So I stayed out of the whole “World Vision is hiring gay people, so let’s drop our sponsorships” ordeal.
Sometimes, it’s just good to sit back and take in the landscape and watch people’s reactions.
One interesting reaction I saw was from Dr. Michael Brown in Charisma magazine (a Pentecostal publication).
He said that World Vision betrayed the Church as well as the Lordship of Jesus. He advised Christians to jump ship, sponsor children through other organizations, and that World Vision was responsible before God for the children who would be left high and dry.
Here’s the problem with that.
Those dropped sponsorships. Those children.
As hard as it is for some to believe, those children are real people.
Theoretically, a good sponsor should keep in touch with their child, writing letters or perhaps even visiting them should they ever happen to be in their country of origin (my youth pastor did this in Honduras, which led to an expansion of our church’s mission in that nation).
I wonder if those 10,000 sponsors wrote their children one last letter, and I wonder what those letters said.
Perhaps they explained that the organization their support was channeled through was letting gay couples work for them, so now you’ll have to starve and find a new hope for your future. Good luck not falling through the cracks! Let’s get lunch in a few years if you are lucky enough to make it to adulthood with an education, or better yet, your very life.
World Vision is not without fault here.
They bluffed the Evangelical community, and they lost.
What did they wager? The livelihoods and futures of many young children who were depending on their sponsors.
The Evangelical community forgot that the children they were sponsoring are real people.
World Vision made a bluff which they lost…and then they recanted when they experienced the fall out. Whatever principles they were standing up for weren’t even followed through with.
Let’s tally up the scoreboard:
Evangelicals: 0 - 10,000. There are 10,000 losses here, and there is no guarantee that these kids will be able to pick up new sponsors. We dangled a carrot of hope in front of these kids, who should have been extensions of our own families, and then we unadopted them and cut them off.
World Vision: 0 - 10,002. Not only did they lose a bunch of sponsorships, but they didn’t even have the courage to stand their ground. This leaves the LGBT community feeling betrayed, and the Evangelical community feels betrayed. Now BOTH groups see World Vision as weak and spineless. World Vision made no friends with this move.
LGBT: 1 - 1. The LGBT community has a huge win here. They have seen a clear demonstration that in the Christian world, the priority of starving/adopted children will always be trumped by the issue of gay marriage. Always. This will gain them more sympathy in the public eye. It’s a loss for them because World Vision went back on their word.
The 10,000 Kids: 0 - DEATH.
Good job everybody.
Let’s count this as a win.