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Operation Nehemiah Declaration against Corruption (ONDAC); Salt And Light In Society

Introduction

A gathering of concerned Christians in leadership in the Church in India in all its glorious diversity took place on the 2nd of September 2011, at Bengaluru, as a part of the Operation Nehemiah Movement to be “salt and light of society.” The gathering recalled the remarkable contribution that the Church and her institutions have made to the development of India, besides discussing issues of financial corruption in the country and the Church and grieving with the victims of this corruption on the margins of society.

Affirmation

Giving praise to the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit – the Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer, we, in faith, affirm that:

  1. The mission of the Church includes bearing witness to the Good News, freeing the oppressed and working towards a just and corruption-free society, so that all will enjoy abundant life. The Church, in theology and practice, should be instrumental in transforming the lives of people, so that everyone experiences the will and purposes of God on earth.
  2. God invites us as the Church in India to participate in the building of our nation and in calling her to be true to the national motto, Satyamev Jayate (truth alone triumphs).
  3. God is the rightful owner of all land and natural resources. Every man and woman, individually and collectively, has been appointed as steward, finally accountable to God.
  4. We acknowledge that all positions of leadership and authority are given by God for the purpose of service and governance. We believe that God has created men and women in his image and likeness, and he wants them to experience fullness of life.
  5. Domains of power, position and authority, expressed through structure and systems in society and the Church, are particularly susceptible to the temptation of corruption, leading to inequality, injustice, manipulation and oppression.
  6. Financial corruption in all its forms is inacceptable to the Church and society under any circumstances.

Confession

Christians have always recognized that confession and repentance from our sins is an integral part of our reconciliation with God and with one another. In accordance with that belief and in faithfulness to the teaching of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ that we should first remove the “plank in our own eyes,” we repent and confess the sin of corruption in our personal lives, the Church and the nation, which has tainted our love for God:

Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your eyes be opened and your ears attentive to the prayer of your servants. Almighty and most merciful Father, we lower our heads before you and we confess that we have sinned in thought, word and deed. We confess that we have not always been good financial stewards. Instead, we have often exploited and appropriated your assets for our own selfish advantage. We have failed to consistently demonstrate responsible stewardship and accountability. Honesty, truth and integrity have tended to become negotiable values. We have not always acted justly towards each other and have sinned against you, the provider. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. For these sins we ask your forgiveness and we also ask for your enablement.

Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed to always live with honesty, truth and integrity. Grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image, through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Amen.

Commitment

With God as our helper:

  1. We desire to overcome the sin of financial corruption by submitting to the supreme authority of Christ and attempt to follow his example of justice, righteousness, humility and sacrificial service.
  2. We will continually examine and seek to change our lives radically in response to God’s indignation at the present state of affairs and in submission to his redemptive desire for all creation.
  3. We resolve to be honest stewards of God-given resources, willingly submitting to appropriate scrutiny and correction, adopting good governance, and conducting self-critical reviews of our practices, thereby ensuring responsible behavior towards financial integrity.
  4. We are committed to upholding the highest levels of integrity in all our financial interactions with society at large.
  5. We do not encourage any irregular financial transaction with any organization or body, governmental or otherwise.
  6. We commit to creating and working with institutions that uphold the highest standards of financial accountability and transparency.
  7. We commit to encouraging awareness and vigilance regarding bribery and unethical financial practices.
  8. We commit to working towards an India that is transparent and without corruption.
  9. We will work with other movements at every level to respond to the issue of financial corruption and to express God’s presence with, and his love for, the victims of financial corruption.
  10. As a community that lives under the grace, forgiveness and redemptive power of the Lord Jesus Christ, we are committed to enabling healing and reconciliation of those who demonstrate genuine repentance from acts of financial corruption.

In obedience to God we will strive, individually and collectively, to remove corruption from the Church and society, thus providing avenues of healing, reparation and redemption. This leads to the health and maturity of the body of Christ, social justice and economic prosperity in the nation and the ultimate restoration of all creation.

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