This week Americans across the nation commemorated the powerful legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 50 years after the shock of his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.
NRB president & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson reflected “on the need to embrace both Dr. King’s message of racial reconciliation and his method of non-violent protest.” In a similar spirit, the NRB Board of Directors, a body of approximately 100 key leaders among Christian communicators, unanimously adopted a resolution “Praying for Reconciliation and Peace in the United States” at Proclaim 18 in Nashville. In that statement, the Board declares, “NRB calls on its members to embrace equality and reconciliation, specifically being mindful in neighbor love and ministry partnerships to reach across racial, ethnic, and partisan lines that have divided too many for too long, demonstrating through love that we are His disciples.”
The resolution also “denounces any form of racism, anti-Semitism, or ethnic discrimination” and those who “inflame tension for their own gain;” “prays for deliverance for our church, our ministries, our communities, and our nation from the venom and traps from violent individuals;” and thanks and honors government agents “who dutifully and bravely work to uphold a just and orderly society.”
The full text of NRB’s resolution approved by the Board on February 27 is included below:
Whereas, The Holy Scriptures reveal to us that Eve is the mother of all the living (Genesis 3:20), all humanity is descended from common parentage (Acts 17:26), and all people ought to be treated with dignity as beings created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27; cf. James 3:9-10).
Whereas, Our Lord Jesus Christ said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).
Whereas, The Holy Scriptures teach us that government authorities are responsible under God to uphold a good and orderly society (Romans 13:1–7).
Whereas, The United States Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Whereas, America faces monumental challenges, including festering domestic wounds based on race, ethnicity, religion, and ideological affiliation that have stirred deep divisions and even violence. Indeed, 2017 was marked by an alarming escalation of vicious slander, hateful vandalism of property, and wanton thuggery.
Therefore Be It Resolved, NRB expresses thanksgiving to our Lord for creating all human beings in His image, and we give thanks that believers from every race and ethnicity are all one in Christ. NRB calls on its members to embrace equality and reconciliation, specifically being mindful in neighbor love and ministry partnerships to reach across racial, ethnic, and partisan lines that have divided too many for too long, demonstrating through love that we are His disciples.
Therefore Be It Resolved, NRB denounces any form of racism, anti-Semitism, or ethnic discrimination, and NRB opposes the actions of those who would seek to inflame tension for their own gain.
Therefore Be It Resolved, In the spirit of Psalm 140, NRB prays for deliverance for our churches, our ministries, our communities, and our nation from the venom and traps of violent individuals “who plan evil things in their heart and stir up wars continually” (verse 2).
Therefore Be It Resolved, NRB thanks and honors those agents of government who dutifully and bravely work to uphold a just and orderly society in which the constitutional freedoms of every citizen, regardless of background, are enjoyed through the structure of the law.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: April 6, 2018