Wednesday, 29 June 2016 16:54

Calling All United States Christians

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The statement—“An Appeal to Christians in the United States”—reflects a growing alarm that our country is entering a very dangerous period in which some political leaders and some media are directly challenging our most fundamental Christian convictions. The statement is consequently a theological affirmation. We hope that you will read the statement carefully and join those who have already signed their names.* The full text is available at goo.gl/rqcO1Q.

An Appeal to Christians in the United States

Because of fear we too easily caricature or condemn those who are different from us. Politicians and too many in the media stereotype African Americans, Asian Americans, people from Hispanic background, and followers of Islam. If we follow their lead, we slander our neighbors and blaspheme against the one God of all peoples. We resist such stereotypes and pledge to work for laws and practices that honor the dignity of all people. 

We …... pledge that we will seek to limit the proliferation of guns in the U.S.

We ……pledge to be advocates for laws that regulate in a just and orderly manner the flow of refugees and immigrants.

We …... pledge  to work for systems of security that guard human dignity and protect the vulnerable as well as the strong.

Let us help shape the character of our much loved land not by an abandonment of our most cherished Christian convictions but by following the counsel of the Prophet Micah--to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God. 

* This excerpt from Groundswell (an online social action platform powered by Auburn Theological Seminary) much of which was published in April 2016 Sojourners Magazine, is also at http://www.journalforpreachers.com/.

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