There are some institutions that are vital to every civil society, even more so to societies that are founded on the principles of liberty and freedom. Christians, when they have lived up to the highest ideals of their faith, have defended the weak and the vulnerable and worked tirelessly to protect and strengthen vital institutions of civil society, beginning with the sanctity of human life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty.
These foundations of society transcend all boundaries, politically, socially, economically, and geographically. These are essential foundations to any and all healthy societies and these foundations of society are under constant threat of erosion today. And "When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (Ps. 11:3)
A group of prominent Christian clergy, ministry leaders, and scholars came together in a press conference on November 20, 2009. Their purpose was to release the Manhattan Declaration. This 4,700 word declaration speaks to these three foundations of freedom. The declaration issues a clarion call to Christians to adhere firmly to their convictions in these three areas. You can read and sign this declaration on their website, manhattandeclaration .org
Today, I want to briefly identify these foundations and the threats of erosion that our society faces and bring God's word of truth to bear in these important areas. With each threat we will look at the issues, the truth of God's Word, and how the Manhattan Declaration addresses the issues. We have a word from God for these three foundations are rooted in God's revelation to us! Then, I want to offer a reasoned and biblical reply to the question, "When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?"
The Three Foundations of Society
I. The Sanctity of Human Life
1. The Issues
Threats to the sanctity of human life are many and include the following pressing issues of our day: ...
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