I just learned about the Manhattan Declaration last week through a forwarded e-mail. Then our pastor mentioned it at church, so I went to ManhattanDeclaration.org and gave it a “look, see”. I agreed with the front page, so signed it.
This blog was going to be about how I don’t think signing this document will make much of a difference in America. And I still think that is true, as do the authors of the declaration. Unless the signing is also followed up with actions by the signers, but the actions I saw suggested on the website were not very inspiring to me. So I was going to say how those suggested action items weren’t going to be very helpful to America (e.g. tell your neighbors about the declaration and ask them to sign it).
But to make sure that I wasn’t writing out of line, I decided to do a little more reading on the Manhattan Declaration website, and came away with the opposite opinion. What this declaration encourages Christians to do is, I believe, just what the Bible recommends:
1) Remember that people will know Christians by the love they show – nothing else matters if that is not first and foremost.
2) True religion is to take care of the widow and the orphan (e.i., take care of those who cannot take care of themselves).
3) People must be told about about Jesus. But remember No. 1 and No. 2.
There is so much more in the declaration, but these points stood out to me.