imagesSo yesterday I wrote a brief article about the firestorm that broke over World Vision (a self identified Christian charity) making a major policy change that would allow for their employees to be members of same-sex marriages. This decision, which was made ironically to maintain church unity, ended up being a major dividing line for many who hold to a traditional/biblical definition of marriage and human sexuality. Many sponsors of World Vision were forced to make a very difficult decision as to whether or not they would continue to sponsor a Christian organization that allowed sexual sin or pull their sponsorship and thus cut the resources that were needed to feed starving children all over the world. Some Christians were outraged that their fellow believers would even consider pulling support for starving children over a sin matter, while others were just as upset that their fellow Christians were willing to support an organization that held the Christian label and yet allowed sexual sin to continue in their ranks.  For some it was an easy choice as to which side to join, but for most of us this was not the case.

Well hopefully that is all over now because World Vision has reversed its policy changes and will now continue to promote the traditional/biblical marriage model. From reading the World Vision release statement it seems as though the higher ups have felt convicted and are repenting, which is actually refreshing to hear. True genuine repentance from Christians in power is a rare thing indeed, and I hope that their decision came as a result of genuine conviction and not because of financial pressures placed on them by Evangelical Christian groups and leaders. While I’m sure many pro-gay marriage advocacy groups and pro-gay marriage Christians will take issue with World Vision’s policy change, I am glad to see that (at least for the time being) World Vision will continue on feeding the impoverished in the name of Jesus Christ.



6 thoughts on “Well That Was Fast: GAY MARRIAGE, STARVING CHILDREN, AND A MORAL PARADOX (Update)

    • Let me rephrase that was harsh. I really hope you re-look at your views of homosexuality. We as Christians hate pornography and adultery and racism and yet our pews are filled with them. Yet, most Evangelical conservatives refuse to even speak to or embrace an openly gay person. This sort of hypocrisy WILL kill the American church. It is up to our generation to end this. We need to reach out to these outcast populations. If we err on the side of acceptance then so be it. But they will be brought into the fold of Christ. Let the Holy Spirit do its work. The problem is most Christians don’t let that happen.

      • Let me elaborate my understanding of the issue here, and maybe we can better understand each other. You are absolutely right in that Christians should hate “pornography and adultery and racism.” I think it is safe to say that we should hate all sin (Romans 12:9) because we know that sin, by its very nature, separates us from the Love of God. As ministers of the Gospel we should call out sin for what it is in order to at least warn people (Jude 1:23) that they should not deceive themselves by thinking themselves sinless, and miss out on the redemptive love of Christ (1 John 1:8-9). Having sinners in the church, regardless of what sin they struggle with, is not hypocrisy. Christians should always openly admit that they are fallen, broken, sinners in need of a savior. The Gospel has to start with a problem before we can get to the good news of the solution. If sinlessness was a requirement for being a part of the Church then all churches would be empty.

        Now let’s address homosexuality. It’s the hot button sin (at least by my understanding of scripture) of the day and there is enormous social pressure for people to tolerate sin. We as Christians cannot do this. While Jesus loved and forgave sinners he sought that they abandon their past sins rather than dwelling in them (John 8:11). When it comes to unbelieving LGBTQ peoples we should preach the exact same gospel we preach to anyone, the good news that we are sinners in need of a savior and that that savior is Jesus Christ. We preach freedom from the bondage of sin and the need to turn from the old ways and seek Christ and his righteousness. For our LGBTQ brothers and sisters in Christ we should always hold each other accountable (Galatians 6:1-2) and confront sin with gentleness and kindness just as we would (or should) confront adultery, pornography, racism, or any other sins we see in the lives of our brothers and sisters. We don’t give homosexuality a special pass, and I don’t really get from the Bible that we as believers should just sit back and “let the holy spirit do its work” when we see a brother sinning. Bearing each other’s burdens is the Law of Christ (Gal 6:2) and we do this by stepping in and intervening. Just as I would not allow my biological brother or sister to harm themself with by playing with fire, so too I should not just sit by while my spiritual brother or sister plays around with something that I know is toxic and dangerous. We must confront them with love and with the goal of restoration, but I cannot find anywhere in scripture where we are asked to do nothing and hope for the best.

    • Everyday we are given the opportunity to follow Jesus or mankind. The situation may be public or it may be subtle. In the Garden of Eden, the decision for Adam and Eve was very simple.

      “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” – Genesis 2:16-17 (NKJV)

      It was simple. Don’t eat from that one tree. But the serpent (Satan) made this simple command unfair. I can imagine the serpent poking fun at God’s instructions, possibly telling them that it was unfair not to enjoy the best tasting fruit in the Garden. The serpent tried to make this major test of faith out to be an innocent minor matter.

      Likewise, same-sex marriage has been promoted as a “normal” act or love between two consenting adults. Shouldn’t we allow them to celebrate their love?

      However, the situation is as serious as that in the Garden of Eden. God has told us through the Bible in several verses including Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, Jude 1:7, and 1 Corinthians 6:9, that homosexuality is a sin. Sin is still sin, no matter how much we love someone, or something. When we sin, we choose a person or object over our love of God.

      I sympathize with those who are in the LGBT community. I also “sympathize” with adulterers, murderers, rapists, thieves, liars, and everyone like me who has made bad decisions and sinned. Sin is sin!

      We are not to hate the person, just the sin. Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery,

      “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” ” – John 8:11b

      Let us not condemn the person, but the sin. God Bless!

  1. This was a false accusation: “…thus cut the resources that were needed to feed starving children…” No one stated that they were doing such a thing. What many did was to go to give to another organization that helps starving children like Food for the Hungry, Compassion, Samaritan’s Purse . etc. World Vision does not have a monopoly on helping starving children. http://textsincontext.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/love-basics-heresies-divorce-homosexuality-church/

    • While I agree that World Vision does not hold a monopoly, and I would certainly hope that any who dropped their sponsorship have either reinstated it after the World Vision restored their old policy or moved their charitable donations to another source, we don’t know for certain that all who dropped World Vision did either of these things. I certainly hope that World Vision is back on its feet and running smoothly now that the issue has been resolved and status restored, but it will be a while before we can see if this upset had any real lasting damage. The fact of the matter is that some children who had sponsors were dropped as a result of this, hopefully they have all been picked back up by either World Vision or another organization, but the end result has yet to be seen.

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