The Manhattan Declaration

What does it mean to be a Christian in today’s world? Does it mean “go along to get along?” So many of us, me included, are in that camp, or have been.

To be Christian is to sin, but, as a comedian has probably said, feel guilty as hell about it. That said, it is useful now and again to have a worthy group of Christians remind us of what we should be about as we wander in the Devil’s Domain, a/k/a the world.

Hence, the Manhattan Declaration:

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:

  1. the sanctity of human life
  2. the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
  3. 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.

Words to live up to. Words that might sting, especially among our elected lords, who seem to believe that they have taken over from our Lord.

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