NAE VP Richard Cizik states, "I believe in civil (sodomite) unions," and resigns...

(Tim, w/thanks to Jake) Yesterday, Richard Cizik resigned as Vice President for Governmental Affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). In the past (see here, herehere, and here) Cizik's public statements have led me to suggest that my denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America, resign its membership in the NAE. I'm only more convinced of this now, given Cizik's failure and resignation and the moral failure and resignation of NAE President Ted Haggard two years ago.

The context for the present scandal is that Cizik had this question put to him during a December 2 Fresh Air interview with National Public Radio's Terry Gross:

"A couple of years ago when you were on our show, I asked you if you were changing your mind on that. And two years ago, you said you were still opposed to gay marriage. But now as you identify more with younger voters, would you say you have changed on gay marriage?"

Cizik responded:

"I'm shifting, I have to admit. In other words, I would willingly say that I believe in civil unions. I don't officially support redefining marriage from its traditional definition, I don't think."

If the NAE simply changed its name to the National Association of Emergents, Cizik would be a perfect fit. So again, I suggest the PCA leave bad enough alone. Let's have an overture to this year's General Assembly calling for our resignation. The NAE is a tran wreck that doesn't need one more passenger car added to the pile.

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I just file it under, "Why I no longer call myself an Evangelical" and then yawn.

Kamilla

Really, Kamilla? I was just commenting to someone the other day that I was ashamed to call myself an evangelical because of these kinds of associations. What are some of the other reasons you don't like that label? What do you call yourself instead?

Hi David,

I usually just say I'm a Christian, conservative Protestant or identify myself by denomination. I "yawn" just because these things seem to be coming so very monotonous.

Kamilla

David,

I've had this problem for years and years now. Back in the '70s I was hearing others speaking of "evangelical" as if it was long, long past its "best by date."

Today in various contexts, "evagelical" can signify anything from historic fundamentalist to charismatic (snake-handlers to boogaloo hoochie-koo jiggly babes backed up by a five-piece band) to bells-and-smells Anglicans. There are even those who style themselves evangelical Catholics (note the capital "C"). I've even heard PCA, OPC, CRC, and RCA folks refer to themselves as evangelicals. And, don't forget the Emergents, the latest mutation of evangelical to infect the land.

If evangelical can span all these groups, it's obviously lost any meaning. It's just a sack, convenient to hold whatever religious flotsam and jetsam the sack holder wants to carry about with him.

The options I've heard bandied about (orthodox Christian; paleo-Christian) usually get a "Huh?" in response, or gets you pegged with the Eastern Church. But "Huh?" at least affords an opportunity to explain things. "Conservative Christian" is my least favorite, for I find it's usually understood to mean that I profess something tentatively religious while maintaining membership in the John Birch Society.

Anyone have any other appellation they've found serves to replace evangelical?

We (my husband and I) refer to ourselves as protestants - no longer protesting only Rome, but also (and with a lot more vehemence) the American evangelical institution. I actually did a post on my blog a week or so ago about this topic.

Thanks, Colleen. I'll go check out your blog.

I've started to say "follower of Jesus."

I've started to say "follower of Jesus."

I've started to say "follower of Jesus."

Don't know if my comments are going through or not.

What is an Evangelical? This is a good topic for conversation. I had always thought that it to mean that one shares one's faith. But it has evolved to mean a whole host of beliefs regarding how one becomes a Christian and what it means to be one. I have come to believe in a rough sense that if you take all Christians, remove Catholics, Reformed and liberal CINOs (Christian in name only), you are sort of left with Evangelicals.

I've learned to use the term "confessional" when describing my church and faith. Confessional means that we use the various catechisms of our historic faith, such us the Heidelberg or Westminster; this is in opposition to making it all up on the fly, as the Evangelical church is so good at doing.

in the southeast, the evangelical church is largely CINO - it is purely cultural here.

I think Gallup summed up modern "evangelicalism" in the US well;

“Never before in the history of the United States has the Gospel of Jesus Christ made such inroads while at the same time making so little difference in how people actually live.”- George Gallup

J. Moore,

Makes you wonder to which "gospel" Gallup refers, doesn't it?

Kamilla

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