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A Statement on Faithful Responsibility in the Democratic Process

The Evangelical Environmental Network believes we have the responsibility to share the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We envision a world with abundant life for all where people are free from the burden of pollution, all creation flourishes in right relationship, and children have hope and expectation for a healthy, vibrant future. 

Therefore, as citizens of Christ’s Kingdom called to witness biblical values in the public sphere, we urge evangelicals and all Christians to vote as a critical exercise in public faithfulness to the witness of Jesus Christ.

In our discourse, both public and private, we must conduct ourselves in the manner of Christ—with grace, truth, compassion, and humility, as Scripture makes plain:

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (Colossians 3:12-14)

As a guide for public engagement and responsible Christian witness, we humbly pray that all Christians will ground their civic engagement on the following biblical principles: 

  • Faith: Because we believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, we join the Risen Christ in the work of building his Kingdom and restoring the works of his hand.
  • Hope: Our hope is in Christ who is redeeming all things (Col. 1:18). We offer a hopeful witness amid the climate crisis, the unchecked degradation of creation, and other injustices.
  • Love: As an act of love of God, neighbor, and self, we joyfully commit ourselves to take diligent care of all God has made so that all may thrive.
  • Life: Christian civic engagement must defend the sanctity of all life as the gift from God that it is. God provided balance throughout creation, but our actions have thrown it out of balance. Christ came so that all may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10). Faithful Christian action in the public square seeks the restoration of all creation and to free all people from the burden of pollution, climate instability, and other structural sins that threaten their right to abundant life in God. 
  • Justice: For all people and all creation, especially those most vulnerable including children and those experiencing poverty and racial injustice. 
  • Stewardship: We are called to live as good stewards of all creation to ensure the sanctity of all life and the purity of water, air, and soil.
  • Action: We advocate and act to glorify God and to secure our neighbor’s good as a fundamental part of our discipleship to Christ.

Created in God’s Image – The Sacredness of Humanity

So God created humankind in his image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)

Being created in the image of God establishes the value of all persons regardless of race, creed, economic status, or identity. Our Declaration of Independence enshrines this value as a basic right and a founding ideal of our nation:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…

Each generation has the responsibility to uphold and defend these rights whenever and wherever necessary. Today, we find ourselves at such a time. We believe in the right of all citizens to cast their ballot in the safest way possible; that all votes must be counted and recorded; and that all eligible voters must be able to cast their ballot without fear, intimidation, coercion, or any other action that would limit their ability to participate in the democratic process.

Furthermore, after the certification of election results, we call for a peaceful and unchallenged transition of power, following the example and upholding the legacy of all previous national elections.

As followers of Jesus, we affirm our commitment to Scripture and its principles of justice and righteousness. As we consider our civic responsibility to vote and to defend the rights of all to cast their ballot, the words of the Prophet Amos are our guide:

But let justice roll on like a river,
    righteousness like a never-failing stream! (Amos 5:24)


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Signatories

Signatories are signing as individuals. Titles and Organizations are listed for identification purposes only.

Mitchell Hescox, President/CEO, Evangelical Environmental Network Walter Kim, President, National Association of Evangelicals Leith Anderson, President Emeritus, National Association of Evangelicals Scott Arbeiter, President, World Relief
Jo Anne Lyon, General Supt Emerita, The Wesleyan Church John Jenkins, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Glenarden Luis Cortes, President, Esperanza Doug Birdsall, Honorary Chair, The Lausanne Movement
Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister, United Church of Christ Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition John Lyon, President, World Hope International Kathi Groenendyk, Professor, Calvin University
Galen Carey, VP of Government Relations, National Association of Evangelicals Scott Sabin, Chief Executive Officer, Plant With Purpose George H. Soltero, Esq., Law Office of George H. Soltero Nathaniel Goodson, Pastor, Prayer Chapel Church of God in Christ
Jeremy Summers, Chair, Board of Directors, Evangelical Environmental Network Ronald J. Sider, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Eastern University Shane Claiborne, Co-Founder, Red Letter Christians Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, National Spokesperson, Young Evangelicals For Climate Action
Scott Rodin, President, The Stewards Journey Ben Lowe, Co-Chair, Christians For Social Action Philip J. Landrigan, Director, Program for Global Public Health and the Common Good. Chestnut Hill, MA Phil Covert, EEN Board Member. York, PA
Jessica Moerman, Senior Director for Science and Policy, Evangelical Environmental Network. Washington, DC Dave McCullough, Representative for PA, Evangelical Environmental Network. York, PA Jim Ball, Past President, Evangelical Environmental Network. Vienna, VA Kim Anderson, Western PA/Eastern Ohio Field Organizer, Evangelical Environmental Network. Ebensburg, PA
Victoria Goebel, Communications Director, Evangelical Environmental Network. Framingham, MA Max Finberg, Minister, Third Street Church of God. Takoma Park, MD Chris Moerman, Pastor, Grace Capital City. Washington, DC Linda Cook MacDonald, PCUSA Honorably Retired Pastor. Mattawan, MI
Tom Theriault, Retired pastor. CA Rick Bourque, Pastor, Red Cedar Church. East Lansing, MI Kelly M. Barefoot, Pastor. Thomasville, NC. Ken Loyer, Lead Pastor, Spry Church. York, PA
Gary DeWitt, Pastor, New Hope Wesleyan Church. New Castle, PA David Y. Norris, Pastor, United Methodist Church. Mount Wolf, PA Sandy Kraft, Pastor, Wellsville United Methodist Parish. Wellsville, PA Garrett Vickrey, Senior Pastor, Woodland Baptist Church. San Antonio, TX
Lorraine Stuart, Pastor (retired). Bend, OR Glen G. Scorgie, Professor of Theology and Ethics, Bethel University. San Diego, CA Gail Gunst Heffner, Emerita, Calvin University. Grand Rapids, MI
David Paul Warners, Professor of Biology, Calvin University. Grand Rapids, MI Erik Lindquist, Department Chair, Biological Sciences, Messiah College. Mechanicsburg, PA Calvin B. DeWitt, Professor of Environmental Studies Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Au Sable Institute Dorothy Boorse, Professor of Biology, Gordon College. Wenham, MA
David Warners, Professor of Biology, Calvin University. Grand Rapids, MI Mike Mooring, Professor of Biology, Point Loma Nazarene University. San Diego, CA David Allen Larrabee, Professor Emeritus. Jersey City, NJ George Dodd Galbreath, Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Programs, Lipscomb University. Nashville, TN
Mike Dorrell, Professor of Biology, Point Loma Nazarene University. San Diego, CA James Steadman, Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Licoln, NE Martha Lyle Ford, Director, Center for Faith and Imagination, Memphis Theological Seminar. Memphis, TN
James Cho, Professor, Grace Mission University. Fullerton, CA Debra K. Rienstra, Professor of English, Calvin University. Grand Rapids, MI Timothy Tee Boddie, Church Engagement Consultant, Sojourners. Washington, DC Richard V. Smythe, Climate Change Coalition of Door County. Sister Bay, WI
John H. Edwards, Director, Mountain Wildlife Days. Sapphire, NC Brian Webb, Director, Climate Caretakers. Houghton, NY Hyepin Im, President and CEO, Faith and Community Empowerment. Los Angeles, CA Caleb Haynes, Organizer, Nazarenes for Creation Care. Nashville, TN
Joel C. Hunter, Founder/Chairman, Community Resource Network. Casselberry, FL Richard Killmer, Climate Witness Project. Grand Rapids, MI Mark Stephenson,, Interim Director, Office of Social Justice, Christian Reformed Church in North America. Grand Rapids, MI Donald Brandt, Senior Reseacher (retired), World Vision International. Albany, OR
John Ashburn, Medical Scientist. Martinsville, VA Don Faber-Langendoen, Senior Ecologist, NatureServe. Syracuse, NY Hilary Lynch, ReachGlobal. Rogers, AR Jen Manlief, Director, The Bridge Care Center. Seattle, WA
Edward K.C Kaahea, Director of Environmental Programs, Keala O Iesu Ministries-Kauai. Kapaa, HI Richard E. Waldrop, The Shalom Project. Cleveland, TN Allen Johnson, Coordinator, Christians for the Mountains. Dunmore, WV Nancy Watson. Princeton, NJ
Kabyn Vikesland. San Antonio, TX Susan Schlepp. Sammamish, WA Sheryl Pedrick. MD Vicky Senter. Chicago, IL
Kathryn Zimmerman. Quincy, CA Keith Johnson. Quincy, MA Mike Schafale. Fuquay-Varina, NC Elizabeth Kauffman, public school teacher. Howard City, MI
Debra Smith. Milwaukie, OR Katie Wenger. Swarthmore, PA Diane Flemming. GA Shelby Ward. TN
Aaron Taylor, film producer. NM Thomas E. McWhertor. Grand Rapids, MI Jon and Mary Smith. Castle Rock, CO Dana Thune. Saint Paul, MN
Sarah Withrow King. OR Lander Compton. Marysville, IN Nile Arena. IN Phillip A Blount. Henderson, NV
Jack Swearengen. Santa Rosa, CA Jacob Helmka, Founder and Guide, Creative Guiding LLC. Chesapeake, VA Luke Fournier. Pittsburgh, PA John Mustol. Houston, TX
David Garner. Springfield, TN Geri C Sjoquist, Attorney, Sjoquist Law LLC. Virginia, MN Lisa Hammill. Danville, CA Debra Lichtenthaeler. Minneapolis, MN
Peggy Ann Berry, CEO, Thrive at Life: Working Solutions. Dayton, OH Susan Wallin. Arlington, VA David Best, President, Towel & Basin | Center for Urban Strategy Development. TN & NY David Garner. Springfield, TN
Charles Thrawley, retired librarian. Martinsville, IN Mary Hanson. OR Linda Diane Kirksey, Founder, Compassionate Communication of Lafayette. Lafayette, LA Kathy Brittenham. Indiana
Tim Good.IL Alasia Ledford, MDiv, BSN, RN. NC Sarah Pagliuzza. IL Suellen Lowry. Bayside, CA
Charles Kuster, Meteorologist. Norman, OK Dan Engel, Stewardship Coordinator, Chikaming Open Lands. Sawyer, MI Lisa Marie Prescott, CEHP, retired science educator. Lakeland, FL Darlene Mouw. Sioux Center, IA
Helen Lack. MN Charles L Nunu. Houston, TX Terri Steadman. Lincoln, NE Sean Ebels Duggan. Evanston, IL
Angela T Kantola. Littleton, CO Jeannette Thompson. New Orleans, LA Melody Scott. Media, PA Olin M. Ivey, Retired UMC Minister. Chattanooga, TN
Jack Tinsley, R&D Scientist for Oilfield Chemicals. Katy, TX Jeff Hammarlund, Creation Justice Committee. Portland, OR Mitchell Kellogg. Salem, OR. E. Mary McFadden. Salem, OR
Kathryn Nichols. TX Kyle Fisher. Bel Air, MD Robin Hsu. Gettysburg, PA

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