A group of about two dozen Christian leaders signed a letter published on Tuesday enumerating the need for Christians to make the year of 2017 the “Year of Good News,” and encouraging them to share the gospel.
“In a time of fake news, distracting news, divisive news, disorderly news, and, sometimes, depressing news, we — as Christians and as leaders — want to recommit ourselves to making sure that the Good News of Jesus cuts through it all,” the letter states. “We call upon Christians in America to make 2017 ‘The Year of Good News.’”
The letter, which was written by Greg Laurie of the Harvest Crusades, was signed by leaders such as Al Mohler of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Franklin Graham of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association; author Max Lucado; Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission; and Samuel Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference; among others.
“We need a national miracle to heal our political, racial, and cultural divisions, and that miracle is found in the power of Jesus to change our hearts,” the letter continues.
“Therefore, we commit to preach louder than our nation’s politics, and we aim to make the message of Jesus Christ transcend the monopoly of our media. We confess our only hope of unity is on the level ground at the foot of the cross of Jesus, and our only hope of healing is in the victory achieved through His empty tomb.”
Through the letter, Laurie also calls on Christians to share the gospel with “everyone they can at every opportunity they can,” and on pastors to “preach the Gospel boldly and pray intentionally for revival.”
The letter is open for signature to the public, and the leaders urge Christians to use the #YearofGoodNews on social media.
“Share this with your friends and let’s make Good News go viral,” wrote Franklin Graham in a Facebook post in which he shared the letter.