Golden Rule 2020 - a call to apply this ethical principle to our political discussions
Golden Rule is a principle held by many faiths and cultures. Golden Rule 2020 actively welcomes all people – regardless of their faith.
The Golden Rule - a personal practice and a practical strategy for change
1) A personal spiritual practice—Following the Golden Rule in interactions with others–even those we disagree with–is a core teaching of many faiths. The practice of applying this principle in our personal lives and interactions is challenging. And through ongoing personal reflection and conscious application to our interactions, we do find the courage and resolve to build bridges of respect with others.
2) A practical strategy for change–Martin Luther King famously said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness–only light can do that.” Similarly, hostility, anger and disdain only create more of the same. Treating someone with dignity and respect changes the nature of the conversation and opens up the possibility of real communication that can change relationships.
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 launch Golden Rule 2020: A Call for Dignity and Respect in Politics. On that day, and throughout 2020, 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.
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
- State your intention to use the Golden Rule as a guide for political interactions in 2020
- Tell your family and friends about this initiative and ask them to join
- Learn about specific ways to apply the Golden Rule in your political interactions
- Share information on social media using #GoldenRule2020
- Participating in a respectful conversations with those of different views
- Issue a joint statement to the media endorsing Golden Rule 2020 that is signed by pastors and church leaders who have different political views.
- Conduct a Sunday School lesson on Christian teachings about the Golden Rule or using short non-denominational Golden Rule lesson plans.
- Invite members of your congregation to an online or in person discussion with people from a more liberal or conservative congregation than yours.
- Organize a small meeting or 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