2.2 Ten affirmations on justice, peace and the integrity of creation
We affirm that all exercise of power is accountable to God
The world belongs to God. Therefore, all forms of human power and exercise
of authority should serve God's purposes in the world and are answerable to
the people on whose behalf they are exercised. Those who wield power - economic,
political, military, social, scientific, cultural, legal, religious - must be
stewards of God's justice and peace. In Christ, God's power is demonstrated
in redemptive suffering, as compassionate love which identifies itself with
broken and suffering humanity. This empowers people to proclaim the message
of liberation, love and hope which offers new life, to resist injustice and
to struggle against the powers of death.
Therefore we affirm that all forms of human power and authority are subject
to God and accountable to people. This means the right of people to full participation.
In Christ, God decisively revealed the meaning of power as compassionate love
that prevails over the forces of death.
We will resist any exercise of power and authority which tries to monopolize
power and so prohibits processes of transformation towards justice, peace and
integrity of creation.
We commit ourselves to support the constructive power of people's movements
in their struggle for human dignity and liberation as well as in achieving just
and participatory forms of government and economic structures.