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