Golden Rule 2020 was launched by people in Christian churches, but actively welcomes all people–regardless of their faith. It provides an opportunity for Americans from a wide range of theological and political views to act on their concern about the polarization in our country. Congregations and individuals that participate in Golden Rule 2020: A Call for Dignity and Respect in Politics are invited to pray for our country and take specific actions to foster dignity and respect in politics.
Prominent Faith-based Leaders and Organizations Support Golden Rule2020
We are Christians with different theological and political views who have come together to express concern about the polarization and incivility that is tearing our country apart. We are also deeply troubled by the prospect of an angry and hateful political campaign season in 2020 that will further divide us as a nation.
We believe that we can find guidance through this national dilemma in the teachings of Jesus. In particular, we believe that Jesus’ command to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” should be taken seriously by Christians who engage in political activity. We also believe that if enough people follow this “Golden Rule” principle, it will help generate the respect and civility we so desperately need in our country. Churches have an important role to play in helping to heal America, and we hope and pray that local congregations will be active in efforts to increase understanding and bridge divisions in our country between now and the 2020 election.
To this end, we encourage Christians of different political views to come together on Sunday, November 3, 2019–exactly one year before the 2020 election–to participate in Golden Rule 2020: A Call for Dignity and Respect in Politics. On that day, we invite congregations and individuals to do two things: 1) pray for the healing of the divisions in our country, and 2) promote the use of the Golden Rule in our own political discussions and election activities in 2020
Denominational and Organizational Leaders
Supporting Golden Rule2020
- Dr. Paul Baxley—Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Director
Most Rev. Timothy P. Broglio—United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Committee on International Justice and Peace
Galen Carey—National Association of Evangelicals, Vice President
Most Rev. Michael B. Curry—The Episcopal Church, Presiding Bishop and Primate
Most Rev. Frank J. Dewane—United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Chairman, Committee on Domestic Justice and HumanDevelopment
Bishop Elizabeth Eaton—Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presiding Bishop
Rev. Curtis DeYoung—Minnesota Council of Churches, Director
Rev. Mark Ford—Love Akron Network, Founder
Don Golden—Red Letter Christians, Executive Director
Rev. Jimmie Hawkins—Presbyterian Church USA, Director, Office of Public Witness
Shirley Hoogstra—Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, President
Rev. Gabriel Salguero—National Latino Evangelical Coalition, President
Rev. Lee Spitzer—American Baptist Churches USA, General Secretary
Sandy Sorenson—United Church of Christ, Director of Washington Office
Ed Stetzer—Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, Director
- Lance Walker—The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Director, Public and International Affairs
- Inviting 10 others to join in this initiative (use #GoldenRule2020 on social media)
- Using the Golden Rule in your own political discussions and election activities
- Participating in a respectful structured conversation with those of different political views
- Spending 5 minutes during your worship service to use short Christian prayers and readings that explain Golden Rule 2020
- Incorporating a short Christian liturgy on the need for dignity and respect in politics in a worship service
- Sharing ideas about specific ways to apply the Golden Rule in political discussions on the church website or in bulletins.
- Preaching a sermon on the Golden Rule or other Christian teaching that promotes respect of others across differences
- Distributing a pledge affirming the desire to practice the Golden Rule in politics
- Issuing a joint statement to the media endorsing Golden Rule 2020 that is signed by pastors and church leaders who have different political views.
- Preparing a Sunday School lesson on Christian teachings about the Golden Rule or using short non-denominational Golden Rule lesson plans.
- Sponsoring a joint prayer service with members of another congregation where most people have different political views
Why others took the Golden Rule 2020 Pledge:
I took the Golden Rule 2020 Pledge because (1) public discourse in America needs to improve, (2) the improvement needs to start with me, and (3) the pledge describes how I myself want to be treated by those on the other side of issues.George
We cannot let our different political views divide our commitment to the Great Commission.Jeff
To take a stand agaist the politics of personal destruction that has been waged across the nationJohn
To make 2020 a year of love and growth and learning instead of a year of distrust and status quo and blindness.Lindsey
I want to be a part of the change we need.Paul
Because we are all humans created by God. We are allowed to have differing views right or wrong and not be cast down for those viewsDebbie
Civil discourse is essential for the preservation of a civil society and for a faithfulness to the Christian witness.Howard
Longing for reconciliation and civility in the church and the larger country.Rhonda