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February 28, 2017
NRB Board Resolutions Speak on Protection of Marriage Beliefs, Israel, Christians in Middle East, Electronic Media Access, Prayer
ORLANDO, Fla. (NRB) -- The National Religious Broadcasters Board of Directors adopted five resolutions yesterday (Feb. 27) highlighting important issues for Christian media professionals and honoring long-time staff member. The NRB Board, a body of approximately a hundred key leaders among Christian communicators, unanimously approved statements on:
- Demanding Defense of Freedom to Uphold Biblical Marriage and Sexuality: Less than two weeks after the Washington State Supreme Court unanimously declared a Christian florist was required to design floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding, the Board called on the federal government to “faithfully preserve, protect, and defend the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee that all citizens are free to speak and free to exercise the tenets of their faith in daily life.” The resolution also called for federal and state laws “preventing government intolerance and discrimination” against those upholding traditional marriage, and urged the nation to “return to the truth that marriage is the sacred union between one man and one woman.”
- In Support of Israel: In addition to calling on NRB members to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem,” the board affirmed Israel’s adherence to democratic principles, and urged the U.S. to continue to stand by Israel. The resolution also called on Christian denominations and organizations to “reject and guard against the dangerous Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement.”
- In Support of Christians in the Middle East: The Board honored the “longstanding and faithful” Christian communities in the Middle East and urged prayer for them in the face of persecution. The Board also encouraged its members to urge the U.S. to “take decisive action in defense of Christians threatened by genocide.”
- Urging Freedom to Access Electronic Media: The Board called on citizens and the government to “work actively to ensure freedom in electronic media domestically and globally” in the face of challenges to such freedom. NRB members are also urged to “pray and ready themselves for struggles ahead to ensure freedom and fairness in access to all electronic media in order that the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ may be proclaimed on those platforms to listeners, viewers, and readers.”
- Praying for the Nation: Following the 2016 election of a new president, vice president, and Congress, the Board urges all Americans to pray for all government leaders, including those elected, the Supreme Court and the Federal Communications Commission. The Board also honored American military and law enforcement, and praised NRB members for their “acts of charity and purposeful ministry partnerships aimed at demonstrating the love, hope, and reconciling power of the Lord Jesus Christ to a nation in need.”
- Honoring Anne Dunlap for 40 Years of Service: Having joined the NRB staff in 1976, Dunlap was thanked and honored by the Board for “her four decades of service and her firm commitment to the association and its mission to advance biblical truth, to promote media excellence, and to defend free speech.”
Resolutions are often adopted by the Board of Directors during NRB’s International Christian Media Convention and serve as statements by NRB as an association expressing its support or opposition to domestic legislation, cultural movements, judicial decisions, geopolitical or international issues, or events of particular importance to NRB members. The full text of this week’s resolutions are available here.
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a nonpartisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth, promote media excellence, and defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.
About the NRB Convention
The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. The next Convention, Proclaim 18, will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, February 27-March 2, 2018. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.
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