An Evangelical Call to Civic Responsibility

The document, which can be read in full below, has been the policy guide of the National Association of Evangelicals since 2004.

Introduction

The concerns we face in the United States are great, but they are not greater than God. Read more.

The Basis for Christian Civic Engagement

We engage in public life because God created our first parents in his image and gave them dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:27–28). Read more.

The Method for Christian Civic Engagement

Every political judgment requires both a normative vision and factual analysis. Read more.

The Structures of Public Life

In the beginning, God invited human beings to partner with him in the governing and care of creation (Genesis 1:28–30). Read more.


PRINCIPLES OF CHRISTIAN POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT

1. Protecting Religious Freedom and Liberty of Conscience

God has ordained the two coexisting institutions of church and state as distinct from the other with each occupying its own center of authority under a sovereign God. Read more.

2. Safeguarding the Nature and Sanctity of Human Life

Because God created human beings in his image, every human life from conception to death bears the image of God and has inestimable worth. Read more.

3. Strengthening Marriages, Families and Children

Throughout the Bible the family is central to God’s vision for human beings and human society. Read more.

4. Seeking Justice and Compassion for the Poor and Vulnerable

Jesus summed up God’s law by commanding us to love God with all that we are and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:35–40). Read more.

5. Preserving Human Rights

Because God created males and females in his image, we are endowed with rights and responsibilities. Read more.

6. Pursuing Racial Justice and Reconciliation

The Bible uniformly teaches the essential dignity of all humans and the shared desire to belong in community. Read more.

7. Promoting Just Peace and Restraining Violence

Jesus and the prophets looked forward to the time when God’s reign would bring about just and peaceful societies in which people would enjoy the fruits of their labor without interference from foreign oppressors or unjust rulers. Read more.

8. Caring for God’s Creation

We are called as followers of Jesus to embrace and act responsibly to care for God’s earth while we reaffirm the important truth that we worship only the Creator and not the creation. Read more.

Sign-On Statement

Along with World Relief, we developed a short statement that highlights the principles found in our long-standing “For the Health of the Nation” document and champions a biblically balanced agenda. We invite all followers of Jesus — whether Democrats, Republicans or Independents — to join us in seeking the health of the nation for the good of all people.

This short statement was originally published in October 2020 in The Washington Post to encourage a faithful evangelical witness and to gain a respectful hearing for the gospel by those who are not yet believers.

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Christian Student Leadership Conference

Each year Christian college students who want to make a difference in healing our nation come to Washington, D.C., for a week-long event that equips and trains them to be part of the solution. Students explore public policy issues, careers in government or public service, what it means to be engaged citizens, and how to bring the light of Christ into the public square. They consider topics covered in “For the Health of the Nation” and learn to apply biblical principles to complex issues. Stay tuned for information about the 2022 Christian Student Leadership Conference.

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First Principles Project

In partnership with Christianity Today and American Awakening, the First Principles Project provides in one location the thinking of the best Christian minds of this generation on how we can reground our approach to political life — and renew our witness to America.

Our premise is simple. Even when we disagree on matters of policy and party, we should be united on the essential principles that shape our engagement in the public square. The sermons and presentations in this collection are available in video and transcript formats, and encourage believers in their fundamental responsibilities as “Citizens of the Kingdom, the Country, and their Communities.”

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