Evangelical environmental group applauds National Association of Evangelicals
NAE disavows stance on climate change
December 12, 2008 (Washington) – The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation today thanked the National Association of Evangelicals for clarifying its stance on climate change.
In a wide-ranging interview about the resignation of Rev. Richard Cizik, who stepped down this week from his post as vice president for governmental affairs after making controversial remarks about gay marriage and abortion, NAE President Leith Anderson clarified that the organization does not “have a specific position…on global warming or emissions. [Cizik] has spoken as an individual on that.”
This statement is welcome after years of confusion, according to Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, national spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance, who offered these comments:
“I’m grateful for this clear statement from National Association of Evangelicals president Leith Anderson. Richard Cizik unquestionably cultivated the appearance of official support for his personal global warming crusade, despite the NAE’s acknowledgement of ‘the lack of consensus’ in its constituency and despite the board’s instructions ‘to stand by and not exceed in any fashion our approved and adopted statements’ (which never even mention climate change).
“The lesson is clear: When we uncritically adopt the world’s agendas as our own, as Rev. Cizik did with global warming, it’s easy to see how confusion in one area can lead to others. Long before he expressed support for civil unions, Cizik had already begun calling man-made climate change one of the greatest moral issues of our day and pronouncing God’s judgment on those who disagreed.
“It’s not enough to baptize a popular cause like global warming with Biblical vocabulary. We have to dig through the hype and stand for the truth. That’s why I’ve joined Chuck Colson, James Dobson, Richard Land, and thousands of pastors, evangelicals, and Christian leaders from across the country in signing the WeGetIt.org Declaration, a simple statement by which Christians are showing they reject global warming hype and support Biblical creation stewardship that helps the poor.
“The WeGetIt.org Campaign represents mainstream evangelical opinion on global warming. A September study by the respected evangelical pollster George Barna found that:
- 65% of evangelicals believe the media has hyped the story,
- 62% believe that cyclical climate change is not primarily caused by human activity, and
- 60% are concerned that proposed solutions would hurt the poor.”
In an effort to gather one million signatures, the WeGetIt.org Campaign was launched this year by nearly a dozen national and local organizations. Partners include the public policy office of the Southern Baptist Convention (the nation’s largest Protestant denomination), the Family Research Council, the Institute on Religion and Democracy, Wallbuilders, the Acton Institute, and the Cornwall Alliance.
The Cornwall Alliance believes that climate change is cyclical and overwhelmingly natural, and that efforts to combat global warming will hurt rather than help the poor.
Cornwall Alliance’s “Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Response to Global Warming”
NAE president on climate change