PCT Youth Public Statement on our National Fate
（Published in 2011）
We are Christian youths living in Taiwan, a land filled with different ethnic groups,
genders, and professions. We believe young people are God’s precious and special
gift to Taiwan. As a group, we seek to work together to make Taiwan better. We bring
with us a joyful heart, and are proud of our identity.
We dream that Taiwan will be a rainbow nation: independent, peaceful, compassionate,
sustainable, inclusive, equal, exercising mutual respect, economically stable, having
its own culture, structurally mature as a nation, and full of laughter, so that
it may break from isolation and soar freely in the world.
We call on young people to reflect on our society in order to overcome authoritarianism
and structural injustice; to equip ourselves to think and share with others through
prayer and the teachings of the Bible; to care for our pluralistic society and its
weak; to cherish our resources and to love Taiwan with all our heart.
We call on the churches humbly to repent and to have the courage to examine the
problem of hypocrisy, and to veer away from their focus on the middle-class. Churches
must be with the oppressed and practice the faith by “doing justice and loving kindness.”
Churches must listen to the voice of the youth and open up spaces for dialogue,
giving young people a chance to express their passion and creativity.
We expect the churches to be passionate about spreading the gospel, to care for
society, to receive and care for the weak, to overcome with rationality and objectivity
the burdens of political factionalism, and bravely to face social injustices.
We call on the government to love Taiwan, to protect this land and its ecological
environment, to cherish our unique cultures and social heritage, to promote sustainable
development, to build up a mature civil society, to respect the right of autonomy
for each age and ethnic group, to let all people enjoy the same right to work, to
minimize the gap between rich and poor, to practice the rule of law, justice, and
human rights, and to declare Taiwan a sovereign and independent nation.
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good
news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery
of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's
favor." (Luke 4:18-19, NIV)
July 17-20, 2013, Aletheia University