Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Focused on Human Dignity and Family in 2018

Aujante, a client of an Involved for Life Inc. pregnancy center in Dallas, rejoices in her son after an ultrasound image of him in the womb helped her to choose life.
Photo by Jeffrey McWhorter

Human dignity and the family occupied much of the Gospel focus of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission during 2018.

The ERLC co-hosted a racial reconciliation conference attended by about 4,000 people on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., again co-sponsored Evangelicals for Life (EFL), and addressed the Gospel and the family in its annual national conference. The entity with offices in Nashville and Washington, D.C., also continued its advocacy for religious freedom domestically and internationally.

ERLC President Russell Moore offered a Gospel-focused view of human dignity at the EFL conference in January.

“We want abortion doctors to stop doing abortions, but that’s not enough. We want abortion doctors to find life in Jesus Christ,” he said.

“We want white supremacists to stop oppressing minorities with hatred and bigotry, but that’s not all. We want to see Ku Klux Klansmen and neo-Nazis come to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ,” Moore continued. “We want to see jihadists around the world and repressive regimes stop killing people, but that’s not enough. We want to see jihadists and oppressors come to faith in Jesus Christ.

“[W]hen we stand up for human dignity from the unborn all the way through to natural death, we tell the truth about what’s right and what’s wrong; we tell the truth about coming judgment. But we never stop there. We tell the truth that the blood of Christ can wash away any sin.”

Here are 10 key news topics involving the ERLC in 2018:

MLK 50 conference calls for racial unity

About 4,000 people attended a two-day conference — “MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop” — in April co-hosted in Memphis, Tenn., by the ERLC and The Gospel Coalition. Speakers called for repentance by white evangelical Christians and a willingness to pay the price needed for racial unity.

ERLC promotes human sanctity and dignity

The ERLC and Focus on the Family co-hosted EFL for the third consecutive year in Washington, D.C., in sessions urging advocacy for and ministry to women and their unborn children, refugees, orphans, the disabled and others. The ERLC’s Psalm 139 Project helped place ultrasound machines in four pregnancy care centers. The online, pro-life group Stand for Life became an ERLC initiative.

National conference considers family in light of Gospel

The ERLC’s fifth annual national conference, “The Cross-Shaped Family,” drew an audience of about 950 people for its inaugural visit to the Dallas-Fort Worth area in October. Speakers focused on the Gospel significance of marriage and repentance from sin in the home.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press, Tom Strode