The NHCLC Justice Declaration of Washington DC
We, as Christian leaders, pastors, government officials, academicians, immigrants, and other concerned American citizens, hereby affirm our belief in the fundamental principle of natural rights. We feel that these natural rights are at the core of the foundation for justice in America. In this decisive moment, in the history of our nation, we believe that it is essential to embrace the Christian perspective of justice. This includes our commitment for the defense of fundamental natural rights, which are the foundation for any just society. Further, we stand committed to the Agenda of the Lamb. The Lamb’s agenda reconciles both the vertical and horizontal elements of the cross, a platform of righteousness and justice. The cross is both vertical and horizontal. Vertically, we stand connected to God, his kingdom, eternal life, spiritual truths, divine principles, and glory. Horizontally, to our left and to our right, we exist surrounded and revealed through community, relationships, family, culture, and society. The nexus is the strongest part of the cross, the intersection of righteousness and justice. The NHCLC believes in the historical and prophetic place of the Latino community in the United States, and as such, we stand wholly committed to the justice aspect of the Lamb’s Agenda. Considering the diverse nature of the Latino culture, we believe that one of the main goals of Latino Christians should be the promotion of the unity of the body of Christ and racial reconciliation. We believe that in a just America, there is no place for racial discrimination. We embrace the legacy of great Christian civil rights leaders, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who fought against the evil of racial prejudice. Following his example, we will continue to advocate for a culture in which all human beings are judged not by the “color of the skin, but by the content of their character.” We recognize the right to life, as the most important natural right. Without respect for the right to life, all other natural inalienable rights are irrelevant. The Bible, embryology and genetics show that human life begins at the time of conception. Therefore the protection of the right to life should begin at that time. We believe that in America, it is essential to construct a culture, to ensure respect for the right to life, of unborn children, the elderly, the handicapped, our nation’s youth, and of all human beings who live in this great nation. We express our concern regarding the increasing intolerance against Christianity in America. Disregarding the lessons of history, which show that secularism, atheism and moral relativism lead to the decadency and crisis of societies, there is a powerful effort, in America, to marginalize Christians and disregard the great and positive contributions of Christianity. We will always stand up strongly and prophetically for the defense of our inherent and natural right to religious liberty. We express our commitment to join the struggle against all forms of injustice, including the horrendous crime of human trafficking, which in the 21st century should not exist. We live in a world where people are bound by pornography, sexual compulsion, alcohol and depression. Christians carry the antidote to moral relativism, spiritual apathy, and cultural decadence. The antidote is nothing less than the Lamb’s agenda. As Christians and as Hispanics, we stand committed to a just, fair, and biblically mandated reform of our nation’s broken immigration system. So many of our families have been torn apart because our system is unjust and arbitrary. We do not ask for amnesty, but we pray that our nation’s immigrants be given an earned opportunity to get right with the law and to have a chance at reconciliation. It is unjust and unworthy of our great nation, to have a two-tiered society, where so many millions of immigrants are living in the marginal shadows of the American Dream. In closing, we believe and affirm that the Christian worldview is the foundation for the construction and maintenance of a just society in America. An authentic Christian faith is the strongest testimony for truth, justice and equality. America needs to be reintroduced to not just any god, but to the living, sovereign God, a living gospel in a living church. This is the time to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ in action and in unity!