HUMAN RIGHTS (1964)

WHEREAS the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is relevant to the problem of human rights; and,

WHEREAS the issue of human rights focuses upon the integrity of our democracy; and,

WHEREAS Christian obedience to the law of love requires a concern for one’s neighbor is plainly enjoined in Scripture; and,

WHEREAS no Christian can manifest a passive attitude when the rights of others are jeopardized;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Church of God continue to create a climate of informed and spiritual opinion, and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we identify a basic premise on which concerned opinion must rest. That premise, undergirded by the dignity and worth of every individual, assures all Americans the right to full citizenship. In particular this means that no American should, because of his race, or religion, be deprived of his right to worship, vote, rest, eat, sleep, be educated, live, and work on the same basis as other citizens; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Christian love and tolerance are incompatible with race prejudice and hatred; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Church of God—recognizing that moral problems are ultimately solved by changing the heart of the individual by the power of the Holy Ghost, resulting in a love for all men—supports that which assures all people those freedoms guaranteed in our Constitution; and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the church be urged to continue to practice the love and brotherhood it preaches (50th A., 1964, pp. 67, 68).


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