Dec. 10, 2008
The president of the National Association of Evangelicals, Leith Anderson, has been trying to reassure the association's board and members that the NAE hasn't left the reservation on the issues of life and marriage. The reason? Because NAE's vice president for governmental affairs left the reservation - a long time ago!
In a recent interview with NPR's "Fresh Air," Cizik stated he voted for President-elect Obama and said, "I think it's (faith) very important, but it is not the factor nor should it be [when voting]..." Cizik said the same thing about issues like life: "It's possible for me to disagree with a candidate on high-profile issues and still believe that on a basis of character or philosophy he is the better of two candidates." When asked by the host, Terry Gross, if his efforts to identify with younger voters and their priorities had caused him to change his view on gay marriage he said, "I'm shifting, I would have to admit. In other words I would willingly say I believe in civil unions. I don't officially support redefining marriage from its traditional definition, I don't think."
This revelation should not come as a surprise. This is the risk of walking through the green door of environmentalism and global warming - you risk being blinded by the green light and losing your sense of direction. How else can you explain enthusiastic support for what will probably be the nation's most pro-abortion, anti-family president in our nation's 232 year history?
The question, however, remains. If Cizik does not speak for the NAE, as the Rev. Anderson has said, why is he on Capitol Hill representing NAE and claiming to speak for Evangelicals? Is it possible for a human being to come with a disclaimer?