Sponsorship

World Vision, Gay Marriage, and Breaking Off Sponsorship

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These are kids reading sponsor mail at our Children’s HopeChest CarePoint in Uganda.  The girl in the middle is Miriam, and I got to squeal happily as her sponsor hugged her for the first time.

Yesterday World Vision announced a change in its policy for U.S. staff members, allowing for employment of individuals in legal same-sex marriages.  They wrote a letter to staff, Christianity Today wrote this article, and then a level five hurricane of crap broke loose on Twitter.

I went to bed energetically thumb-typing into the notes section of my phone, because in general I try not to spew directly onto social media.  Since I woke up still feeling like someone placed an anvil on my chest, I need to share some thoughts.  Orphan care is a subject that tends to make me really passionate and foam at the mouth, but this morning, there’s no foam.  Only major humility, massive quantities of love, and a deep, deep ache.

Just yesterday I was working on a post about the importance of child sponsorship and what it can do for breaking the cycle of poverty and destruction.  Sponsorship is an incredible gift to both sponsors and children, because not only does it provide money for things like food, clothing, medical care, education, and discipleship, but it offers relationship.  As sponsors, we get to write to our kids and let them know how much we care, how we root for them, and how we love them.  Our longterm support is girded by relationship.

I’ve had the opportunity to go a step further and visit my kids, wrap my arms around them, visit their homes, and ooh and aah as they proudly show me their schoolwork.

This is me with one of my kids, Esther, who's showing me her recent exam. This year she moved up to high school. She is the bomb diggity and I adore her.

I count watching children meet their sponsors as the sweetest, most sacred of moments.  I don’t sponsor with World Vision, but in almost 100% of my conversations about sponsorship, someone tells me that they do sponsor through World Vision.

It’s a big organization doing a lot of good in the world for a lot of kids and communities, and because of its recognition that different denominations have different beliefs about marriage, prominent evangelical leaders are coming out and renouncing it.  People are declaring that they’re dropping their sponsorships.

All I want to say today is, “Oh, please don’t drop your sponsorship!”

As a sponsorship coordinator, I’ve experienced people needing to drop their sponsorship for many reasons.  Sometimes the sponsor loses a job, or becomes a single parent and can’t continue, or a medical issue with a child here at home prevents them from affording the sponsorship.  It’s always sad, and the sponsors always struggle, and we hug (Sometimes I hug non-huggers with my thoughts.).

This is different.  The only change in circumstance here is a policy change.  For anyone thinking of canceling sponsorship due to a differing opinion in the U.S. staff guide, here’s what you’re basically saying to your child:

Because I have a doctrinal disagreement with fellow Christians, I’m choosing to break off my relationship with you.  You can no longer count on my love and support because of the way I feel about some marriages in the U.S. staff.  And I’m making this decision because of my devotion to Jesus!

Growing up, I attended a church that met in a warehouse.  In our big cement block room sitting on metal folding chairs, we sang song lyrics off the wall, cast by an overhead projector.  I’ll never forget one of the songs we used to sing, because the worship leaders seemed like hippies at Woodstock dancing around a fire.  I seem to remember tambourines.  All they needed were some love beads.

And they’ll know we are Christians

By our love

By our love

And they’ll know we are Christians

By our love

Tell that to the kids losing their sponsorships.

The song is based on John 13:35, “By this everyone will know that you’re my disciples, if you love one another.”  Is that what’s happening here?

These kids aren’t pawns.  They’ve been victimized and exploited enough without Christians using them in some kind of epic doctrinal battle to the death.  Everyone loses this battle.  Mostly the kids.

Christians, this isn’t right.  We can do better.  When did following Jesus become about what we’re against?

Sigh.  With all my heart I want people to see what we’re for.  I’m a Christian.  I’m for feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the lonely, and big long hugs that last for days.  I believe that Jesus loves me and loves you and I’m for you feeling His love by my hands and feet serving you.  I’m for straining toward unity, stretching for it, pleading for it.  I’m for gentleness and faithfulness.

Lately, it feels more like “Farewell” this, and “You’re dead to me” that.

Now some people are calling for another boycott, and this time we’re boycotting what?  Poor children?

I know, I understand, that’s not what people are really doing.  I know, friends, that anyone withdrawing sponsorship isn’t doing it because of the kids, but from a heartfelt conviction.  I don’t want to debate that conviction here.  People with various beliefs are welcome here and I don’t want to attack anyone, because I don’t want to encourage attacking.  I want to boycott attacks of all kinds.  (See what I did there?)

This is me sitting down next to you and just asking you to consider maintaining your sponsorship.  I believe so strongly in the good we can do together, as people of various doctrines, for the sake of the children.

Have our doctrinal battles landed us here, with the world watching the wealthy believers decide whether or not they support children aided by gay couples?  It’s the grossest display of our indulgence and gluttony that we can sit here with bellies filled and all the Bible studies spread before us and decide to break off a relationship with a child who’s come to depend on us, whose next belly filling is our spiritual whim.

These kids pray for us.  They pray for God to bless us.  Us, the people with all the money and food and school and doctors.  I know this because they tell me in the letters I receive.

Before you decide to end your sponsorship because World Vision is making room for the marriage doctrines of some denominations, please think about the child you sponsor.  Not the glossy photo.  Not the little description.  The flesh and blood child.  Please, with tears in my eyes and a heavy heart, please.

“The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern” Proverbs 29:7.

What do you think?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on World Vision’s policy change and what you believe about continuing sponsorship.  Let’s keep the discussion sponsorship-specific, because I think by now we’ve all heard the various viewpoints about same-sex marriage and don’t need to battle that out here.  Seriously, I will hide under my desk.

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  • Lisa Humphries

    I think you hit the nail on the head. Doctrinal differences should NOT stand in the way of the support these kids receive. It does seem very selfish and self-absorbed to deny them support and love because we may not agree with certain policies of the facilitating organization.

    I am praying that hearts will remain focused on the kids.

    • Melanie Dale

      Thanks, Lisa. I will amen that prayer.

  • Rebecca Standley

    I have tears in my eyes; thank you for writing this! It is exactly the point I think Mr. Stearns was trying to make in his statements to “Christianity Today”. I pray that more voices of moderation and reason like yours will be heard, so that the children can remain the central focus.

    • Melanie Dale

      Rebecca, thanks for your encouragement. Really really. :)

  • Off The Cuff Cooking

    If I were sponsoring with World Vision, I would contact them with my concerns about this issue, and let them know that I would continue to sponsor whatever child I was sponsoring until they graduated, but at that point I would remove my money from that organization and find another one that I felt more theologically aligned with… I personally have sponsored (and been a spokesperson for) Compassion International for almost 18 years now, and have never had any problems with their approach, their theological ideals, and their stewardship and transparency. They also haven’t really done anything particularly controversial. So you’re absolutely right… punishing the children for the sake of a soap-box is not the idea.

    Of course, this firestorm was also sort of self-inflicted by World Vision. What kind of reaction did they think they would get by announcing this? And they are doing that knowing full well that a lot of people will remove their support as a knee-jerk reaction. I think it was a short-sighted idea for them to try to be politically correct, knowing how divisive this issue is in America. The damage is done, and while it might inspire a few more gay-Christians to sponsor through them, they’ll see far more people abandon their organization, and by default, also be abandoning those kids in the meantime.

    I am afraid the scales will NOT tip in the favor of the impoverished children because of this public decision that World Vision just made. And that’s too bad. In this situation, by trying to be inclusive toward the “oppressed gay Christian couples” who still have food, shelter, jobs, they have just alienated and upset lot of reactionary, conservative Christians which ultimately means that the real victims are the truly oppressed and disadvantaged kids who have nothing at all.

    • Off The Cuff Cooking

      Also, I hope I stayed neutral enough in my tone there for an internet commentary. With my first paragraph, I was trying to say “IF I were someone who sponsored through World Vision and IF I were someone who was taking issue with their corporate decision to make this announcement and change to their hiring practices, then THIS is what I would do.” I would hope that those people who fall into this category are choosing the children over their personal convictions. I do have some personal convictions, and will support those organizations that I think are aligned with my views, but ultimately, like you said, please think of the children foremost, and try not to exit out of an opportunity to foster relationships there, until there’s nobody left behind and left without support.

      • Melanie Dale

        Thanks, Off the Cuff, for sharing your own thought process on this. I respect that everyone has to make choices of which organizations to support based upon their beliefs and hope that many will continue to support the children with whom they’ve already established relationships. I do think WV didn’t operate out of a desire to be politically correct, but out of recognition that their employees represent a wide spectrum of marriage beliefs while all upholding that Christ is Lord. It’s a tough decision to make, knowing what would happen and going forward anyway.

        • Tim

          Where do we draw the line? What if the next step is more dire, all in the name of supporting beliefs. Maybe someday abortionist will want to be in the mix, and then demand population control based on their beliefs? Do we support them? Heaven forbid! Let’s not be deceived… homosexuality is SIN. To support willful, active sin, is a step in the wrong direction. HUGE STEP!!
          We have to align with scripture. When Jesus spoke, the crowds sometimes thinned. There where those who walked away from truth, and yes, Jesus let them. They have a choice, and sometimes that choice came with a price. WV is walking away from truth.
          I too would sponsor my child until the end, but no additional. BECAUSE Jesus tells me to follow HIM, not the world.
          So again, my question: Where do we draw the line?

          • Alex

            That’s a good question, Tim.
            Where do we as Christians draw the line? Do we stop shopping at big box
            retailers like Walmart because of child labor exploitation or boycott Starbucks
            because of their support of gay marriage?
            In many ways, Modern Christianity has wiped away many of the Biblical
            requirements for both men and women (e.g., women’s’ role in the church, divorce).
            The slope has become very slippery. I
            think that it’s important to stand up for what you believe and to support
            organizations that reinforce your beliefs.
            But I also think that as a Christian body, we have a tendency to allow
            our “point making” to get in the way of sharing the love of Christ
            and our service to the poor. Would Jesus
            stop serving the poor in this case? I
            don’t think so, but I’ll just add that to the list of questions I have for Him
            when I reach heaven.

          • Tim

            I like what you wrote and your thought process. I agree with Culdee below. However, we can never choose to water down scripture in order to compromise. WV claims to be a Christian organization. They should drop that title if their intention is to not be one.

          • HChris

            Hiring homosexuals disqualifies WV as a Christian organization? Can someone please, please connect the dots for me. In what way does hiring a homosexual affirm their sin? Everyone keeps saying that as a matter of fact.

            Additionally, you want to hold WV to a standard you are not willing to hold yourself to. Will you cease to frequent other businesses that hire homsexuals? Those businesses might not be Christian but YOU are. Or does the fact that you financially support those businesses really mean you affirm their sin and therefore you are NOT a Christian, just as WV s not really a Christian organizationl? I’m having a real hard time following your logic.

          • Dichrist

            The bible says sin is sin – all sins are equal in their definition. The bible also says to obey the laws of the land. So–those if us who speed on the road, breaking the law are sinners. Would you act the same way towards someone who commits this SIN? I doubt it. Get over yourself! You are now a receipiebt of “judge not, lest YOU be judged.”

          • Tim

            Yikes! Not sure what Bible you’re reading? Read what Culdee wrote below. Also, scripture tells us to not even associate with those who are in willful and purposeful sin. We are not to judge the heart, but the actions of others, in order to lovingly win them back to Christ. You propose a universalism theory, which based on your reasoning, means we should never challenge anything that doesn’t align with Scripture, primarily because we all sin.

  • Jerry

    There are other organizations thru which a person can sponsor children yet remain faithful to traditional Christian/Jewish/ Muslim/ – morality.

    • Alex

      There are, but I think one of the points of the post is that a relationship can be severed in the process, which can be more valuable than the financial commitment.

    • Melanie Dale

      You’re right, Jerry. There absolutely are, and everyone has the right and responsibility to chose the one they feel drawn to. My concern are the relationships between sponsors and children that are already established. I’m saddened to see people canceling their sponsorships, because it’s canceling an established relationship.

  • JenniferT

    Well said.

    • Melanie Dale

      Thanks, Jennifer. :)

  • LLe

    Sorry, but policy changes reflect values. The organization made a decision on a divisive issue which individuals will always be forced to take a stand. These good donors reveal their good heart for children and I believe they will continue with an organization that align with their morals. It is unfair of the author to question the donor’s desire to help children by withdrawing funds. Anyone intentionally supporting people in need are reflecting love for humanity and should not be discarded so easily. Remember, it is their values that moved them to donate in the first place.

    • Melanie Dale

      LLe, I appreciate your comment here and the values and love that lead people to sponsor children. Thank you. I’m struggling with seeing sponsors who have established relationships with children severing those relationships. I absolutely support and respect the right of an individual to choose an organization that reflects his or her values, but sponsoring a child is developing a relationship, investing in a person. Children can’t be swapped as easily as a line item in a checkbook.

      • LLe

        Yes, their is a relationship forged between sponsor and child. But this connection began with a trusting relationship with World Vision. The responsibility is shared but the financial commitment to the children remains with World Vision since they chose to damage trust with their financial partners. What did World Vision expect? They have their share of the burden of accountability. Maybe discussion or a plan on such a significant policy change could have benefited everyone. Such an announcement should not have expectations if “business as usual”. Again you minimize an individuals values by simply stating this is a line item decision. People are upset and anguished to be forced to make a decision regarding their support of World Vision. BTW part of the money pays for infrastructure, right?

        • Alex

          I’m simply saddened that this issue is ripping the Christian community apart and orphans are paying the price. I think that’s probably a point we all can support.

    • Zach

      Here is the only thought that really matters to me on the subject: would Jesus scold a homosexual for feeding the poor? I can’t imagine he would. Dropping your sponsorship is devastating to that child, regardless of whether or not you pick up another sponsorship with a different organization. If your doctrine is telling you that this is the right decision for you, then you may want to reassess what you’re following. The Bible is pretty clear about helping those in need. Nowhere does it say to help those in need, but only if you completely agree with everyone’s beliefs that are involved. I’m not casting judgement on you, just reaching out as a brother in Christ. There is just so much doctrine in modern Christianity and not nearly enough Bible.

  • Stephanie Barnes Edwards

    We sponsor through WV and will continue for the sake of our kids, but we will find another organization when they graduate. I completely agree; these real-life kids should not suffer because of the organization’s desire to be politically correct. I will definitely be writing to express my disappointment, though. I am really sad that WV would take this kind of risk as one of the most prominent Christian relief organizations in the world. I feel they will lose more people in the long run than they will gain. Hopefully this won’t result in a bad taste for all Christian relief organizations and those people who leave WV will seek other organizations to support.

    • Melanie Dale

      Stephanie, I’m so glad you’re continuing your relationship with the child you sponsor. That’s encouraging to hear!

  • Laura

    I’ve been torn on what to do, as I sponsor a child through WV. I’m so thankful for this post. After reading all of the comments, I’ve decided I will continue to sponsor him until he graduates and then look elsewhere to send my sponsorship dollars. Like Children’s HopeChest. :)

  • Melanie

    I love this article, thank you for writing.. I feel that while many (how many?) Christians have withdrawn their support of this organization due to their apparent solidarity with equal rights to gays — there will be just as many, if not more, who will ultimately be drawn toward World Vision for the exact same reason.

    You don’t have to be a “gay-Christian” (as was described in another comment) to support the respect and equal treatment of gays, or to simply approve of them being employed. Honestly — the concept of not only noticing, but disapproving of, the EMPLOYMENT of gays seems unimaginable to me. Incomprehensible.

    Although some children may suffer in the short term due to the withdrawal of their sponsors — I feel that this type of overall decision by such an influential Christian organization will ultimately lead to a more peaceful, loving, and generous corner of the world where more people (Christian and otherwise) are encouraged to and made more capable of loving others.

    These basic policy updates, to reflect the love and grace of Christ as applicable in modern day, will only help to attract a world of people who yearn for the “love thy neighbor” side of Christians, not the stone-throwing side.

    Particularly after the media storm, Ultimately this will prove to be an undeniably positive business (and cultural) decision for the growth and success of World Vision, for many decades to come, reaching so many more children in need — due to their focus on showing love and acceptance. If we cant model that to the children who need it most, what is the point.

  • Heather D’Souza Ferreira

    Thanks for the post I have been a Sponsorship Coordinator and worked with World Vision India for 23 years till I retired 2 years back, I am also a sponsor and amount of theology or principles will keep me away from the bond with a child, I remember my days when I connected a child to sponsor to child thru letters, visits, mails, thats a joy I can never forget, I know the heart and concern of Rich Streans been part of his tour to sensitize people on Caring for Widows and Orphans of HIV. My thoughts resonate with yours none of us should break our ties with the children God has bonded us with.

  • Pastor Tom Ford

    I fully support World Vision ‘ s decision. I encourage all to follow Jesus’ love and sponsor many children. Don’t be sidetracked by culture wars.

    • Matt

      The Bible says to be IN the world, but NOT OF the world. I think if you side-step this issue, you are of the world . Sorry Pastor, but I would double check the clarity of what the bible says on this issue of supporting the gay lifestyle.

  • Kent

    There are many other wonderful organizations like samaritans purse, latin american childcare, compassion international and more who are holding on to the Bible.

  • Culdee

    Very poor decision on World Vision’s part. I’m so disappointed in their leadership. They claim to have done this in the name of ‘unity’, but now there is more division than ever. Bottom line is that love without truth is meaningless. Don’t call yourself a Christian organization when your message corrupted with deception. World Vision, you are not leading anyone to Christ by these actions; you are leading people *away* from Christ.
    That said, I intend to continue my sponsorship for my *child’s* sake. But so far as I know, WV might as well be a secular humanitarian organization at this point. They should at least be honest with themselves.

    • Matt

      I agree!!!! Thanks for this fantastic response. I can tell that the Bible lives in your heart and you desire to follow Jesus 100%.

  • Karen

    The children will still be sponsored. When a sponsor stops paying, World Vision continues with the project. The children do not miss out.

    • Helena

      That is a falsehood. WV will put children who are under 14 back into the sponsership pool and if they find a sponsor, they will continue. If the child is over 14, they are not put back into the pool and their dreams and hopes are dashed. It is important to know this and it is a sin to cut off a commitment that you made to a child for even such a reason as this. Yes, a sin. And a WILLFUL one at that.

  • ss

    Can’t people just switch and sponsor a child with an organization whose values align with theirs? Did not World Vision put man’s approval ahead of serving the children?

    • inchbyinch

      Excellent! Yes, and this is how the devil allows sin to creep into the church body. He wants you to believe it doesn’t exist! So they now use the children, “They will die of hunger” and so on. God wants obedience and for us to feed and cloth the poor. Can we not do both? I suggest we can. I can choose how I want to do that and it won’t be with WV.

  • Stephen Rexroth

    I have run many races and marathons with Team World Vision, and am a captain for a local church team for the Chicago Marathon. Last year, I ran 400 miles of races, including the Comrades ultra marathon and an IronMan to raise money for the cause. I have a World Vision tattoo on my right ankle. I have visited the clean water projects in Bartabwa, Kenya. Safe to say, for the past few years, I have bled orange and blue.

    And I feel betrayed by this policy shift, as if World Vision leadership is asking me to choose between morality and helping children. I find Richard Stearns’ explanation to be full of logical holes, false justifications and completely unsatisfying. But, I will continue my support of the child that I have already made a commitment to and would encourage others to do the same. Once your child “graduates”, if you feel compelled to take your donations elsewhere, I encourage you to make that decision with a prayerful heart.

    I do not know if I can, in good conscience, continue to run for TWV. I do not know if I will have my tattoo covered up. But I will continue to support Wisley until he roles out of the program because he has come to rely on me for more than just my $35/month, but also for my letters and small gifts to let him and his family know that he is loved, he is not forgotten, and that he matters both to God and to me. For any considering cancelling their sponsorship, I would prayerfully beg you to consider seeing your commitment through to the end, and then making a decision at that time as to what to do with your funds. I will bet that I feel the betrayal of doctrine in this policy shift as keenly as anyone, but I will beg you, humbly and tearfully, on my knees, do not cut off an active relationship with a child simply to spite World Vision’s leadership.

    I believe that WV leadership made a costly mistake. I flat out believe that they are wrong. But two wrongs have never made a right and our response should not be to oppose evil with anger, but to oppose evil with love. Let World Vision know that you will be sending additional funds to other ministries; let them know that you will not continue supporting WV once your child “graduates”, but I beg you, do not cut them off. That would be a greater travesty than any decision coming out of Seattle could ever be. Please prayerfully consider this before making any impulsive decisions that will impact not only the financial well-being of these communities, but also the emotional and spiritual well-being of that child that has come to depend on you. God bless, everyone

  • Matt

    I believe in following Jesus and believing what the Bible calls and says to do. You simply can’t “put aside the gay marriage and concentrate on sponsorship” in the responses. I believe you’re ignoring a VERY important issue. If we as believers continue to put aside what the Bible says we are not supposed to support, we are comprising the legitimacy of how it says we are to live. The world is becoming more gray every day, and the Bible is black and white regarding the gay lifestyle. I believe that this is a disastorous decision for World Vision. World Vision represents what it means to be Jesus in peoples lives through support and giving. It was a fantastic mission, until they compromised what the Bible says about having a healthy ministry. You can still have a sponsorship without giving in to the ways of this world. I will never support this organization because of this.

    • HChris

      The problem is that we aren’t disqualifying people for employment based on other sins (other than sexual sins). And if we DID disqualify people for employment based on other sins, which sins? It would have to be all sins in order to be consistent. This leads us to the death that legalism brings. We have 3 choices. 1) Be consistent and prevent all sinners from employment. 2) Live in hypocrisy and only prevent some sinners from employment. 3) Be consistent and allow all sinners to be employed.

      • shelbell

        Yet at the same time , if a pastor or someone in a faith based employment has a sexual failing , they are either fired or forced to resign. Faith based employment does have different standards from secular and you are expected to comply with their statement of faith or conduct.

        • HChris

          Only sexual failings? Why only those failings? Or if not only those, which? My point still stands. You think certain sins are more egregious than others, perhaps some are, but you would need to make a case for which are more egregious than others and why. The wages of sin is death. Not just physical but spiritual separation from God. Is there a more serious punishment? No, so it seems sin is sin.

      • inchbyinch

        Understand, there is a difference between willfully living in a sinful state, and merely sinning and repenting. If someone said “Hey, I’m a Christian who believes it’s ok to steal” is that ok? Think about what you’re saying. Saying you are a Christian and in a gay marriage is saying you don’t believe homosexuality is a sin and you are willfully ignoring Gods word. There is the difference.

        • Matt

          I agree 100% with willful disobedience. If you know Jesus, you would turn from the gay lifestyle. I know that struggling with other sins is no different, but if you’re working on confession and not following those desires, that’s different.

  • rcingo

    Thank you for this article!!! I agree, agree, agree. I am a current sponsor and a former employee of WV. I worked there when WV decided to pay for meds for staff in Africa who were HIV positive as well as raising money and awareness for health care kits etc. Those things ALSO created a firestorm and sponsors who disagreed leaving. Sad, not sure what Gospel they are reading, BUT other people sponsored BECAUSE WV took the Christ like behavior and action to serve the poorest of the poor. WV has from it’s beginnings served the unwanted, uncared for, etc. I have never met more committed, hard working people who think everything through, take deliberate action with ALWAYS what is best for the children. I plan n writing Rich Stearns for taking the hard side of this, but the Christ like side. Blessed are those…..

  • HChris

    Just to be clear, we are talking about Christians who are homosexual…right? I mean, they profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior? You have to in order to work at World Vision. They are Christians and they are Sinners. Just like the rest of World Vision’s employees. Just like us. What if World Vision said they were going to hire gossips? Or those who lose their tempers? Or those who lust? Or covet? Or those would don’t love their neighbors? Or those who don’t love their enemies? OH THEY ALREADY DO!? Then why give them any money in the first place? Why is it heretical to hire homosexual CHRISTIANS but not heretical to hire Christians who gossip, who rage, who lust, who covet, who don’t love their neighbors or their enemies? Because we are all hypocrites. Some of us just know that we are. Lord have mercy.

    • inchbyinch

      Here’s the difference: When World Vision makes the statement that being “willfully” Gay and married is ok? That’s a problem. Of course we all sin. However, do we all willfully live in that sinful state as if it is NOT a sin? Only the Lord knows our hearts. The point is World Vision is saying in fact that you can indeed be Willfully Gay and married and a christian. That does not wash with the biblical context of the sin of homosexuality. It’s saying I can be a married christian in a current adulterous relationship acting as if it is not sinful and be employed by them. I really wish Christians would think.

      • HChris

        There is literally no difference. You are making the case that to hire practicing homosexuals is affirming their sin. Therefore, by hiring other sinners, World Vision must be affirming their sin as well, right? That’s your own logic. If hiring gossips and the angry and the greedy and the proud is NOT affirming their sin, then neither is hiring homosexuals an affirmation of their sin. Anything else is pure hypocrisy.

    • shelbell

      The main difference with the other sins you mentioned is that most Christians would not call gossip, lust, anger, etc. good and permissible by God. Homosexuality does not fit with Gods intent for humanity and how he created us, yet some Christians want to call it good as long as it is a committed relationship (marriage).

      • inchbyinch

        and I believe in doing so, they are the ones using the children as pawns.

      • HChris

        They totally would and do consider them permissible by God, especially in America. The church in America is in bed with our nation’s military institution that wages war on our enemies. That is not Christian love. Can Veterans be employed at WV? How about divorced and remarried people? They are in an adulterous relationship.

        Also World Vision was not saying homosexuality is good and permissible by God, they were just saying God could use them by employing them to help further the kingdom by serving the poor.

  • inchbyinch

    Where any of Christs disciples living in a willful sinful state while showing the love of Christ? No. Anybody can show love to other human beings without being a Christian. However, that only glorifies themselves, not Christ. These kids need not only real food, but the bread of life which is God’s word. What World Visions essentially said is , we don’t recognize the biblical truth of sin. There is a big difference between being a sinner which we all are and living willfully and arrogantly in a sinful state. And I would also suggest to usurp the word of God and use children to pull on our heart strings is equally unloving. Remember God wiped out nations for disobedience to his word. Is that not loving? His wisdom is greater than ours. God demands our obedience. He won’t allow those children to starve. Stop putting him in a box.

    • HChris

      Except we are the body of Christ. There are in fact children starving in the world. Are you suggesting we just pray that God will feed them? We are his hands and feet.

      How is World Vision deciding to hire practicing homosexuals not recognizing the biblical truth of sin? They hire practicing gossips I’m sure. Divorced and remarried? Practicing adultery. You are saying that because they practice homosexuality they can not be Christians. You are judging their hearts and their relationship with God. Are you going to repent of that or are you going to willfully live in sin?

  • Jason Lim

    I feel for your heartache of sponsors dropping off and its impact on innocent children. Likewise, do you feel for ours because of this uncalled for policy change?

    So it has started in US, does this means other countries will follow suit soon?
    What is World Vision International’s vision about Christianity and its moral/spiritual convictions? What is WVI trying to tell the world with its non-Biblical policy change? Do they realise how big an impact it is to the good name of Christianity?

    If it’s going down the secular way, as it certainly looks like it, then we sponsors can only feel sorry for you and move on to an organisation that both meet our moral/spiritual conviction and do good as Biblical Christians.

    We are Christians first, that’s why we chose to sponsor with WV, not with UNICEF or any other equally good if not better charity organisations.

  • Tom

    My wife and I sponsor a child through World Vision. I don’t approve of same sex marriage. I am not going to argue that here. My only statement will be to let you know that I will not abandon a child that depends on me because someone made a decision that I don’t approve of and one she had no part in. I love my sponsored child and I will continue to support her as God directs me.

  • Matt
  • John

    wow, this is delicate, and not so easy as to take one side or the other. We can not stop caring and showing love as Jesus does not give up on us when we fall, as long as we are willing to repent. At the same time homosexuality is absolutely clear as a lifestyle that is not represented in the Kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9 …and others, it is all over the Bible). If you reject what God says as the way of Life, then you reject His blessing and friendship. We must stand for truth – 1 John 3:18 says to not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth; Eph. 4:15 says to speak the truth in love – you can love someone faithfully and not tell them the truth while you care for a practical need. God does not separate the two and neither should we. We can not stop doing right, loving with practical expression, and at the same time we can not stop declaring what is the truth that God has already make clear to us. If I ignore telling someone the truth, I do not love them. If I see a need that I can help and do not, I do not love them. World Vision keep doing what it right in all respects.

  • Lance Wells

    Maybe instead of blaming people who want to stand for truth, you should blame sex offenders and anyone who supports them. The fault lies with them, and with them entirely. If you stand on the side of the “LGBT community” to ANY degree, you’re standing with the Nazis of this generation. Perhaps you think it’s good for poor children to be sponsored by Nazis? I say that a child is better off going hungry than being subjected to the indoctrination of dirty perverts.
    You’ve provided a prime example of why Paul said that women are to submit to men in leadership. Be silent – or at least get your head screwed on right before spouting off to the whole world.

 

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