The Pope’s visit to America is getting full media coverage and because of this, so is the difference between “conservative” and “liberal.” Years ago my Hasidic friend of many decades told me. “John, I have much more in common with you, religiously, than with any liberal Jew.” And just today I heard a Baptist pastor on TV say that he had much more in common with Pope Francis and the Catholics he knew than with any liberal Baptist pastors. I would say this is true for me too. Pope Francis is much closer to me as an Evangelical Presbyterian Church minister than any liberal Presbyterian minister would ever be. It makes me wonder if the term “liberal” really cancels any noun it modifies. This would mean that a liberal Christian is not a Christian. A liberal Jew, per my friend, is not a Jew. Although this thought looks like it might be provocative or offensive, it really is not meant to be. “Liberal” is just a funny word. It really is a negation. To be liberal is to be at odds with the original meaning of a thing. It is to present oneself as superior to the original meaning of a thing. Liberals know better in their minds than conservatives. This is the DNA of liberalism. Liberalism always views itself as an improvement over the original meaning of a thing. Those of us who are conservative disagree. The Bible, life, God, and faith for us must be what they always were, or else they lose all meaning.