Peace with Justice

Peace with Justice

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1973-07.2

MOTION by G. H. Blackburn was seconded and carried: 23EC73 that the following statement be accepted—

WHEREAS peace with justice has been an enduring dream and a continuing vision of the people of God in general, and of Baptists in particular; and

WHEREAS peace among nations, races, generations, classes, and the sexes continues to escape us,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we reaffirm the commitment made at the Twelfth Congress of the Baptist World Alliance in Tokyo, three years ago, to work with others “toward greater understanding and peace.”

BE IT ALSO RESOLVED that we earnestly thank God for whatever lessening of hostilities has taken place within the past year, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we express special gratitude to God for evident improvement in relationships between east and West, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, as we thank God for His peace that passes all understanding being unfolded by His grace in our personal lives, we pledge ourselves to work faithfully as instruments of His peace for the things that make for peace—justice, truth, and righteousness—to the furtherance of the great goal of peace on earth and good will among men.

Keywords

BWA; Justice; Peace; Peacemaking.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Denny, Robert S., editor. Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Executive Committee Held at Einsiedeln, Switzerland, July 13-17, 1973. Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1973.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Robert S. Denny, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Executive Committee Held at Einsiedeln, Switzerland, July 13-17, 1973 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1973), p. 32.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1973-07.2 Peace with Justice; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1973-07.2).

Peace with Justice

World Food Situation

BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1974-08.1

MOTION by Mrs. Mary Ross was seconded, and passed

EC74 that the following statement be adopted:

In view of the alarming world food situation threatening multitudes of the world’s population with famine and starvation, and recognizing the gospel mandate for Christian people to meet such urgent human need:

Be it resolved that:

1. We encourage mission agencies and related church bodies to assist peoples to increase food production, and to teach good nutrition — a significant contribution to meeting the food crisis in places where people are undernourished;

2. We urge nations of the world to expedite the export and import of food, seed, and fertilizer among the nations;

3. We respectfully recommend that nations increase their budgets for relief and development efforts, and encourage the greater use of multilateral aid;

4. We encourage governments of the world to pursue migration policies that will permit equitable and stable distribution of population;

5. We encourage the United Nations and governments to enter into international agreements over fishing rights and to reduce pollution of the oceans, so that the oceans could be used as a greater food source;

6. We ask that nations free religious bodies (such as Baptist unions) from foreign exchange restrictions, sufficiently to permit them to give financial and/or material support to such international relief efforts (as Baptist World Alliance Relief);

7. We further ask governments to permit duty free entry of relief supplies to authorized church-related relief agents;

8. We encourage the United Nations and other such international agencies to continue to utilize the non- governmental organizations, including church relief agencies, in the distribution of food in areas of need;

9. We urge all persons in positions of responsibility to take all necessary steps to reduce waste and to develop all available resources for the production of more food;

10. We call upon pastors and other leaders to preach and teach the specific responsibility of those who have plenty, to pray, give, and even to reduce their caloric intake so that more of the limited food supply of the world could be made available to those who are in want;

11. It is our conviction that an efficient relief service cannot be enacted unless peace is preserved on earth. Famine and starvation — among other causes — are a natural consequence of wars. We feel that it is our Christian duty to be actively engaged in promoting understanding among nations, and action conducive to peace. Peace and justice are pre-conditions enabling nations to work with the hope of success upon meeting the urgent material needs of the world.

Following on Page 50:

Carl Tiller thanked the Resolutions Committee and stated that the adopted resolution subsequently would be presented to the World Food Conference scheduled in Rome, Italy. Certain portions of the resolution are expected to be released to the press by Communications Secretary C. E. Bryant. Tiller suggested that member conventions may wish to call appropriate paragraphs to the attention of their governments, and other paragraphs to the attention of their churches.

The following suggestion by Ruth Rohlfs regarding disposition of the resolution was accepted: “Because of the staff of the United Nations Environmental Center has extended itself to be helpful in briefing and working with members of our Baptist fellowship, and because we share concern for the quality of this earth…we recommend that the Baptist World Alliance submit a copy of the resolution to the United Nations Environmental Center, Nairobi, Kenya.”

Keywords

BWA; Aid; Environmental Care; Hunger; Peace; Peacemaking; Relief Ministries; United Nations; War.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Denny, Robert S., editor. Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Louisville, Kentucky, August 6-9, 1974. Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1974.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Robert S. Denny, ed., Baptist World Alliance: Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee Held at Louisville, Kentucky, August 6-9, 1974 (Washington, D.C.: Baptist World Alliance, 1974), p. 49; see also p. 50.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1974-08.1 World Food Situation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA Executive Committee Resolution 1974-08.1).

Peace with Justice

Situation in Ukraine

BWA General Council Resolution 2014.5

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Izmir, Turkey, July 9-11, 2014:

ACKNOWLEDGES, with deep sadness and great concern, the current political crisis in Ukraine that has resulted in armed conflict, loss of life, displacement of many people and severe tension between Russia and Ukraine;

NOTES with concern that, in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine generally, the situation has led to increased religious persecution, especially against evangelical Christians; BELIEVES that our allegiance to Jesus Christ as Lord transcends all our national allegiances and aspirations, and that Christ, by his death on the Cross has “broken down the dividing walls of hostility”
(Ephesians 2:14), now and for all time to come;

SUPPORTS all efforts by the international community towards freedom, justice and peace for the whole of Ukraine, and all initiatives towards the reconciliation of those who have been in conflict with each another;

ENCOURAGES the work of Ukrainian Baptists in reaching out in the love of Christ to those most affected by the conflict;

URGES the leaders and churches of the Baptist Unions of Ukraine and Russia to overcome prejudice and misunderstanding in the situation, to seek to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) to each other, and to continue to work together in partnership towards a common vision of mission and the growth of the Kingdom of God in their region; and

PROMISES to continue to pray for peace and reconciliation among the people of Ukraine and their political leaders, and to support our brothers and sisters in Christ in Ukraine in the challenging days to come.

“Blessed are the peacemakers…” (Matthew 5:9).

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2014 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2014.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2014 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2014), p. 142.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2014.5 Situation in Ukraine; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2014.5).

Peace with Justice

Middle East Situation

BWA General Council Resolution 1991.3

THANKFUL TO Almighty God for the cessation of open war in Kuwait and Iraq,

MINDFUL of the tragic aftermath of such hostilities in terms not only of loss of life but also of the appalling social and economic conditions prevailing in the Gulf and the long-term threat to the environment caused by oil pollution in both sea and air,

CONCERNED ABOUT the distressing plight of ethnic minorities, the prevailing thirst for retaliation and revenge, the continuing violation of human rights and the dangerously unsettled state of the region generally, and

CONSCIOUS of the wide ramifications of such matters for many underdeveloped countries as well as for the countries of the Middle East itself,

Therefore General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Montreal, Canada, July 10- 13, 1991, resolves to URGE member bodies throughout the world:

  • to bring pressure to bear on their governments to strengthen the hand of the United Nations in its efforts to counteract aggression and to effect peaceful settlement in all areas of conflict whether or not the economic interests of powerful states are involved, and
  • to pray unceasingly and to work earnestly for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East and not least for a strong and mutual commitment on the part of Israel and the neighboring states to find a solution to the situation of the Palestinian people.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1991 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1991.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1991 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1991), p. 37.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1991.3 Middle East Situation; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1991.3).

Peace with Justice

The Former Yugoslav Federal Republic

BWA General Council Resolution 1992.4

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, July 4-12, 1992;

MINDFUL of the devastation and loss of life wrought by the recent and continuing conflicts in the countries of the former Yugoslav Federal Republic, and in accordance with its belief that God in Christ wills reconciliation in place of enmity;

RECORDS its deep concern and sympathy for all victims of violence, especially the bereaved, injured, homeless and refugees, and its support and solidarity for all those of whatever religious faith and ethnic community who are striving for a peaceful solution based on a full recognition of human rights;

COMMENDS WITH GRATITUDE the Baptists in that region for their courageous and compassionate ministry of aid to the victims of hatred and war, of whatever ethnic and religious community, assuring our brothers and sisters of the practical and prayerful support of the worldwide Baptist family; and,

JOINS with the international community in urging both the political leaders of all the communities involved and all commanders of military units to take immediate steps to end the armed conflict, in order that the work of relief, reconciliation and reconstruction, to which we also commit ourselves, may be speedily advanced.

Citations

Original Source Bibliography: Lotz, Denton, editor. Baptist World Alliance 1992-1993 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1992.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Denton Lotz, ed., Baptist World Alliance 1992-1993 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (McLean, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 1992), p. 172.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 1992.4 The Former Yugoslav Federal Republic; https://o7e.4a3.myftpupload.com/resolutions.

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 1992.4).