, economic justice, criminal justice, and a number of other justice issues that the world faces today.
The political right claims God is on their side when they talk about abortion, morals, religious freedom, and a number of other social issues that the world faces today.
When I read comments on facebook, comments on news article, hear discussions about issues, see debates, etc. I hear the claims. I also hear the accusations and the mistrust of opponents in these debates. People often are thinking of how they will respond to a statement as opposed to listening to what the other person is actually saying.
I have seen too many political debates turn ugly in my life. I realized something just earlier today. These “issues” often become ugly because they are considered “issues.”
The problem with that is that typically these “issues” involve people’s lives. Real people, not theoretical people. Real, live human beings. People aren’t an “issue.” People are wonderful and crappy. But they aren’t “issues” to be dealt with and then checked off the list. People create unbelievable things that help humanity and screw things up badly causing the death of many others. But they aren’t “issues” to be settled and tossed aside.
I happen to believe that God doesn’t have a liberal or conservative bent because those labels are human labels. God isn’t political. That makes God just another constituency group to be won over during a political campaign. Politics is a human creation, which is why it is flawed.
God is concerned with people, not “issues.” God loves people. God loves creation. God is love. And we need God and God’s love and mercy and grace.
Does this mean Christians shouldn’t engage in politics – not at all. Politics is important, but it is not the foundation for a Christian’s life. Jesus and God are supposed to be the foundation.
See, I think the initial question of whether God is a liberal or conservative is the wrong question. The foundation in that question is politics. It might as well be asking is God fits into the definition of being a liberal or conservative. That seems rather limiting of God.
For me, a better question is this – How are we being Godly? Are we being Godly? Are our policies God-centered? The difference here is that God is the foundation, not politics.