World Vision’s “Lose-Lose-Lose” Situation

By Scott Fowler

As any who are following the story have already heard by now, World Vision reversed its decision to hire same-sex married couples. Unfortunately, this situation is a lose-lose-lose situation.

The first loss came when the initial decision was made. According to an Associated Press article report (Major Evangelical Charity To Hire Married Gay Christians), Richard Stearns, President of World Vision indicated that “the World Vision board had prayed for years about how to handle the issue as Christian denominations took different stands on recognizing same-sex relationships.” Initial response to World Vision’s decision from traditional evangelicals was sadness, disappointment, dismay, even rebuke. It’s decision to hire same-sex married couples in order to avoid division thereby shirking its responsibility to stand behind its own statement of faith in some attempt to remain neutral by deferring to the authority of local churches all while claiming that it was not compromising but holding true to Scripture was a ludicrous attempt at a balancing act that was doomed to fail. And fail it did, setting up the second loss.

The second loss came two days later when the decision that came after years of prayer was reversed and labeled a mistake. Okay. It’s a tough spot to be in for World Vision. By their own admission they “failed to seek enough counsel” from their own Christian partners (World Vision Reverses Gay Marriage Decision). It is possible to become myopic when we allow ourselves to become too isolated. It happens. But the problem now is that we are left to surmise that if the leadership at World Vision had felt no negative feedback it would have stood by its decision to hire married same-sex couples. The current leadership at World Vision is capable of making this kind of decision when left to its own counsel. So, even though their decision has been reversed and a sincere apology has been given, it seems that we now know where the leadership of World Vision really stands on the issue. This is a demonstration of its biblical hermeneutic.

The third loss is felt by true evangelicalism as a whole. It is just one more prominent ministry that has demonstrated that it does not understand the full seriousness of the battle that is engulfing evangelicalism and the believing Church. One by one ministries, leaders, politicians, and families are succumbing to the pressure of the culture and their own subjective experiences to compromise in their beliefs causing the Church’s cultured despisers to question just how deep our convictions go.

 

5 thoughts on “World Vision’s “Lose-Lose-Lose” Situation

  1. Roger Erdvig

    Hearing the news last night caused all kinds of thoughts. Of course, I value an organization’s repentance, but the problem now is trust.

    Boiled down to it’s essence, the story goes… “We spent months praying about this, studying all angles, and getting feedback from our closest advisers. We are fully confident we’re making the right choice, in the name of unity.” {{{{{ Insert major push-back from donors and evangelical leaders here }}}}}} “We made a mistake and we’re very sorry for all the trouble this caused. We really do affirm the authority of the Bible.”

    I’m glad for the repentance, and I admire the guts to come clean. But, it will take a while to build up trust again. I can only imagine how those more conservative World Vision employees and executives feel right now.

    • cscottfowler

      Well said and exactly the point! Last night I read a blogger that was complaining that evangelicals were not able to allow neutrality on the “marginal” issue of Christianity and homosexuality. That’s what World Vision attempted to do with disastrous results!

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