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… but responsibly so, says Congressman John B. AndersonJohn B. Anderson, a member of First Evangelical Free Church, Rockford, Illinois, has been a congressman since 1960 and chairman of the House Republican Conference since 1971. He holds the J.D. degree from the University of Illinois and the LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

In a Declaration of Evangelical Concern signed by fifty-three evangelical leaders in Chicago in November, 1973, the following statement appears:

As evangelical Christians committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and the full authority of the Word of God, we affirm that God lays total claim upon the lives of his people. We cannot, therefore, separate our lives in Christ from the situation in which God has placed us in the United States and the world.

An appreciation of this point should compel us to participate in rather than be passive toward the political process.

I recently attended an international meeting at which the global crisis was summed up as an outcry of the 70 per cent of the world that lives at or below the subsistence level not only for freedom but for greater equality among mankind. To those who would answer that human beings are not born equal, the great Norwegian writer Sigrid Undset had an answer:

That element of Democracy which is in Christianity is the only one which cannot be argued out of existence. Against all talk of equality there remains the irrefutable objection that human beings are not equal—one is a coin of copper, another of silver. Christianity meets this objection by maintaining that all of them are minted with a King’s picture on them.

Many Christians have taken to heart St. Paul’s admonition and reminder that all human beings are created of one blood and are therefore equal in ...

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