taking the words of Jesus seriously

Movement Members

Red Letter Christians Pledge


I dedicate my life to Jesus, and commit to live as if Jesus meant the things he said in the “red letters” of Scripture.

I will allow Jesus and his teaching to shape my decisions and priorities.

I denounce belief-only Christianity and refuse to allow my faith to be a ticket into heaven and an excuse to ignore the suffering world around me.

I will seek first the Kingdom of God – on earth as it is in heaven – and live in a way that moves the world towards God’s dream, where the first are last and the last are first, where the poor are blessed and the peacemakers are the children of God, working towards a society where all are treated equally and resources shared equitably.

I recognize that I will fall short in my attempts to follow Jesus, and I trust in God’s grace and the community to catch me when I do.

I know that I cannot do this alone, so I commit to share this journey with others who are walking in the way of Jesus. I will surround myself with people who remind me of Jesus, help me become more like him and hold me accountable for my actions and words.

I will share Jesus with the world, with my words and with my deeds. Like Jesus, I will interrupt injustice, and stand up for the life and dignity of all. I will allow my life to point towards Christ, everywhere I go.


Shane Claiborne, activist and author

Dr. Tony Campolo, author and professor emeritus

Brian McLaren, author and speaker

Onleilove Alston, Executive Director – Faith in New York

Lynn Hybels, author and humanitarian

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author and acitivist

Romal J. Tune, author and speaker

Walter Brueggemann, theologian and author

Rev. Dr. Carol Howard Merritt, author and speaker

Rev. Dr. Craig Watts

Sarah Raymond Cunningham, author and blogger

Peter Greer, President and CEO of HOPE International

Rev. Oreon Trickey, Lasalle St. Church, Chicago

Rev. Laura Truax, Lasalle St. Church, Chicago

Anthony Smith, author and blogger

Tony Kriz, author and speaker

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Margot Starbuck, author and blogger

Doug Pagitt, author and pastor Solomon’s Porch, Minneapolis

Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow

Rev. Jennifer Dawn Watts, founder Living Well Counseling Services

D.L. Mayfield, author and blogger

Rev. Dr. Suzanne Castle

Rachel Goble, founder the SOLD project

Rev. Dr. Brian Ammons

Tim Soerens, author and founder Parish Collective


and 4, 000+ signatories