The Christian Alliance for Progress wants the political and church leaders of the Religious Right to learn a better understanding of basic Christian values, like justice, tolerance and compassion:
How We Seek to Follow the Jesus of the Gospels - Seven Values We Share:
Compassion and Care for "The Least of These"
We follow Jesus' call to compassion and his command to "love your neighbor as you love yourself."
Responsibility and Obligation
We heed the call to take up our cross - to transform our lives, but also to do more: to move beyond the "personal" and to take responsibility in our communities and country.
Justice for All
We stand against powerful systems of human injustice in our world as Jesus stood against them in his.
Equality and Inclusiveness
Like Jesus did among women, tax collectors, Samaritans and others, we reject hurtful exclusionary distinctions between "us" and "them."
We follow Jesus' call for responsible stewardship - caring protection for the environment and sharing of our worldly treasure.
Right Use of Power
We turn away from fear; we use the power of God that flows through us to protect the innocent and build justice in the world, not to coerce others to our will or force others to accept our vision.
We turn to God as our spiritual foundation.
Christians (and others because the Alliance is inclusive and tolerant, welcoming people of all faiths) who want to let the Religious Right know that they do not speak for them can add their signatures to The Christian Alliance for Progress' Jacksonville Declaration, a letter in which the group uses relatively strong language ("Know that you do not speak for us. We oppose so many of your words and deeds.") toward our conservative Christian brothers and sisters, invoking the Scriptures to refute misinterpretations of Biblical wisdom and Christian values.
The Jacksonville Declaration quotes a number of prominent conservative Christians' statements that the Alliance considers in contradiction with the spirit of tolerance and compassion in the Bible:
"You owe liberals nothing. They despise you because they despise your Christ." — Church Leader Bob Jones, to George W. Bush after 2004 election