The Canberra Declaration was launched in the Commonwealth Parliament on Friday the 23rd of July at a God and Government Conference where the conference members, from all over Australia and some from overseas, stood and read aloud together on the basis of Psalm 133 and Habakkuk 2:2, the entire Canberra Declaration, declaring it into Parliament House and into the spiritual realm over Australia.
Shortly afterwards, it was read again outside on the lawns of Parliament House, to the gathered media.
Dr Graham McLennan reading the Declaration outside Parliament House, Canberra supported by Aboriginal Pastor Norm Miller
It is the work of many individual Christians, clergy and Christian ministries, representing a wide variety of denominations. Over 20 Christian leaders and clergy were involved in the drafting process. We felt many Australians wouldn’t read it, if it was the length of the 4,000 word Manhattan Declaration, hence the desire to “write the declaration and make it plain” to 850 words.
The Canberra Declaration
The Preamble to the Australian Constitution contains the words, “Humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God”. As Australian citizens we continue to declare that we too put our trust in Almighty God.
For centuries, to speak of Western civilisation was to speak of Christian civilisation. The two were in many ways synonymous. The values that we have cherished and sought to strengthen are in large measure founded on the Judeo-Christian belief system. The many freedoms, advantages, opportunities, values and liberties which characterise the West owe much to the growth of Christianity with its inherent belief in the dignity of the human person as created in the image of God and the code of behaviour that flows from this belief.
The Canberra Declaration follows on from the 2009 Manhattan Declaration and the 2010 Westminster Declaration. It declares that when Christian values are respected and allowed freedom of expression, not just confined to so-called sacred spaces but in the public arena as well, society is richer and healthier.
We wish to emphasise three areas that demand particular attention in our contemporary Australian society, namely religious freedom, marriage and the family, and the sanctity of human life. Were we to undermine any one of these values, the social fabric of our nation would be seriously weakened, to our personal and collective detriment…
The faith which is at the heart of many of the values and strengths underpinning the Australian nation now compels us to speak up in their defence. For the future of this nation, and for our children’s future, we call upon all like-minded citizens to support and sign this declaration.
To read the full Canberra Declaration click on: http://www.canberradeclaration.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1&Itemid=3