Declaration of the Natural Life Movement
1. The universal values of all humanity are grounded in the natural order of Creation.
2. The foundation of civilization is the natural family: a man and a woman created to join together as one flesh to bear and raise children together with mutual love and nurturing.
3. The true strength of a healthy nation is a network of natural families organized into natural communities which create stability and economic independence through mutual cooperation.
4. The community which sets the best interest of its children as its highest priority guarantees the highest level of security, prosperity and happiness for everyone.
5. A child’s best interest is to be raised in harmony with the natural world and respect for the God who created him or her.
6. The natural-life society allows for beliefs and practices that do not conform to majority views, and practices tolerance for those who respect the mainstream culture but choose to live outside of it. It also recognizes the value of technology that compliments the natural order without doing harm to it.
7. The natural lifestyle simply prefers the natural to the artificial as a general, flexible principle:
• Natural foods as contrasted to artificial, genetically modified, or pesticide tainted foods,
• Natural healing as contrasted with artificial chemicals and processes,
• Natural persons as contrasted with artificial or “legal persons” such as corporations, robots, and/or “transhumans.”
• Natural families as contrasted with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or polyamorous groupings,
• Natural communities made of independent, self-sufficient families as contrasted with forced urbanization and dependence on government.
It is the goal and purpose of the Natural Life Movement to improve the lives of all the people by promoting this Natural Life perspective as model for our society, its government and our neighbors across the world.
Drafted by Dr. Scott Lively, President, Defend the Family International, October 14, 2016, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. V1.2
History of the Natural Life Movement
2016 Report from Bishkek Kyrgyzstan on the Formal Establishment of The Natural Life Movement
A NATURAL BRIDGE TO COMMON GROUND WITH “PROGRESSIVES”
In my last article I addressed the problem of Christian pastors being led into apostasy by “progressive evangelists” using “social justice” themes, especially “gay theology,” to capture an increasing number of Christian leaders who are intimidated by our culture’s relentless attacks on Biblical truth and who desire to be liked by the world and be “relevant” to the Marxism-indoctrinated younger generations. In this article I want to explain how Bible-faithful Christians can turn the tables and successfully evangelize “progressives” and the younger generations influenced by the leftist worldview (and potentially overthrow the elite puppet-masters who rule over both of us through divide and conquer polarization).
Progressives are a particularly challenging mission field for Christians who use traditional evangelistic methods because they have been largely “immunized” against Christianity since childhood through anti-biblical propaganda and talking points pushed in public schools and colleges. We’ve lost something like 85% of young people from Christian homes in this contest and won very few young people from “progressive” homes.
But there is one form of Christian witness that is still has great potency because 1) the enemy has only recently started undermining it (to further the transgender agenda), and 2) it shares a common logical foundation with a core ideology of the progressive movement. That witness is the self-evident NATURE of things. Let me tell you how I discovered this truth and developed it as a bridge to establish rapport with progressives.
Just after the turn of the millennium I was running my Sacramento-based Christian Mediation Center (which I founded as the first business of my law career) and was serving as California State Director for the American Family Association on the side. I was also fighting the LGBT agenda as a public speaker and media figure. All three tracks intertwined when I was asked by Phyllis Schlafley’s Eagle Forum to help stop a major escalation in pro-homosexual indoctrination at Santa Rosa High School.
One of my events in that effort was an evening presentation at a local community center. But when I arrived the room was packed to the gills with hostile high school and college students. (We had been outmaneuvered by local LGBT organizers.) Not wanting to endure another session of obnoxious heckling and childish antics that usually dominate such meetings, I put on my “mediator” hat (while the moderator was introducing me) and silently prayed for guidance from the Holy Spirit on how to connect with these kids.
I had an immediate epiphany about the common ground that pro-family advocates share with environmentalists: the recognition of a natural order that must be respected by humans to prevent harm. I abandoned my prepared notes and with real-time Holy Spirit guidance (per Matthew 10:19) I explained that environmental concepts like “bio-diversity,” “eco-systems,” and “the interdependence of species” all rest upon the natural law presuppositions that the pro-family movement also holds: things are supposed to be a certain way in nature and if you do things like poison the tide-pools with chemicals, or clear-cut the rain forest, bad things will happen. I then said, “All I’m asking you to do is open your minds a little and recognize that humanity has its own ecosystem called the natural family. If you disturb that by, for example, removing one of the parents, it’s the equivalent of cutting down half the rain forest. Negative consequences will follow.”
Watching those young people visibly ponder that idea – one college student with purple hair literally scratching his head as its profundity, light bulbs switching on behind his eyes as he looked off into the air – was one of the most satisfying moments in my entire pro-family career.
A few years later I was invited to debate same-sex marriage at U.C. Berkeley (which is so liberal that the “moderator” was the Northern California director of the ACLU). I dusted off that natural-family ecosystem concept and built my entire argument upon it. Long story short, I started with a 100% extremely hostile standing-room-only crowd but by the end had shifted about 25% of them to an attitude of respectful attention – a huge victory under the circumstances.
Fast forward to 2014. On the final day of my part-time “running-only-to-have-a-platform” campaign for governor of Massachusetts I decided to have some fun and hit the streets of ultra-leftist Northampton with a flyer featuring a still-further developed “natural-family ecosystem” theme, while being shadowed by a hostile film crew from HBO’s “Vice” program hoping for fireworks. Instead, I had such an amazing day of harmonious interactions with random strangers, including a Smith College philosophy professor who really liked the concept, that when I went home afterward I faxed over a copy to the Rainbow Green Party, whose person-in-charge offered to send my flyer to their whole list – until other leaders shut him down after discovering I was the author.
Two years later in October 2016 I was in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia in my capacity as a Human Rights Consultant, helping (successfully) to pass a national constitutional amendment defending marriage. To highlight the universal appeal of the “natural life” theme while there in the eastern hemisphere with my Muslim hosts, we formed the Natural Life Movement and I published the Declaration of the Natural Life Movement to frame its tenets in a final concise form.
The key to “natural life evangelism” is to shift your discussion away from traditional “right vs left” arguments and perspectives toward the completely different paradigm of “natural vs artificial.” The goal is not to flip them from “liberal” to “conservative” (a distinction exploited by the elites) but to establish common ground on the most basic and universal truths of the natural law. Once you reach that common ground on “the laws of Nature,” it is an easy pivot to a discussion about “Nature’s God” – and, depending on the person, turning either to the Declaration of Independence (where “the laws of Nature and Nature’s God” provided the logic for America’s founding), OR directly to the Bible, where there are many mind-healing passages rooted in the witness of nature (e.g. Romans 1:19-20).
Further, to grasp the potency of the Natural Life paradigm as a tool to redeem the political realm, consider how easily we could win all our key culture war battles if the vast majority of world’s population who already embrace natural life presuppositions were united in that goal instead of (as now) being polarized across lines chosen by the elites to keep us fighting amongst ourselves instead of overthrowing their tiny-minority rule.