Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Why World Vision hates children

The Christian community is all in uproar over the recent declaration by World Vision's American branch President Richard Stearns in the decision to hire gay "Christians" in same-sex "marriages" (quotes intentionally added).  As Phil Johnson, Executive Director of Grace to You, stated in a Facebook post "Anyone truly shocked by the World Vision announcement hasn't been paying attention to the drift of this organization".  Any statement such as Stearns' rarely comes without the precedence of prior compromise on God's Word.  But the issue at hand needs to be addressed by Christians as a whole and individually.

Those who pull their support from World Vision are accused of neglecting children in need for the sake of positional differences.  "What about the children?" they cry out, "Can't you look past your shortsightedness at the bigger issue here:  the kids".  If this is really what many believe to be the bigger issue, then they have lost full sight of Scripture.

Do not misunderstand me, we are called to show forth our faith through goods works (James 2:18).  During His earthly ministry Christ showed compassion on the sick, the poor, the lame, and the outcast.  He healed the paralytic to show that He was the Son of Man in Matthew 9:1-8.  Twice he fed the multitude in Matthew 14:20-21 and Mark 8:8-10.  He brought children to His side as He taught and rebuked those who would refuse them from His presence in Luke 18:15-17.  Christ is compassionate and such compassion is reflected throughout Christian history as His Church has been on the forefront of building hospitals, orphanages, and shelters to show the twofold evidence of Ephesians 2:8-10.  But if one clothes the naked, heals the sick, feeds the hungry, houses the homeless, adopts the orphan, and cares for the widow yet withholds the Gospel of Christ they show that they do not have love for their neighbor but utter hatred for them.

World Vision hates children!  You read that right, World Vision hates children!  Despite their staggering numbers, their countless records of finances poured into poverty stricken countries where children lay starving in the streets, their compromise and redefining of what the Bible defines as a Christian and marriage proves that they do not love those they claim to.  How is this?

The first act of love is to express truth.  I had a conversation this past Saturday with a woman who pulled up to us as we were ministering outside the abortion clinic about this very point.  She agreed that abortion is murder but said we should not have signs that stated such.  She wanted us to use alternative words to express the atrocity that was happening only yards away in the abortuary.  When I asked what the first thing love should provoke you to do, she answered with a muddled response layered with an incoherent understanding of the answer.  I told her "love tells the truth".  Without this first point, anything that follows is not loving no matter how well intentioned.

World Vision says they love children, but what they love is to do good deeds while withholding the saving Gospel that everyone created in the image of God needs to hear.  What World Vision has done is removed themselves from the umbrella of the Great Commission by defining the issue on their terms.  Many will continue to support them, showing the absolute double-mindedness of many in our churches today, but unless they repent of this and their steady slide away from Scripture they have no business calling anything they do loving.  Worse still, those who continue to proclaim Christ as Savior and support World Vision's statements through their financial giving are themselves truly unloving of the children they claim to help.

It's time we plant the flag of "Here I Stand" again.  It's time we stop giving into the weight of the minority in the world and declare that Christ is King now, not in the future.  He is King over all Creation now and forever more.  Away with the escapist mentality that we have no stake in this world which God still commands us to take dominion over.  Away with the passivity that tells Christians to keep their faith within the four walls of their homes or church buildings.  World Vision is another organization that has fallen prey over time to the undermining of Scripture and the compromise of Christ's commands.  Let them be the last!  For the glory of our King, let them be the last!  Let us show love as Christ commands not as we define.

!!!UPDATE!!!

On March 26, 2014, World Vision President Richard Stearns has released the following statement reversing his position:

Dear Friends,
Today, the World Vision U.S. board publicly reversed its recent decision to change our employment conduct policy. The board acknowledged they made a mistake and chose to revert to our longstanding conduct policy requiring sexual abstinence for all single employees and faithfulness within the Biblical covenant of marriage between a man and a woman.
We are writing to you our trusted partners and Christian leaders who have come to us in the spirit of Matthew 18 to express your concern in love and conviction. You share our desire to come together in the Body of Christ around our mission to serve the poorest of the poor. We have listened to you and want to say thank you and to humbly ask for your forgiveness.
In our board's effort to unite around the church's shared mission to serve the poor in the name of Christ, 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. As a result, we made a change to our conduct policy that was not consistent with our Statement of Faith and our commitment to the sanctity of marriage.
We are brokenhearted over the pain and confusion we have caused many of our friends, who saw this decision as a reversal of our strong commitment to Biblical authority. We ask that you understand that this was never the board's intent. We are asking for your continued support. We commit to you that we will continue to listen to the wise counsel of Christian brothers and sisters, and we will reach out to key partners in the weeks ahead.
While World Vision U.S. stands firmly on the biblical view of marriage, we strongly affirm that all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, are created by God and are to be loved and treated with dignity and respect.
Please know that World Vision continues to serve all people in our ministry around the world. We pray that you will continue to join with us in our mission to be "an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God."
Sincerely in Christ,
Richard Stearns, President
Jim Beré, Chairman of the World Vision U.S. Board

For King and Kingdom,
Adam

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