So 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.