I have seen how cruelly my people are being treated...
I have heard them cry out to be rescued from their oppressors;
I know all about their sufferings.
What motivates us?
Poverty, exclusion, misery, unemployment, under-employment, labour isntability, the bankruptcy of small- and medium-sized businesses, and the deterioration of the environment have reached an unsustainable limit.
Recognizing the effort carried out by the United Nations in creating a space for dialogue on financing for development, we share the reservations of our communities with respect to the "Consesus of Monterrey" document insofar as it reflects:
What do we propose?
Together we could overcome these and other reactions by committing ourselves to the search for just and the common good. As churches, we wish to invite you to join us in affirming these proposals and ethical principles:
1. The market must not define the life projects of our countries.
2. All economic growth must have the objective of improving the conditions of all society, without exclusions.
3. Globalization must be regulated with clear and just roles. This implies:
It is evident that the production of greater wealth does not bring about a more equitable distribution of wealth by itself. Those governments that have received the mandate of their citizens to promote the common good must not renounce their power to intervene in ways that assure a better distribution of wealth.
From what ethical principles are we speaking?
1. Respect for human rights granted by God is the basis for all decision-making
2. Natural resources and their transformation are at the service of all human beings.
3. These natural resources must be administered with responsibility so as to guarantee life with dignity for future generations, given that it is a duty to care for the environment.
4. Work is concrete participation to serve the common good, and money is a means to value it; from this, we condemn the financial speculation that has brought extreme poverty to so many countries.
5. Different cultures are expressions of the diversity that God created.
As evangelical churches in Latin America and the Caribbean, we challenge the powers of this world, at the beginning of this new millennium, to place the market and the international financial system at the service of all people. At the same time, we as churches feel challenges to confess culpability for our silence in the face of injustices committed, and on occasion, for having been part of or benefited from unjust power structures. We affirm that the Reign of God is justice and that the blessing of the creator will be with those who hear the cry of the people. As such, we invite you to recall that all peoples and empires that neglected justice have perished.
The Lord has told us what is good!
What is required of us is to do this:
To do what is just, to show mercy
And walk humbly with our God. (Micah 6: 8).
Rev. Juah Pedro Schaad, Argentina
Rev. Humberto Ramos, Bolivia
Ob. Isaías Ramos Corona, Mexico
Lic. Angel Luis Rivera, Puerto Rico