The Manhattan Declaration

The Manhattan Declaration.

I became the 15,658th person to sign The Manhattan Declaration.  This 4,700 word document issues a clarion call to Christians to adhere to their convictions and informs civil authorities that the signers will not – under any circumstance – abandon their Christian consciences.

Below is the excerpted version of the 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.

This document was drafted by Robert George of Princeton University, Timothy George of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, and Chuck Colson of The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview.  When it was released on November 20, 2009 it had 152 signatures from prominent Christian leaders.

If you are in agreement, you may also sign the declaration by clicking on the link at the beginning of this post.