Thousands support prison reform initiative aimed at one 'redemptive for all'
Logos Post News Desk - Christian leaders at four collaborative sponsor organizations are leading a united effort for criminal justice reform, gathering over 100 key leader's signatures and thousands of others. "The Justice Declaration" was announced Tuesday and aims to unify Christian voices towards real change in the United State's criminal justice system.
The declaration is sponsored by The Colson Center, Prison Fellowship, the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the National Association of Evangelicals. It states, "Because the good news of Jesus Christ calls the Church to advocate (or “be a witness”) for biblical truth and to care for the vulnerable, we, His followers, call for a justice system that is fair and redemptive for all. The Church has both the unique ability and unparalleled capacity to confront the staggering crisis of crime and incarceration in America and to respond with restorative solutions for communities, victims, and individuals responsible for crime."
The initiative was released at press conference in Washington, D. C. on Tuesday.
"While Christians can and will differ on how best to accomplish this and other goals, what we can’t differ on is the need to emulate Chuck Colson in his desire to “do something” about the situation in our prisons and in our communities, writes John Stonestreet, Executive Director of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. "Which is why nearly 100 Christian leaders have signed the Justice Declaration."
Prison Fellowship's approach includes ministering to the prisoners, the prisoner's families, the wardens and the victims and their family. This ministry includes the presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They also seek to serve convicts in their reentry into society and successfully make the difficult acclamation into being a productive citizen again.
The array of Christian leaders who have signed on include Ravi Zacharias, Dr. George Wood - Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Joni Eareckson Tada - Founder & CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, and Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez -President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, among many more. Over 1,300 others have joined with the initiative, signing their names to the cause of criminal justice reform in our nation. Those interested in signing their name to the declaration can do so at the Declaration website.