World Vision: Unable to Identify the Slippery Slope

And the hits just keep on coming! World Vision, a ministry that I would have considered to be more of a mainline, social gospel relief agency than any genuine evangelistic outreach, has decided to hire “Christians in same-sex marriages.” (Click on this link for the article Major Evangelical Charity to Hire Married Gay Christians – NBC News.com) Why? Because they are trying to

“prevent this divisive issue from tearing World Vision apart and potentially crippling our ability to accomplish our vital kingdom mission of living and serving the poorest of the poor in the name of Christ.”

Two very interesting pieces of logic come with this report: First, the motivation for this move is to keep World Vision from being torn apart so that it can keep doing what it is doing in the name of Christ. Once again, a subjective need or concern (which amounts to a financial issue) trumps integrity. I would suggest that what we do in the name of Christ cannot be separated from what we choose to ignore. I would also suggest that World Vision is hiring same-sex Christians (a term that is actually an oxymoron) in the name of Christ.

Second, Richard Stearns, president of World Vision, tries to thread the needle by saying they are not endorsing same-sex marriage “but we have chosen to defer to the authority of local churches on this issue.” So, following this logic, you can do whatever you want or abstain from operating with integrity just so long as you are not a local church. I suppose pro-abortion Christians are ok as well.

But, finally, a word of encouragement comes! Stearns assures us that World Vision is “not sliding down some slippery slope of compromise, nor are we diminishing the authority of Scripture in our work. . . . We are the same World Vision you have always believed in.” Whew! Thank goodness! In reality, this is yet another attempt to demonstrate how we can try to claim allegiance to Scripture while at the same time not following its instruction.

 

5 thoughts on “World Vision: Unable to Identify the Slippery Slope

    • cscottfowler

      Yes! You know, the conversation continues to follow along the path of same-sex marriage but the bigger issue for the Church is gay Christianity. I am starting to see people answer that question directly but mostly people are doing just what this organization has done: ignore it.

      • Kate

        Very interesting…I think I will pose that to them – is a gay Christian an oxymoron? ( I would love to see what you are reading in where people are addressing that…I haven’t seen it at all…just more or less, tolerance for people who are gay).

        Do you think the same line of reasoning would follow if we were to apply it to other sins? A Christian adulterer? A Christian thief? What do you think the line is between Christian who struggles with a sin and when their sin would disqualify them from being a Christian (or calling themselves that)???

        (PS – you did a fantastic job in chapel on Thurs. So, so good. Mr. Contes and I were saying that we could listen to you all day. Thank you so much! 🙂

        • cscottfowler

          Great questions Katie! Of course, one of the frequent rebuttals to any rejection of gay Christianity is the allusion to other sins: adultery, lying, stealing, etc. Of course those things are sins. But the difference is that with gay Christianity we are not talking about people who are confessing a sin. Instead, they are embracing and promoting a lifestyle clearly prohibited in Scripture. If we were talking about someone who got saved and agreed with God, Scripture, and the Church that same-sex relationships are sinful and yet they were struggling to escape those relationships, then the Church would say, “We agree together that homosexuality is a sin. We will walk with you as you go through this.” The issue is never how perfect we are but where we are in what we embrace and what we disavow. The Church does not embrace Christian adulterers, liars, thieves, etc. It embraces all kinds of people who have fallen into those sins. But few people show up to the Church openly promoting a Christianity that accepts adultery, lying, or thievery. But we do now have people showing up embracing and promoting a Christianity that accepts homosexuality as the norm. (And thanks for the kind words about chapel!)

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