This week’s radio commentary:
“Christians are heirs of a 2,000-year tradition of proclaiming God’s word, seeking justice in our societies, resisting tyranny, and reaching out with compassion to the poor, oppressed and suffering.”
So begins The Manhattan Declaration, a solemn statement composed by various American Christian leaders in Manhattan in late September of 2009. It is a call to American Christians to acknowledge, publicly proclaim, defend and stand by their deeply-held Christian beliefs and values in three absolutely crucial areas: life, marriage and religious freedom. The Manhattan Declaration is not a doctrinal treatise; it is not an ecumenical statement. It is a declaration regarding critical aspects of our society that groups that call themselves Christians in our country, in spite of very real and significant doctrinal differences, can agree on. While it is not a presentation of the Gospel, it is a declaration of the impact the Gospel has made and should make in any society where it is given free course.
For almost two-thousand years now, God has entrusted the Truth regarding life, culture and human government to a body of believers known as Christians. For almost two-thousand years, the followers of Christ have labored, loved, and lived under that Truth, with, of course, many notorious and sad exceptions.