Posted by Jake Rasmussen | Posted in Blogging, Community Transformation, Family | Posted on 23-11-2009
I have signed The Manhattan Declaration, have you?
Christians, when they have lived up to the highest ideals of their faith, have defended the weak and vulnerable and worked tirelessly to protect and strengthen vital institutions of civil society, beginning with the family.
We are Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians who have united at this hour to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them. These truths are:
- the sanctity of human life
- the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
- the rights of conscience and religious liberty.
Inasmuch as these truths are foundational to human dignity and the well-being of society, they are inviolable and non-negotiable. Because they are increasingly under assault from powerful forces in our culture, we are compelled today to speak out forcefully in their defense, and to commit ourselves to honoring them fully no matter what pressures are brought upon us and our institutions to abandon or compromise them. We make this commitment not as partisans of any political group but as followers of Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Lord, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
I am of personal conviction it is so much better to state what I am for instead of making a case about something I am against. This declaration is just that. It brings about the convictions of Bible believing followers of Jesus into the culture of today. I am laboring in my city to see her a better place. To see her made good though the obedience of followers of Jesus. And to that end I have placed my name on this declaration. And not only do followers of Jesus value this three things covered by the declaration but so do many others in my generation. It is time to take a stand and declare we value the family.