THE WORLD VISION SAME SEX DECISIONS AND THE REPERCUSSIONS
Interesting… I was halfway through writing this blog Wednesday and everything flipped on its head. If you missed the scoop, here’s the skinny:
- A few days ago international world relief organization World Vision decided to “hire gay Christians in same sex marriages.”
- In response, evangelical Christians began pulling their support for World Vision, which, according to some sources with contacts at World Vision, resulted in thousands of children losing their sponsorships.
- Then late Wednesday, March 26th, World Vision reversed its decision, posting, “We failed to be consistent with World Vision U.S.’s commitment to the traditional understanding of Biblical marriage and our own statement of faith.”
It’s sad to see how these events are polarizing people. I have just two things to say:
(and before you crucify me for either one of the points, please read both)
1. I’m disappointed with World Vision for their first decision. I think they were not only inconsistent with their beliefs in their own statement of faith, they were inconsiderate of their church partners.
Yes, like many others, I disagree with World Vision’s first decision theologically, but sadly, their decision also trickled down to every pastor who has ever supported World Vision. This week every evangelical pastor across the U.S. began receiving phone calls, “Are we still going to sponsor World Vision?”
Today I happened to be eating lunch with a pastor of a large church in the Sacramento Suburbs. I asked him, “How is this World Vision decision affecting you?”
He said, “Jonathan. We just raised $360,000 for a water project with World Vision in Ethiopia. I already have people bailing out on their commitment to that project, and we’ve committed to do it. I don’t want people in Ethiopia to suffer because of this decision.”
This decision was already affecting my church. Every year my church embarks on an AIDS kit build with World Vision. We raise about $25,000 and put together over 1,000 care kits to help people with AIDS around the world. In the last few days my pastor has been receiving calls, “Are we going to do the kit build this year?”
World Vision hurt its church partners when it made this decision, and only time will tell how people will actually react to its reversal.
But almost more than I’m upset with World Vision…
2. I’m equally disappointed with so many evangelicals who were cancelling their sponsorships of children all over the world.
I sponsor a child with World Vision. I have for years.
Let me be clear:
I’m not going to punish a 13-year-old girl in Ethiopia for a decision made in a World Vision boardroom in the U.S.
Yes, the decision World Vision made has ramifications to consider. I agree wholeheartedly and will definitively deliberate about those issues in the future. Maybe the next kid I sponsor will be with Compassion. But if I made a commitment to a kid with World Vision… then cancelling a sponsorship primarily hurts that kid.
What is my little girl in Ethiopia going to think of Christians, and ultimately, Christ, if I pull my support and stop writing her letters?
Why should multiple villages who were going to receive a fresh water source be punished?
And now the decision is reversed… and some are rejoicing.
I can’t really see much to rejoice about. No matter what, Christians come out looking like idiots with this one.
Shame on us.