Part IX - The Gospel in the World
We are persuaded
that the Gospel is given for the life of the world
both for eternity to come
and for the moment that is today.
We are persuade that the Gospel is for society
as much as it is for the soul.
That it not only transforms a person into the likeness of Christ
but that, when it is possessed, practiced, and proclaimed,
it can transform a community into the likeness of the coming Kingdom.
To this end, we are persuaded that the Gospel community of the church
ought to engage society in such a way as promotes and encourages human flourishing.
That she ought to affirm the dignity of each and every human
as having been made in God’s image
filled with God’s breath
and bearing God’s likeness.
As such, every life matters
male and female
rich and poor
righteous and sinful
advantaged and disadvantaged
born and unborn.
We are persuaded that the Gospel commands and commends us to both stand against whatever scheme of man that would deny this truth
and to work for its promotion, acceptance, and implantation within our societies.
That we must oppose oppression
and love liberty.
That we must decry discrimination
and embrace equality.
That we must defy a culture of death and violence
and build communities of benevolence and life.
That we must despise abuse, envy, and immorality in all its forms
and rejoice in beauty, goodness, and love.
In this endeavor, we are persuaded that we must support and defend those ideas and institutions that are necessary for man to flourish and society to prosper.
We must value and validate the institution of family
including the sanctity of marriage
and sacredness of procreation.
We must also work to provide the shelter of our family to those who have been orphaned, widowed, abused, deserted, or abandoned by their own.
We must promote and support just and equitable governances
the righteous rule of law
and the compassionate care of the downtrodden.
We must endorse economic practices and policies that promote flourishing
and value the life and livelihood of the worker.
We must encourage peace and reconciliation above violence and retaliation
and consider it better to suffer evil for the sake of good than to do evil in the name of good.
We must value a freedom of religious and philosophical thought and practice
that permits a robust exercise of belief and conviction for all groups and faiths.
Not because all religions or creeds are of equal validity or value
but because discrimination and prejudice are a stain on any society
but freedom and fairness are marks of wellness.
We are persuaded that the Gospel compels us to celebrate and promote compassion and justice in our society
and grieve and resist the maltreatment of and injustice towards our neighbor.
We are persuaded that God has told His people what is good and what He requires. That we are do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly in His presence.