The NAE, the National Association of Evangelicals, has turned left in recent months (Broken link, active April 13, 2007). The so- called “religious right” has always had its largest membership among evangelical, or non- denominational, Christians, but it seems that the times, they are a- changing. Last summer, for example, the NAE refused to support Israel in its defensive war against Iranian- backed Hezbollah aggression, for the first time in its history. Then this year, the NAE has called for America’s exit from Iraq; elevated “creation care” (i.e., global warming) (Broken link, active April 13, 2007) to the same status of importance as the sanctity of life or marriage, which prompted praise (Broken link, active April 13, 2007) from the Institute of Progressive [i.e. liberal, in the political, not classical, sense] Christians; and condemned the U.S. “torture” policy in the military and intelligence services.
Now why is this a bad thing? I am certainly not an advocate of polluting the planet or torturing people. My cause for concern is that the NAE seems to have taken the left’s axioms, which I believe are based on misinformation or outright lies, for granted as truths. For example, the left believes that in every conflict in which Israel finds herself, Israel is to blame because she is “occupying” Palestinian land. This is in stark contrast to biblical teaching, that the Lord God of Creation not only reserved this land for Himself as first fruits when Noah divided the earth among his descendants (and here), the seventy patriarchs of the nations, but that the Lord then gave His reserved Holy Land to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their descendants forever.
The left also holds dear the axiom that there is a human- agent cause of global warming (it’s global climate change now, people, after the globe failed to warm last year), even though the Scriptures clearly teach that it is the Lord who is God of the storm. The NAE has also swallowed the left’s canard that the U.S. is the leader of inhuman and barbarian torturers, when nothing could be further from the truth.
How does an organization like the NAE turn toward left- leaning lies like these? They turned away from the truth of biblical knowledge long before they turned toward leftist policy. When biblical illiteracy among evangelicals is at an all- time high, it is only natural that the National Association of Evangelicals reflects the alarming trend among its churches.