"When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people…" with these words our Declaration of Independence begins.
The signers continued by affirming "Nature's God," "self-evident truths" and our "Creator." Then our brave forefathers, putting their very lives on the line, ended their statement of convictions by declaring, "with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."
At another historic moment, a courageous leader named Nehemiah led the people of God in a similar pledge that is recorded in the Bible (Neh.10:28-39). They promised to uphold marriage as God intended (v30) and "obey carefully all the commands, regulations and decrees of the Lord our God" (v29).
Today the time has come, at a similar defining moment, to follow these examples and collectively express our convictions so we will not waver in difficult days ahead.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…" (Heb. 12:1-2).
May we be found faithful as we draw upon His grace to be as He called us "the salt of the earth" and the "light of the world."
OUR SOLIDARITY PLEDGE
1. We Pledge to Obey God, Not Government, Regarding the Sanctity of Life and Marriage.
Scripture tells us, "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Rom. 12:2). Therefore, any secular rulings contrary to God's will for unborn babies, marriage and family cannot be honored by His obedient children. We will remain charitable but resolute that we will not capitulate.
The most innocent and defenseless in our midst must always be protected and given "the right to life." And since the Bible begins and ends with marriage, we will remain faithful to uphold natural marriage between a man and a woman. The two legs upon which our society stands are these: the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage.
2. We Pledge to Honor Our Nation's Scriptural Not Secular Heritage.
Our Founding Fathers established our nation on Judeo-Christian foundations and pledged obedience to Him and divinely–ordained standards. As a result we've been blessed like no nation in history.
Until recent generations, we basically remained faithful but now find ourselves seriously adrift from those principles that made America great. We freshly pledge to humbly endeavor to reclaim our godly heritage as "one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
Founding Father, Daniel Webster, reminds us:
"If we and our posterity shall be true to the Christian religion, if we and they shall be always in the fear of God, and shall respect His commandments, if we and they shall maintain just moral sentiments and such conscientious convictions of duty as shall control the heart and life, we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country…but if we and our posterity reject religious institutions and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us, that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity."
3. We Pledge to Trust in God's Protection Amidst Judgment While Praying for Spiritual Awakening.
The prophet Ezekiel was a "watchmen on the wall" who warned people of impending judgment for continuing to violate God's righteous standards. Child-sacrifice and disregarding divine standards for marriage and family brought discipline intended to turn people back to God.
For the remnant who remained faithful, God reassured them that amidst severe punishment, righteous ones like Noah, Daniel and Job were supernaturally protected (Ezek.14:14). May we stand on their shoulders and experience similar deliverance.
In the meantime, we must resist the peril of familiarity and heed the promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14:
"If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
Together we pledge to wholeheartedly turn away from any known sin in our own lives and return to wholehearted devotion to Jesus. We will remain courageous in boldly and charitably proclaiming God's Word. We also promise to give ourselves to evangelizing the lost as we believe for another Great Awakening like we've experienced twice in our nation's history.
Like our forefathers we encourage each other and declare in unison: "With a firm on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor."
[WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO POST THIS PLEDGE AND PASS IT ON FOR PROCLAMATION IN PUBLIC ASSEMBLIES]