In the aftermath of the George Zimmerman
verdict, and the need to address racism as a spiritual problem, a diverse
group of Christian ministers and leaders drafted the following declaration
in Sanford, Florida:
Today this group of ministers and leaders stands as representatives of the
gospel of Jesus Christ and His church. We see racism as a threat to the Body
of Christ and our mission to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).
The focus of our collective activities the next few years is to form relationships
in order to end expressed racism within the church and society. By doing so,
we will lead the way for the rest of our nation to rise above the crippling
specter of racism in our culture. Our scriptural guideline for these activities
comes from the Apostle Paul's words in Ephesians 4:15 read as follows: "Speaking
the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head,
that is, Christ."
We believe that God has gifted us and millions yet to be called to minister
for Him in this regard. We believe that God works in the lives of chosen men
and women. Further, we believe that the Lord uses His appointed leaders to
transform history. We believe that the key to ending racism in the United
States and in other nations lies in Christians developing and promoting genuine
relationships among each other - just as it is being done in Sanford, Florida
since the spring of 2012. As a result, Sanford did not experience the rioting,
looting, and violence that other regions did after the July 2013 George Zimmerman
not guilty verdict. Additionally, Christians should develop intentional relationships
that will result from "living life together," thereby manifesting in some
of the following:
- Pulpit exchanges between Church families
- Joint leadership and family retreats.
- Cross-cultural evangelism of other races.
- Multi-racial church planting and development.
- Cross-cultural home mission projects in the local metropolitan areas to
- Lifting families out of generational poverty.
- Motivating at risk black, white, Asian, and Hispanic youths (especially males) in developing
a sense of personal respect, destiny and worthwhile goals.
- Developing minority,
university scholarship programs and entrepreneurial opportunities
- Other creative local programs that will be developed locally.
- Lay a foundation for change with prayer and intercession. Leaders in Attendance
We call on Christians around the country to meet and develop a statement for
your own communities. We also encourage both clergy and individual Christians
to sign The Sanford Declaration: A Covenant of Racial Reconciliation, Relationship,
and Christian Cultural Reformation.
To indicate your support of The Sanford Declaration,
click the "Add Your Name" button below.