This declaration was signed by more than 125 highly placed church leaders from Orthodox, Catholic and evangelical communions on November 20 in Washington, D. C.
It states: “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.”
One of the original signers was Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He stated to LifeSiteNews.org that he normally doesn’t sign such broadly supported statements but in this case no key doctrinal issues are addressed that could divide.
He notes that, “It is a statement of urgent concern and common conscience on these three issues – the sanctity of human life, the integrity of marriage, and the defence of religious liberty.”
He continues, “I believe we are facing an inevitable and culture-determining decision on the three issues centrally identified in the statement …. There is every good reason to believe that the freedom to conduct Christian ministry according to Christian conviction is being subverted and denied before our eyes.”
Charles Colson, a major drafter and supporter of the Manhattan Declaration, calls it a wake-up call for Christians. And reports are that more than 150,000 signatories came forward in the first week. The declaration states that the signers will consider civil disobedience if necessary to support longstanding positions that are seen as fundamental to the well being of a free society.
It’s a serious document. I have read it in its entirety. It fleshes out the theological background to these issues and why they are important to a stable society. I would recommend that readers give this declaration, which was more than a year in the making, a serious read. Go to ManhattanDeclaration.org.