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: