The Good News that Eastern Christianity proclaims from generation to generation is liberating. Jesus said, "The
Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the
gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to
proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to
set at liberty those who are oppressed" (Luke 4:18).
Gospel transcends the framework of ordinary theological, moral,
political, social and economic discourse and debate. We uphold and
confess the ancient tenets of the Eastern Church, knowing that they are
truth, and that the truth makes one free (John 8:32).
Having the mind of Christ, who is the word and wisdom of God (1
Cor 2:16), the Church has addressed many serious issues facing the
world today. Each of us must do likewise as the Spirit moves us, for
this is an important aspect of our Christian witness. For Christ's
message to truly permeate the world, this witness must be both preached
and practiced; we speak in the terms and categories of human discourse,
yet in words "seasoned with salt"
and with the grace of the All-Holy Spirit. The candle is put on a lamp
stand and not under a bushel; and when the salt loses its savor, it is
fit for nothing, except to be trodden underfoot.
The root of many of the ills facing mankind is human frailty, for which the antidote is repentance.
seek to advance our common goal of securing – through prayer and work,
in word and deed – the material, physical, moral and spiritual
well-being of humanity as the necessary condition for furthering our
salvation and that of humankind.
affirming that we favor the adoption, by society and government, of
appropriate policies that will have the effect of helping to
achieve goals pleasing to God – namely, care for the afflicted, the
weak, the defenseless, the needy, the less fortunate members of society;
good stewardship of the gifts we have received on earth; pursuit of
unity, peace and good will among men; and other beneficial actions and
ends that are in harmony with the Divine Will as expressed in Sacred
Scriptures, we seek to further the actual fulfillment of that for which
we pray daily in the Lord's Prayer: Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Jesus commanded us, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."
In this way, the poor and the afflicted, to whom the Lord is especially
near (Psalm 33/34:18), as well as like-minded persons who are concerned
about helping them, may be drawn to Christ. This, in turn, will help to
fulfill St. Paul's vision of church growth, in which "the
whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is
equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow, so
that it builds itself up in love".