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Human Dignity Policy

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“The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.

“In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love. In order to promote these ends Christians should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth.”

 In this way, the Baptist Faith & Message both summarizes the biblical revelation that every person bears the image of God, and thus, is worthy of protection and dignity, regardless of age, level of ability, or stage of development, and echoes the biblical mandate to seek justice and righteousness, especially for those who are vulnerable. In our advocacy for fair and impartial judgment and equitable treatment of the unjustly oppressed and marginalized, we bear witness to a God who is ultimately the just Judge and to a gospel that saves all who believe without partiality. This reality that all bear the image of God and hold immeasurable dignity and value spurs on our commitment to the following priorities for 2024.

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What the ERLC is engaging in 2024

Support a Permanent Solution for Dreamers
Rebuild the Refugee Resettlement Program
Support the Afghan Adjustment Act
Support Border Security Enhancements and Asylum Reforms
Support the Eliminating a Quantifiably Unjust Application of the Law Act
Combat the Epidemic of Mass Shootings and Gun Violence
Support Payday Lending Regulations
Oppose Efforts to Expand Gambling
Advocate for Anti-Human Trafficking Law
Support Efforts to Shape Artificial Intelligence and Technology that Emphasize Human Dignity

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Use the menu to select an issue from the annual policy agenda that outlines the core public policy priorities for this Commission over the next year. Within each issue, learn more through explainers, ERLC and SBC actions, white papers, and related resources.

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Other policy topics we engage

Our work is rooted in the truths of Scripture and can be categorized in four main areas: life, religious liberty, marriage and family, and human dignity.

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Life

The ERLC promotes a culture of life that sees immeasurable value in every person, from conception to natural death, because all individuals are created in God's image.

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Religious Liberty

Religious liberty is a Baptist principle rooted in the belief that a “free church in a free state” serves our churches, provides for the common good, and allows believers to share the gospel freely.

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Marriage & Family

We desire to see policies enacted that allow men, women, and children to flourish according to God’s good design for sexuality and family.

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