The Manhattan Declaration: a call to stand

Are you familiar with the The Manhattan Declaration?  If you haven’t read it, you can do so now.  It will take you about 15 minutes to read carefully, being a bit longer than the post I would generally have written here.

It is an ecumenical statement by Catholic, Orthodox and Evangelical Christians, first published almost three years ago (on September 28, 2009), which calls individuals–not institutions–to several explicit statements of belief and purpose:

While the whole scope of Christian moral concern, including a special concern for the poor and vulnerable, claims our attention, we are especially troubled that in our nation today

–the lives of the unborn, the disabled, and the elderly are severely threatened;

–that the institution of marriage, already buffeted by promiscuity, infidelity and divorce, is in jeopardy of being redefined to accommodate fashionable ideologies;

–that freedom of religion and the rights of conscience are gravely jeopardized by those who would use the instruments of coercion to compel persons of faith to compromise their deepest convictions.

I just re-read this Declaration, which I signed in 2009.  It is a carefully-argued, charitable piece of writing which seeks not to condemn those who disagree, but to uphold certain truths which we deem to be vitally important to our God, and by extension to all His creation, both individually and  communally.  Whenever a society fails to live according to the Creator’s purposes, there is an inevitable breakdown in the health (mental, spiritual, emotional and physical) of that society and its children.

If you’re still not sure whether to sign, or even bother to read this, would you please take just three and a half minutes to listen to the late Charles Colson, one of the drafters of the Declaration:

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6 responses to “The Manhattan Declaration: a call to stand

  1. GBL: A worthy reminder!

    Knowing my faith-based position, as I believe you do, I would still offer the following to those who do NOT concur with a “Higher Power”:

    Whether or not one believes spiritually,as I do, is a point for another conversation. However, regardless of any differences in faith, it is indesputable that an overwhelming majority of our societal infirmities are a direct result of the deterioration of our family and moral culture. (Again, I’ll leave the argument that such decay was planned and purposeful for a different time and place.)

    Moral relativism has crippled us to the point where murder can be “justified”. Thievery is condoned and schemers are celebrated. There is SO MUCH “Gray area”, that the concepts of right and wrong have been lost….all in the name of individualism and situational ethics. Plus, and most tragically in my mind, this decay is being promoted and celebrated in our media.

    Sign the Declaration, or don’t. As with all things, it’s a matter of choice and conviction. Still, even if one doesn’t, and you CARE about these matters, we can all still find a way to move our society back to a better place than the direction we are heading.

  2. I was at a Manhattan Declaration conference at Saint John’s University in Brooklyn on Thursday — Powerful! Great speakers, great talks, very informative, awakening, and inspiring. The house was packed which was also a very positive sign. Thanks for sharing this! I’ll have to write my own post for this on Biltrix, once I have a chance to sit down and look over my notes. I hope you don’t mind my reusing this video. God bless!

  3. No problem, James! Glad to help! I’m envious you got to go to that conference. Looking forward to hearing more about it.

  4. Reblogged this on Winnowing…sorting the wheat and chaff of my thoughts and commented:

    if you didn’t read this at Two Heads Are Better Than One, please read it here:

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