My good friend Richard Cizik was recently named to the 2008 TIME 100 list of “The World’s Most Influential People.” Rich, an ordained Evangelical Presbyterian Minister, is Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). I think the world of Rich, and tell him often how much we need his clear and caring voice in the debates to lovingly share the evangelical perspective.
The Time Magazine honor was shared with Eric Chivian, Harvard professor and Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School. Richard and Dr. Chivian have been working together to develop understanding between leading members of the scientific and evangelical communities to care for creation.
Rich was instrumential in bringing the issue to forefront of evangelicals, working with Creation Care to develop the original document signed by only 87 Church leaders, calling for the government and Church to be active in global warming issues. As a fly fisherman who loves the splendor of God’s creation, I was pleased to be one of the original signers of that document several years ago.
Rich has spoken on our campus, and in 2004 I had the joy joining Rich and a small delegation of seven NAE leaders in Germany, including David Neff, editor of Christianity Today and Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, to meet with German political and business leaders, including former Chancellor Helmut Kohl and the then yet elected current Chancellor Angela Merkel.