What is Social Concern?

We affirm that God is both the creator and the Judge of all [humans]. We therefore share His concern for justice and reconciliation throughout human society and for the liberation of [humans] form every kind of oppression. Because [human]kind is made in the image of God, every person, regardless of race, religion, [color], culture, class, sex or age, has an intrinsic dignity because of which he[/she] should be respected and served, not exploited. . . . Although reconciliation with [humans] is not reconciliation with God, nor is social action evangelism, nor is political liberation salvation, nevertheless we affirm that evangelism and socio-political involvement are both part of our Christian duty. For both are necessary expressions of our doctrines of God and [humans], our love for our neighbor and our obedience to Jesus Christ. The message of salvation implies also a message of judgment upon every form of alienation, oppression and discrimination, and we should not be afraid to denounce evil and injustice wherever they exist. When people receive Christ they are born again into His kingdom and must seek not only to exhibit but also to spread its righteousness in the midst of an unrighteous world. The salvation we claim should be transforming us in the totality of our personal and social responsibilities. Faith without works in dead.