Thursday, June 3, 2010

Spirit of Richard Cizik lives on at NAE

A year and a half after tree hugging, "civil union" supporting Richard Cizik resigned as its chief spokesman, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) continues to slide leftward. OneNewsNow reports on the NAE's latest attempt to extend an olive branch to the forces of secularism.
The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) has adopted a resolution to pursue "common ground" towards reducing abortion in the United States. But one longtime pro-life activist calls the plan "a dead-end road."

Engaging in what it calls "fresh national dialogue" to decrease abortions in America, the NAE resolution includes contraception as one of several possible means of achieving that goal. It also states that "some longtime opponents in the debate over the legality of abortion" have shown an interest participating in the dialogue.

OneNewsNow asked NAE's director of government affairs Galen Carey if that means working with groups like Planned Parenthood. He said it is too soon in the project to identify organizations that might be included.

"We are looking to work with people from across the political spectrum and organizations with a variety of perspectives," he responds, "provided that they would be willing to work on this issue of reducing abortions."

Asked if NAE would align itself with groups that promote condoms and contraceptives, Carey pointed to a Gallup study that suggests the vast majority of evangelicals support the use of contraceptives as part of an ethical family-planning program.

"So, yes, I think we would be happy to work with people who also are involved in family-planning efforts," he replies, "provided that they are willing to actually work on reducing the number of abortions."

But Joe Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League points out that distribution of condoms and contraceptives has led to promiscuity, and that many times groups promoting life have tried to talk with abortion and contraceptive proponents, to no avail. Very little can be accomplished by sitting at the same table as abortion supporters, he contends, because abortion is their business.

"...This [approach] has been tried over and over and over again and it never works, because we're talking about human life-- and how do you make compromise on human life?" he asks.

"These are stupid people who try to do something like that," the pro-life activist continues. "I don't care who they are [or] how sophisticated they may think they are -- they're on a dead-end road."

NAE says on the other hand that a million abortions every year in the U.S. is unacceptable, and the organization wants "honest conversation" on effective ways to reduce abortion. The evangelical group also states it will not desert its principle of ending abortion.

Carey currently holds the position from which Cizik resigned, and his comments indicate, sadly, that he is following in his predecessor's footsteps. Scheidler is blunt, but right. Nothing good can come of any effort to find "common ground" between the culture of life and the culture of death. The Apostle Paul's admonition to the believers in Corinth is quite relevant here.

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,

"I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore, go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty." (2 Corinthians 6.14-18)

The aim of the Gospel is not to "reduce the number of abortions." The aim of the Gospel is to transform a culture of death into a culture of life. What the NAE, and popular American evangelicalism in general, seem to have forgotten is that abortion is merely a symptom of a much more deadly disease.