Rev. Richard Cizik
An evangelical leader who believes that God wants us to save the environment.
The Rev. Richard Cizik is a warrior in a new kind of holy war--the battle to get Christians to see the earth as God’s gift and recognize it is their duty to care for it.
As vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals, an umbrella organization representing some 30 million evangelical Christians, Cizik is a Washington lobbyist and leading proponent of “creation care,” the philosophy that caring for the planet and all it holds is biblically mandated duty. It is his job to get evangelicals to think green.
“I have told people, ‘Look, you have got to care about this because when you die, God is not going to ask you about how he created the earth,’” Cizik told Plenty magazine in February. “He’s going to ask you, ‘What did you do with what I created?’”
Jeffery L. Sheler, who has a chapter on Cizik in his book “Believers: A Journey into Evangelical America” (Viking, 2006), said Cizik’s dedication to his cause is unusual in Washington.