Friday, May 09, 2008

Evangelical Manifesto


So I didn't even know this happened but a lot of important guys like Os Guinness, Jack Hayford, Dallas Willard, Jim Wallis, JP Moreland, Loren Cunningham and others are charter signatories of a new 20 page document being called the "Evangelical Manifesto".

It states it is for:

For those who are Evangelicals, the deepest purpose of the Manifesto is a serious call to reform—an urgent challenge to reaffirm Evangelical identity, to reform Evangelical behavior, to reposition Evangelicals in public life, and so rededicate ourselves to the high calling of being Evangelical followers of Jesus Christ.

There seems to be a bit of controversy over the section in how the faith shouldn't be politicized by either the right or left. In reading some of it, I think it could be a very important foundation for solidarity and a definition for some to describe their faith eloquently to non-believers.

Ed Stetzer says in USA Today that "Christians need to speak prophetically to all parties, not be beholden to one. Evangelicals need to be known for what we are for: showing and sharing the good news of Christ, not only what we are against on public policy."

"You cannot stand for justice and be afraid to speak of Jesus," he says.

This might end up being the refreshing outlook and diagram I have been looking for to answer some of the questions I've been struggling with about a believers role in society.

The other positive is from now on when people ask me for my core beliefs I can just refer them to page 5 of the Evangelical Manifesto.

Take a moment to download the Manifesto and sign on with others if you are so inclined. In true Evangelical fashion it even comes with a study guide.


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