Wednesday, May 07, 2008

An Evangelical Manifesto

Today, an important document was put on display for all the world to see. It is written and signed by a number of leading Christian evangelical pastors, thinkers, and leaders. I believe that it represents an important contribution to the way evangelicals should live, believe, and interact with the world in which we live.

I encourage you to read the 20 page document, and if you feel so inclined, you might choose to sign this document as a commitment to the ethics described in the document.

Links:

Read the document: http://www.anevangelicalmanifesto.com/docs/Evangelical_Manifesto.pdf

Sign the document: http://www.anevangelicalmanifesto.com/sign.php

Official website: http://www.anevangelicalmanifesto.com/index.php

EvangelicalManifesto.com

3 comments:

shanevanderhart said...

Signed it.

Noah Braymen said...

Unfortunately I can't sign it. There are a few things I disagree with (feel free to send me an email if you are curious about what I disagree with).

In Christ,
Noah

mike rucker said...

i had some hesitations and misgivings before reading the document, but was actually quite impressed and invigorated after taking in the whole of what it addressed.

one of the things i like about the document is that the authors choose not to say that creationism and inerrancy are non-negotiables. for the first, there’s very little biblical justification anymore behind whatever the latest flavor of anti-natural-selection dessert is being served up; for the latter, somehow we can admit that we can’t prove the existence of God, but goshdarnit we have a golden egg this unprovable God laid right here. there’s simply too much of a tendency to add items to the ever-increasing laundry list of ideas and doctrines to which we have to pledge allegiance before we’re allowed into the room marked “Christian.”

more than anything, i found myself motivated and energized by the very positive nature of the piece - that it isn’t yet another “here’s everything we’re against” rant but an effort to make the gospel again a message of good news. imagine that - the gospel being good news. American Christianity has lost this defining characteristic that once served it well.

there are a few things i question, but nothing is going to please everyone, i suppose. for instance, i’m not sure i agree with this statement: We Evangelicals should be defined theologically, and not politically, socially, or culturally. Jesus’ message uses “action” verbs: teach them to DO as I have commanded you, LOVE God and LOVE your neighbor, by this will all men know … if you LOVE one another. any theology that defines us must have feet.

i did, however, like these words:
We are also troubled by the fact that the advance of globalization and the emergence of a global public square finds no matching vision of how we are to live freely, justly, and peacefully with our deepest differences on the global stage.

somehow we've got to figure out how we we're going to happily share the same bathroom over the next few decades in our ever-shrinking world.

one interesting thing: maybe i missed it, but there doesn’t seem to be a great emphasis on evangelism in this Evangelical Manifesto. was that intentional? i didn’t see a single chick tract referenced in the bibliography…

perhaps one unintended benefit of the proposal is a clear opportunity to take this EM (Evangelical Manifesto) and align it with the other EM (Emergent Manifesto) and finally have all our EM & EMs in a row without demonizing the other side.

one can only hope…

mike rucker
fairburn, georgia, usa
mikerucker.wordpress.com