Monday, March 31, 2014

World Vision Loses Sight

World Vision--such vision!  The organization made a decision to recognize the marriages of employees who are in committed, long-term, same-sex relationships--like the federal government.

But two days later when challenged by conservative churches who see being anti-gay as part of the Apostles Creed, they backed down.


It's a sad day for people in Uganda, Kenya, and other countries where the same-sex issue is a matter of life and death. 

World Vision took a courageous step that stood up to the hatred and persecution currently approved by legislation in Uganda and elsewhere–but then it backed down. 

What would Jesus do?

These phrases are the ones being fought over:

based on biblical principles

authority of the Bible

what Scripture says about marriage

Never mind that Scripture says in at least one place: "...anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever married a divorced woman commits adultery" (Matthew 5:32).

That's what Scripture says about marriage.  

Is World Vision recognizing the marriages of its divorced employees?

From the statement issued by the Board on March 26:

"...we failed to be consistent with World Vision U.S.’s commitment to the traditional understanding of Biblical marriage and our own Statement of Faith, which says, “We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.” And we also failed to seek enough counsel from our own Christian partners."

When Christians are picking and choosing when to see the Bible as authoritative and when to ignore it, they are being hypocritical... like the religious authorities in Jesus's day, whom he often fumed against.

Here's what Nicholas Kristof said back in February:

Here's the NY Times report:

And then there's Christianity Today, which kept this story upfront when the rest of the media weren't interested:

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