Christian Unity: The Manhattan Declaration – Part 2

In reading further on this topic, I ran across Dr. Mohler’s blog post on his signing of this document. I really do agree with him that these are fundamental civic issues that Christians need to take a stand for. But it seems that it is largely a petition that will be sent to governmental leadership, and even Dr. Mohler seems to indicate that it is primarily political in nature. It really all comes down to asking at what level are we willing to work with other denominations. And I know often there is no cut and dry answer in these more practical issues. My beef, as stated above, is that the gospel seems to take a secondary role. The signatories would probably argue that this is not primarily about the gospel, and understandably so… but i can’t get around how you can make any “Christian” statement without it. Including Catholics in that arena seems to confuse the issue of what constitutes “Christianity”. This is just me being open and honest. I certainly agree that we should take these issues seriously, and do something to make our voice heard in the public realm. But my question would be did it have to be in union with Catholics just to make the statement stronger? Why not just issue a protestant declaration? Every individual believer needs to exercise their priest-hood before God guided by their conscience. I see the dilemma when we seek to make the Gospel the priority in our interaction with the world and yet balance that with taking a stand in obeying God’s commands when they are directly attacked. Matthew 5:15 – “Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” If we keep the light in our little baskets, our churches, others will never see His light in us and give glory God. But this should have never been done apart from a clear presentation of the Gospel. If the Gospel is lost or minimized because the world would see this as a religious duty motivated by political tension… then we really have failed to ultimately focus the glory back to God. Of course if God is glorified in this act, we would be amiss if we did not join in to stand for His turth as well. This struggle for God’s glory is of course the core issue at stake and not a simple one in this particular instance.


3 Responses to “Christian Unity: The Manhattan Declaration – Part 2”

  1. I agree that any attempt to reform society from a social or political standpoint is a feable attempt to treat symptoms of the root problem. Niether Jesus nor Paul, or any of the apostles for that matter, gave us a template for reforming society apart from the Gospel. However, from the reading that I have done on the Manhattan Declaration (which isn’t a ton) the motive seems to be purely political. The declaration seems to be a message to government officials, the Obama administration more specifically, that the signitories are “not going to take it anymore.” Here is an interesting interview that I think will illustrate what I am talking about.

  2. Sorry, I am not savvy enough to know how to make words hyperlinks.

  3. I believe that many have signed it with genuine motives… but its initiation seems to stem from political issues primarily and your link Chris is a good example how current political issues are evidenced motivating factor. It is timely to be addressing the issues now, and honestly I would not have problems signing myself if not for the manner in which the Gospel is addressed, even though that is not the documents primary emphasis.

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