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On Secularization Of Our Culture

WHEREAS, America was founded upon principles derived from God’s Word and expressed in Judeo-Christian values; and

WHEREAS, The cultural drift in our nation toward secularism obscures moral absolutes under the guise of tolerance; and

WHEREAS, Some in our society seek to separate Christian expression from public life by misapplying the phrase “separation of church and state”; and

WHEREAS, We recognize our responsibility to be catalysts for Christ-honoring change in our culture; and

WHEREAS, God expects His people to embrace and reflect His passion for societal justice, relief for the oppressed, and protection of the helpless (Isaiah 1:17; 1 Peter 2:9-10); and

WHEREAS, Christ has called each of His followers to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20); to bear witness of Him to all the world (John 15:26-27; Acts 1:8); to project His holiness and love to contemporary culture (Matthew 5:13-16); and to present a commendable community of hope and life to a world in need (Acts 2:42-47); and

WHEREAS, America’s only hope is a spiritual awakening by the power of God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 15-16, 2004, urge Southern Baptists to cry out in desperation to God and seek His face in repentance and forgiveness for our part in the cultural decline that is taking place on our watch; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we call on Christians everywhere to aggressively engage the culture by speaking the truth in love concerning every aspect of life, public and private; and be it further

RESOLVED, That we exhort Southern Baptists to rekindle a prophetic voice by calling government officials to accountability for their personal conduct and the legislation they sponsor and support; and be it finally

RESOLVED, That in light of the imminent return of Christ, we call upon Christians everywhere to aggressively advance the Kingdom of God.