World Vision: The Math Everyone Should See

Jason Micheli —  March 28, 2014 — 11 Comments

WV-logo_rgbIn the Church world, no matter what side you are on at some point this week you found this to be outrageous, embarrassing news.

First, World Vision, a global Christian non-profit announced it would no longer discriminate against married gay persons per the policies of their employees respective Christian denominations. Not to mention, World Vision is headquartered in a state (Washington) where gay marriage is legal, making WV a potential target for discrimination lawsuits and thereby jeopardizing the millions of children and impoverished people in the developing world aided by WV.

Not that that actually matters because droves of conservative Christians (or just plain old conservatives) responded by pulling their sponsorship of children in protest. Nice!

It’s not like Jesus ever said anything negative about those put ideological purity above compassion towards those in need.

Wait…well, crap, I guess Jesus did teach about it (See: Samaritan, Parable of)

But that’s why the epistles of Paul more important!

In response to the backlash- and understandably not wanting to throw the world’s vulnerable children under the partisan bus- World Vision reversed its decision.

That I’m sure their decision was carefully planned and discerned and backlash anticipated yet STILL the vitriol was such that they had to do an about face in 24 hours says a lot about the bullying in the American Church on this single, freaking issue.

I get that people disagree about issues of marriage, sexuality etc. I really do.

But let’s be honest.

Just the other night, I was watching the Ken Burns’ Civil War film with my boys.

Haven’t seen it since I was in Middle School. In the first episode, Sam Waterston quotes a Protestant pastor (Methodist, I think) in the South  (Virginia, I think) speaking about how due to the context of slavery the Church amended [willingly] its MARRIAGE LITURGY AND VOWS.

‘…until Death- or Distance- do us part…’

The idea that marriage has been a bible-based, a-cultural institution until only recently is patently, objectively false.

The suggestion that 2 gay Christians who are faithful to each other poses the gravest threat to said institution is repugnant when considered against other historical exigencies in which the Church as proved nimble in what constitutes “biblical marriage.”

Realizing full well that faithful Christians disagree about the issue of marriage and sexuality (as my denomination puts it), the World Vision clusterf#$% prompts me merely to point out this black/white, no wiggle room Bible Math:

# of Times the Poor Mentioned in Scripture: 400+

# of Times Homosexuality Mentioned in Scripture: 2*

*4 if I’m in a generous mood


Jason Micheli


11 responses to World Vision: The Math Everyone Should See

  1. I will not pull my sponsorship from the children we support but I will consider further investment in their missions.

    • Well, that was quick! 🙂
      Yeah, I get people having problems with an institution’s policies, being UMC and all, but pulling sponsorships to make a point seems like it places politics over faith.
      Or…someone can define a certain kind of marriage as ‘biblical’ but to defend that is not the same thing as defending the bible. Damn, I wish I’d put that in the post.

  2. Bible says it, I believe it, that ends it!

    • Except that doesn’t even begin it. That’s just an easy way to say the Bible supports whatever perspective you’ve already arrived at via other means (politics, culture etc). For example, Sodom and Gomorrah. Seems obvious, right? Bible says it. Except, Ezekiel makes clear S/G’s sin wasn’t homosexuality but neglect of the poor. And what are we to make of the fact Jesus forbids divorce after remarriage explicitly yet Paul says ‘I know the Lord said but I say…’ I understand people who have different views but it’s not nearly so easy as saying the Bible ‘says it and it’s clear.’

  3. Great post Jason! I really needed that today. Thanks for your continued focus on the real message of Jesus Christ and not the biased propaganda that emerges every day that sell a view of Christianity that is more hate than love, more separation than connection, and more self-centered than neighbor-centered. I particularly like your reference to the Samaritan parable. If we really understood that message, most of our world’s problems would slide into the trash heap of history.

  4. Who is it that sets the limits of grace and mercy?

  5. Would you use your bully pulpit to, uh, bully Christian philanthropists if they moved all of their donations over to say Food For the Hungry instead, with their 22-1 matching USAID funds? Or is it just simpler to assume they were going to spend all that extra cash on more Chick-fil-A and ammo?

    • You flatter me by referring to this as a bully pulpit…unless of course you’re just calling me a bully.

      I’m not sure I follow your comment, though. I don’t know the groups you reference to track what you’re saying.

      • We’ve been here before. Like your deleted “Cupcakes and Charlatans” post, you use your position as professional clergy with powerful media tools to berate non-clergy seeking to be faithful with their resources. Here you do it under the assumption that the poor are hurt, without considering that net donations to fight poverty and hunger may actually increase through withdrawn contributions to WV.

        If I understand Jesus right, you won’t find satisfaction and peace through these tactics, even if you achieve what you desire.

        • Jason Micheli April 2, 2014 at 1:55 PM

          It’s deleted? It’s posted on a friend’s blog still I know. I don’t intend to berate and or scold- I mean the folks I’m scolding are generally also professional clergy and the like. What I’m saying is that people can say this ________ is a biblical via of marriage’ but that isn’t to say you’re being biblical because the bulk of the bible isn’t about marriage it’s about the poor.

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