By Alan Cooperman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 11, 2007; Page A05
"Rebuffing Christian radio commentator James C. Dobson, the board of directors of the National Association of Evangelicals reaffirmed its position that environmental protection, which it calls "creation care," is an important moral issue.
The Rev. Leith Anderson, the association's president, said yesterday that the board did not respond to the letter during a two-day meeting that ended Friday in Minneapolis. But, he said, the board reaffirmed a 2004 position paper, "For the Health of the Nations," that outlined seven areas of civic responsibility for evangelicals, including creation care along with religious freedom, nurturing the family, sanctity of life, compassion for the poor, human rights and restraining violence. ..."
Historically evangelicals have taken the lead in issues of justice and compassion. The recent film, Amazing Grace, has underscored the role that Christian faith played in the abolition of slavery in Great Britain.
Christian witness in the world needs to be one of compassion as well as telling the Good News. We can ill-afford to be seen as the religious wing of either of the two main political parties -- and this goes as much for the PC(USA) as it does for fringe groups on the right and left.
The National Association of Evangelicals has done well to reaffirm its core values across a spectrum that includes more than just abortion and sexuality issues.