Monday, November 23, 2009

A Conservative Manifesto in Response to Halden (sort of)

Halden wrote about why conservatives should not write manifestos. I decided I would write one, I think I'm a conservative. I've been accused of being one anyway.  At the very least I'm conservative in the sense that I want to conserve the gospel of Jesus as the fundamental of being the church and of being Christian.
  1. Jesus is Lord and God raised him from the dead, to be believing the gospel, Christians believe this.
  2. The Lord Jesus is the king who brought God's reign upon the earth.
  3. The suffering, crucified Jesus is now the resurrected reigning Jesus.
  4. The victorious resurrected Jesus is the crucified Jesus who died for our sins.
  5. This same person brings forgiveness to his people as a part of the justice of his kingdom.
  6. He demands that as king he be the teacher of his people.
  7. As the teacher, he makes students, students of Jesus is a way of talking about Christians.
  8. Jesus does this through the Holy Spirit and his activity in the church community.
  9. The means by which the Spirit facilitates making students of Jesus is through the gospel, the bible that contains the gospel, and the sacraments.
  10. The the church is the community of people who teach each other the gospel, using the bible and sacraments, so that they can be Jesus' students, doing works of gospel proclamation, justice, and mercy in the world.


S. Coulter said...

Somebody who edited the Wikipedia entry on "Manifesto", wrote:

"A manifesto is a public declaration of principles and intentions, often political in nature. However, manifestos relating to religious belief are rather referred to as credo."

Why is your post a manifesto and not a creed? It strikes me as the latter, insofar as it doesn't seem to have much content as a political agenda.

Geoff Smith said...

By virtue of being unaligned with political powers except for Jesus Christ, I see the above as political. It includes the mandate of Jesus to make disciples of Jesus. People are invited to follow Jesus regardless of prior religious or political affiliation, and since Jesus calls for absolute allegiance, he deabsolutizes all other authorities. Discipleship to Jesus is political.