The Baptist Faith and Message
XV. The Christian and the Social Order
Every Christian is under obligation to seek to
make the will of Christ supreme in his own life and in human society. Means and
methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness
among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the
regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Christ Jesus. The
Christian should oppose, in the spirit of Christ, every form of greed, selfishness,
and vice. He should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the aged, the
helpless, and the sick. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government,
and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth,
and brotherly love. In order to promote these ends Christians should be ready
to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act
in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.
Ex. 20:3-17; Lev.
6:2-5; Deut. 10:12;
101:5; Mic. 6:8; Zech.
8:16; Matt. 5:13-16,
1:29-34; 2:3 ff.;
15:12; 17:15; Rom.
12; 13; 14;
1 Cor. 5:9-10; 6:1-7;
7:20- 24; 10:23
ff.; 11:1; Gal.
3:26-28; Eph. 6:5-9;
Col. 3:12-17; 1
Thess. 3:12; Philemon;
James 1:27; 2:8.
Reprinted from the Baptist Faith and Message Tract (Stock
Number 11-051). Published by the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist
Convention, Nashville, Tennessee:
Baptist Sunday School Board
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Nashville, Tennessee 37203