Evangelical document tries to present more nuanced social position

A landmark statement
In a self-defining paper for the broad spectrum of U.S. evangelicals, a landmark document nearing completion warns against close alignment with one political party and endorses government-aided social policies that are fair and just for all.

While saying patriotism is commendable, the statement also says Christians “must be careful to avoid the excesses of nationalism.” The document was three years in the making under the aegis of the National Association of Evangelicals.

The NAE includes 52 denominations, independent churches and special ministries from a variety of evangelical and Pentecostal traditions, though the large Southern Baptist Convention has never been a member. The draft being reviewed by 100 church leaders comes from a committee cochaired by Ron Sider, president of Evangelicals for Social Action, and Diane Knippers, president of the conservative Institute on Religion and Democracy. The NAE board will consider it at its October meeting.

 

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