A (not THE) Christian Response to World Vision

This post is in response to World Vision’s recent decision to knowingly employ Christians in legal homosexual marriages. I was originally not planning on a post about this topic, but it came up in a private Facebook group and I weighed in- here is that post, edited for public consumption.

Here are two things you need to know:

  1. Our family does not give financially to World Vision. We did up until a few years ago and this choice has NOTHING to do with the choice World Vision has recently made to hire Christians in Same-Sex Marriages.
  2. A topic like homosexuality is not a hypothetical exercise for me. As a student minister, I had students in our ministry were both bisexual and homosexual. I have friends who are homosexuals. This is important because I am not approaching this topic from an Ivory Tower. To that end…this post is NOT about homosexuality.

1- I believe that many organizations act without considering all of the consequences of their choices. The Susan G Komen Foundation lost supporters over a decision to halt funds to Planned Parenthood, and then lost more when they reversed that decision. World Vision is now in that same world. Certainly there was conversation and discussion as they made their choice, but the Law of Unintended Consequences is alive and well.

2- Some, perhaps many, will begin to say, “What about the kids?”, as people stop supporting WV. As soon as World Vision does this, those same kids are reduced to mere pawns. People are then no longer giving because we’ve been called to, but out of misplaced guilt and shame for not doing so. These are un-Christian motivations. This is why the WHY of what we do matters. In Scripture, we read about Jesus’ judgment on people who “did the right things.” Jesus told them that he never knew them. Christians are called to be new, not act new, or do new things.

3- Some, then, may ask, “Should the ministry be hindered because of this choice?” If we trail this reasoning out..where is a line drawn? What if WV changed their hiring policy to include polygamous relationships? Suppose a ministry is unethical in the way they handle their funds? What if a church is completely unbiblical in the way they deal with conflict…simply firing people and asking people to leave without cause? Should people affected by this simply be forced to stay on because “the church does ministry”?

The bottom line: WV has chosen to take a stand. And, like all stands taken, this will put them at odds with people. Those people will then have a choice, continue their support or find another organization. This choice should be made prayerfully and cautiously.

Those that stay are not necessarily gay-loving, anti-God, progressive denominationalists who believe that everyone gets to Heaven.

Those that leave are not necessarily homophobic, bible literalists that want to send all the homosexuals to an island and nuke it so we can return to the glory days of 1950’s America.

Whatever your choice…I’d encourage you to follow Jesus. If you leave, don’t be bullhorn guy, standing on a metaphorical corner telling us all how Christian you are because you aren’t a godless heathen like those people over there. And, if you stay, don’t let the right hand know what the left hand is doing…don’t throw your metaphorical coins into the bin so we all know how much of a Christian you really are.

Perhaps, and I’m just saying…the church (individuals and corporately) should stop using non-profits and go and care for these people on their own. But, what do I know?

I’d love to see and hear your thoughts on this. Do you support World Vision? Will you stop? Will you continue?



Filed under Christianity, culture, World Vision

4 responses to “A (not THE) Christian Response to World Vision

  1. liz simmonds

    I am thankful to call you a friend.
    We read Ephesians 4:25-32 in staff meeting this morning. Verse 32: instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
    I’d like some more of this for myself please.

    • Same to you.

      I was especially thankful for your thoughts (on the IT3 page) about leaving World Vision (if people chose to do so) in grace. That really gave me some pause.

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