Posts Tagged ‘Richard Cizik’

Something is stinky in the Church lately. No, it’s not your pastor’s breath or that one dude on the prayer team (woof!) It’s the ill wind blowing of hypocrisy.

Aside from the dolts who plague pulpits nationally with their agendas, instead of discussing the Lord’s; evangelicals just don’t seem to get it – the Bible is a road map for all men to follow, not just those who call themselves, “Born Again.”

Case in point (from Beliefnet): Richard Cizik, now former vice president of the National Association of Evangelicals

On Fresh Air with Terry Gross, National Association of Evangelicals vice president of governmental affairs Rich Cizik admitted that his views on same sex unions are shifting.  While he made it clear that he does not favor same sex marriage, he did affirm the that he favors same sex civil unions.  Cizik also admitted that he voted for Barack Obama in the primary election, although he did not reveal for whom he voted in the general.  As a result of these comments, NAE president Leith Anderson asked Cizik to resign, which Cizik did.

republican-elephantThis is a man, a rebel, who has highhandedly provided more relevance for the “NeoCon” and evangelical movement than anyone, and you want him to split basically because of who his dangling chad favored?! Because make no mistake, that is the epicenter of the boot to his tail.

Since when did caring for the environment become a “liberal point of view”?! I seem to recall something in a Bible I read once about we (that would be Christians, or even evangelicals) are to have dominion in this piece. And why does voting for a Democrat mean you are an atheist?!

Listen, abortion is murder – there I said it. And HiScrivener, being the raging independent, has voted from something other than Republican. Yeah, I said that too. But abortion, or anything cherished “trendy” by the GOP, is not the only reason you should vote for a president, and Cizik understood that which has passed through the ears of so many of his predecessors.

The work Cizik inspired is replacing the old guard of the surriptious and much-maligned “Religious Right,” but now that work is left on the shelf for fear of liking a few trees and God’s people more than he did John McCain.

Brother put himself out there, and should be applauded for it, but since a few crusty curmudgeons and frozen chosen out there think it’s a sin to do anything that the local GOP doesn’t seem worthy. What happened to Richard Cizik wasn’t about salvation and Christianity, it was about business and politics. And if that is what he signed up for, then good thing he split, he will serve the Church much more effectively away from those jackleg fools.

After Dubya’s first term, I knew 2008 would be a historic and unprecedented election.

Already were the musings of “Give ’em Hil 2008” and the possibilities of “Change” were on the horizon. However, there was one other monumental political by-product waiting to be made – evangelical Christians are not a mortal lock in the red states.

Recently, the Wall Street Journal penned an insightful editorial about that very issue: “GOP ties are no longer binding for evangelicals.”

For the first time in at least two presidential election cycles, the Republican Party can’t assume it has a complete lock on the evangelical vote, which makes up about a quarter of the electorate. President George W. Bush received 78% of the bloc in his 2004 re-election campaign. Polls show that about a third of these white Protestants are either undecided or planning to vote Democratic or independent this November.

Why? That’s easy. It has nothing to do with abortion either. It’s about the well-being of people, the caretaking of the impoverished, the disenfranchised, the destitute… you know, the target demo of the Democratic Party.

Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me” (Matthew 25:45). Archetypically, when you think of a “Republican”, the word “least” is usually not an adjective that comes up in conversation. Ah, there’s the rub.

Evangelicals are missionaries. They are involved deep in their communities. They are aware of the plights of man. And… they see vehement Democrats taking up those issues and Republicans argue about other things. Those social issues penetrate mankind NOW.

Candidates, parties, political hacks and dunce pundits alike, huddle up for the times they are a-changin’.

You have to meet people at the point of their need, and odds are if your need is choosing which furniture would look best in your corner office, you aren’t interested in the least of these. Evangelicals are torn, and are up for grabs. Case in point? Hear it from the voice of the National Association of Evangelicals:

Richard Cizik, vice president of the National Association of Evangelicals, estimates that as many as 40% of evangelicals are “open to being persuaded” to vote for the Democratic Party, in part because of missions. A longtime Republican, he says he voted for Sen. Obama in the Virginia primary. He hasn’t made his decision about November yet.

Whoops.

Listen folks, no one gives a [choose your expletive if you must] about your altruistic 10-year plan. You won’t even be in office in 10 years, so imagine your credibility tanking at the State of the Union. Elections should not be about party, but about the people. If you aren’t for the “least of these” NOW, THIS MOMENT, you may not just lose our approval, you may lose our vote.

Time magazine recently released its acclaimed “World’s Most Influential People.”

Three of the Top 100 are men of faith:

  1. Bartholomew I, the leader of the Eastern Orthodox Church & Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
  2. The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism
  3. Richard Cizik, leader of the government affairs officer for the National Association of Evangelicals, as well as a pioneer in environmentalism

This from the story:

Other religious leaders contributed to the list by writing profiles of those named in the “Time 100.” Dallas megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes profiled movie mogul Tyler Perry and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu profiled performer Peter Gabriel.

Most notably missing from this list is Joseph Ratzinger. You know, this guy!