The Preamble To R.I.S.E.
Human history is replete with men and women who willingly stood against the tyranny and opposition of those individuals and governments that refused to recognize the Sovereignty of God. They fought to preserve their liberties, and the liberties of those dearest to them, against all odds. They fought—and even gave their lives—as they clung to a set of principles, convictions and values written upon their hearts, and ingrained in their minds. These principles gave rise to a vision for freedom, which has been passed down from generation to generation.
As conservatives, we too pledge to hold to a set of core values and principles that are foundational to our political philosophy. These have been dubbed the R•I•S•E principles, Responsible government, Individual liberty and fidelity, Strong Family values and Economic empowerment.
At the core of the RISE principles are those biblical doctrines, which duly recognize a Sovereign God as the Creator and Sustainer of all life. They recognize that, out of chaos, God brought forth order; and that He declared the work of His creation “good”. They recognize that man is created in the image of God, and given authority to “rule and subdue” the earth, which is what gives man purpose. It is also what makes each human being a “unique” creation with God-given potential.
The RISE principles acknowledge that God is the originator of “the law” from the prohibition in the Garden of Eden, to the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mt. Sinai. They recognize that since the fall of man, humans have been in rebellion against God; and that mankind in his fallen state must be redeemed. Additionally, the RISE principles acknowledge that God has provided redemption for all mankind through the death, burial and resurrection of His son Christ Jesus. And that to everyone “who believes” in the Son of God, there is His promise of the indwelling Holy Spirit who writes upon the heart a moral law, which is also reflected in the Scriptures. This “new” law allows for people to govern themselves, and to live in peace with God, and one another.
It is from this foundation that our founding Fathers wrote and established the Constitution of the United States of America. They wrote of “unalienable rights,” which come from our Creator and not from men; and an equality of all mankind before God as they battled to over-throw the tyranny of foreign government. Furthermore, it is this same worldview with, which many of the heroes of our past, such as Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, fervently fought to maintain the principles and values of freedom and economic empowerment—principles we, today, must continue to fight for in our modern society.
Lastly, to this the RISE principles acknowledge America’s African American history, which includes a legacy of struggle against social injustices; and is deeply rooted in the conservative principles upon which this nation was founded. They also acknowledge that distinctive to this heritage is the presence of the Black Church, which serves as the core of the Black community, and is the center for social, political, cultural and economic activity. As a political philosophy, Black conservatism is based on those African-American traditions, values, and experiences (both political and cultural), which place God at the center of African-American life; and, which convey the tenets of conservatism to both conserve and mainstream the African-American heritage into the political fabric of American society, and beyond.