2021 Moral Action Agency Resolutions
Resolution #1 – Pray for Peace In The Middle East
- WHEREAS, we recognize the long-standing hostility that has existed between Israel and her neighboring borders; and
- WHEREAS, The Scriptures call for us to pray for the peace of Israel (Psalms 122:6); and
- WHEREAS, we affirm God’s love for and offer of salvation in Christ to all people, including both Jewish and Palestinian people; and
- WHEREAS, both the Old and New Testament affirm God’s special purposes and providential care for the Jewish people (Genesis 12:1-3; Genesis 17:1-21; Romans 9-11): and
- WHEREAS, the Jewish people have an historic connection to the land of Israel, a connection that is rooted in the promises of God Himself; and
- WHEREAS, the international community restored land to the Jewish people in 1947 to provide a homeland for them and re-establish the nation of Israel; now therefore, be it
- RESOLVED, that the messengers to the Baptist Missionary Association of America, meeting in Waxahachie, Texas, August, 2021; support the right of Israel to exist as a sovereign state; and be it further
- RESOLVED, that we express our abhorrence of all forms of terrorism as inexcusable, barbaric, and cowardly acts; and be it further
- RESOLVED, that we denounce revenge in any form as a response to past offences (Romans 12:17-21) but support the right of sovereign nations to use force to defend themselves against aggressors; and be it further
- RESOLVED, that we call on the Palestinian people to reform their government structures and constitutions to repudiate terrorism and tyranny; and be it further
- RESOLVED, that we call on Israeli and Palestinian people to pursue policies that promote genuine
- religious liberty and peace between themselves and their neighbors; and be it further
- RESOLVED, that we call on the United States and the nations of the world to offer whatever
- assistance they can to help secure peace in the Middle East; and be it further
- RESOLVED, that we pledge to pray for peace in the Middle East, and especially for Israel; and be it finally
- RESOLVED, that we pray that the true peace of our Lord will reign in the lives of the Israeli and Palestinian people and that this peace will bring blessings to this war-torn land.
Resolution #2 – The years of Roe v. Wade
- WHEREAS, the Bible affirms that the unborn baby is a person bearing the image of God from the moment of conception (Psalms 139:13-16; Luke 1:44); and
- WHEREAS, Scripture further commands the people of God to plead for protection for the innocent and justice for the fatherless (Psalms 72:12-14; Psalms 82:3; James 1:27); and
- WHEREAS, January, 2021, marked forty- eight years since the 1973 United States Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade (January 22, 1973), which legalized abortion in all fifty states, and
- WHEREAS, the Baptist Missionary Association of America has maintained a robust commitment to the sanctity of all human life, including that of the unborn, beginning with pro-life resolutions in 1990; and
- WHEREAS, in a previous associational meeting we adopted a positional paper which affirms that children “from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord”; and further affirm that Missionary Baptists are mandated by Scriptures to ‘speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death”; and
- WHEREAS, the legacy of Roe v. Wade has grown to include ongoing assaults on human life such as euthanasia, the harvesting of human embryos for the purposes of medical experimentation, and an accelerating move toward human cloning; now, therefore, be
- RESOLVED, that the messengers to the Baptist Missionary Association of America, meeting in Waxahachie, TX, August, 2021, reiterate our conviction that the 1973 Roe V Wade decision was based on a fundamentally flawed understanding of the United States Constitution, human embryology, and the basic principles of human rights; and be it further
- RESOLVED, that we reaffirm our belief that the Roe v. Wade decision was an act of injustice against innocent unborn children as well as against vulnerable women in crisis pregnancy situations, both of which have been victimized by a “sexual revolution: that empowers predatory and irresponsible men and by a lucrative abortion industry that has fought against even the most minimal restrictions on abortion; and be it further
- RESOLVED, that we offer our prayers, love and our advocacy for women and men who have been abused by abortion and the emotional, spiritual, and physical aftermath of this practice; affirming that the gospel of Jesus Christ grants complete forgiveness, including that of abortion; and be it further
- RESOLVED, that we urge our Missionary Baptist churches to remain vigilant in the protection of human life by preaching the whole counsel of God on matters of human sexuality and the sanctity of life, by encouraging and empowering Missionary Baptists to adopt unwanted children, by providing spiritual, emotional, and financial support for women in crisis pregnancies, and by calling on our government officials to take actions to protect the lives of women and children; and be it finally
- RESOLVED, that we pray and work for the repeal of Roe v. Wade decision and for the day when abortion will, again, be illegal.
Resolution #3 – The Sacredness of the Lord’s Day
- WHEREAS, the Lord’s Day commemorates the resurrection of Christ from the dead and should be observed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private, with a wholesome use of the day, by resting from secular employments with the exceptions of works of necessity.
- THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we the messengers of the Baptist Missionary Association, meeting in Waxahachie, TX, August, 2021, encourage support and strengthening the observances of the Lord’s Day as a day of unique religious experience and significance thus keeping alive an awareness of the “first day of the week” as the Lord’s Day and the importance of keeping it “as unto the Lord.” Lord’s Day should be used as:
- 1) Day of worship, religious instructions, and service to others,
- 2) We make a strong appeal to all of our churches and people to call our generation back to the proper observance of this fundamental order of Christian faith, a day of rest and worship.
Resolution #4 – Good Manners
- WHEREAS, “good manners and etiquette are not simply rules, laws and guidelines to live by, they encompass so much more than this.” We, as associational Baptist should practice, teach, and reteach to young and old alike.
- WHEREAS, “good manners and etiquette encompass many attributes such as morality, kindness, goodness, honor, integrity, honesty and consideration for your fellow human beings.”
- WHEREAS, values are essential to the civility of our society. We strongly encourage modeling manners to all others. These words/actions should be practiced and encouraged by all:
- 1) Addressing elders as “sir” and “ma’am”
- 2) Learning to say “I’m sorry” when wrong
- 3) Words of appreciation “please,” “thank you,” “excuse me,” “may I help?”
- 4) Always being considerate of others time and being prompt. “letting someone know that you are arriving late does not make it acceptable”
- BE IT RESOLVED, that we the messengers of the Baptist Missionary Association of America, meeting at Waxahachie, TX, August, 2021, strongly encourage modeling good manners in a Christian spirit of thankfulness.