I’m deeply disappointed in the response to Christian World Vision’s initial decision (see here http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/march-web-only/world-vision-why-hiring-gay-christians-same-sex-marriage.html), by the thousands of Christians who pulled their sponsorship of children all over the world as a result. I’m astonished that as followers of Jesus Christ, we find a way to show the world that our feelings about gay people are stronger than our compassion for the meek; that our anger over gay employees is stronger than our anger over starving children. None of that sounds Christian to me. No wonder we can spend a lifetime evangelizing and still see little to no fruit. It’s because we’ve weaponized our faith against the very souls Jesus dedicated his entire ministry to, the least of these.
There is a way to disagree with that of which we don’t believe to be scripture, without hate and vitriol. There is a way to speak truth with the same grace and love that Jesus did; but more times than not we respond with a message that is not of love, and therefore is not of God. I initially thought that WV reversed their decision (see here http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/march-web-only/world-vision-reverses-decision-gay-same-sex-marriage.html) because they realized it contradicted their Christian doctrine, which I can accept even though divorce (and a long list of other don’ts) also displeases God and World Vision allows employees to divorce, yet no one is pulling their funding because of that; but then I learned the real deal. There is something special about the issue of homosexuality that brings out the worst in Christians, and after reading some of the responses (see below)…I see that World Vision was left with no other choice but to reverse their decision when within 24hrs of the change thousands of donors had retracted millions of dollars in support for hungry children worldwide .
Disgusted by your cowardice. How can you recognize a “marriage” that is not even recognized by God? This is disgraceful, and I am deeply saddened that I will no longer be able to support my child of 8 years because of your misguidance. You lost way more Christians today than you will gain in homosexuals. So so sad.
Tragic and unwise decision today. I hate that I have to pull my sponsorship but I will as soon as your phones open tomorrow since I can’t do it online. The loss of support for kids and people around the world is the responsibility of those who made this tragic decision, not those who were given no choice but to pull their support.
WV, my wife and I will be pulling our contributions because of your stance in homosexuality. I am very saddened for the poor people you have compromised. The gospel cannot be taught by an organization who contradicts such a clear position in the bible.
So you’re going to show World Vision AND God how good of a Christian you are by pulling your life-sustaining financial support for the poor??? I would much rather World Vision’s decision reversal been for a God-serving reason and not a contrived man-serving one. Unfortunately their hand was forced by thousands of Christians who were willing to jeopardize the well being of an impoverished child in order to make an emphatic point: “gay ain’t the way.” Well done, smh.
I’ve supported a young man named Carlos in the Dominican Republic for almost 5 years now through Children International; $22 out of my account each month. I can spend more money than that on food in a day, but I understand that $22 probably feeds Carlos for a whole month in his context. I couldn’t imagine pulling my support of Carlos because I didn’t agree with an administrative decision made by Children International. I couldn’t do it and call myself a disciple of Christ. Besides, I don’t seek salvation through non-profits and corporations. That’s what church (or wherever you worship) is for. If we required the faith principles of anything and everybody we patronized to be aligned with our own…there would be nothing left to patronize. Likewise, if to be Christian is to deny the “least of these” service in defense of the gospel, then we’ve got far more work to do in the world and in our own hearts and spirits than we previously imagined.