What We Believe
Christians United! is principle-based political party centered on two basic beliefs:
- The Gospel: the good news that Jesus Christ is King!
- The Kingdom of God: Jesus the King has inaugurated a new Kingdom, here and now, ruled by the Laws of Love which are the ways of true Life. Jesus has overturned the Kingdoms of this World that only lead to futility and death.
These principles of Christians United! are taken directly from Scripture. In particular, these two central principles are intended to mirror Romans 10:9. Here is the passage in context:
For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10: 5-13 (ESV)
This is the classic text in which Paul boils down his message of salvation to a single sentence: if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. First we must stress that this message should not be reduced only to an individualistic religious message of personal salvation that will occur after we die. This is what the passage might look like if we have our Post-Enlightenment blinders on. Yet, we must not filter out the political dimension of this passage as we have done in the past. Salvation for Paul, as for most people throughout history, has a political this-worldly dimension to it. Jesus talked about salvation in terms of entering the Kingdom of God. In this sense, Paul is stating that we will enter the Kingdom of God if we confess Jesus is King and believe in our heart in His Resurrection.
Paul declares that we will be saved if we do two things. 1. Confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and 2. Believe the Resurrection in your heart. The first principles of Christians United! is taken directly from this passage while the second principle is derived from the belief of the Resurrection in our heart. These will take some explanation.