It took me a very, very long time to comment on this whole incident. Too long, really, because I feel like I let the people around me down by not voicing my opinion. I was quiet about it. Why? Because I was afraid of getting attacked by my fellow Christians. I’m a liberal Christian, I’m a member of the Christian Left. I used to call myself a moderate, but as time goes on, I’ve found that I am a liberal.
That being said, I’ve been in the closet about a lot of things, and this whole website has been a “coming out” of sorts for me. I’m showing the world who I really am, what I really think, and what causes I really care about. Because of this, I feel like I absolutely must say something about the World Vision incident. This article from NPR is actually a pretty good overview of what happened. Basically, World Vision put out a letter stating that, after prayer and consideration, that their board made the decision to allow those who are homosexual, even if they are legally married, to be able to serve with their organization. Two days later, because of a number of people that were no less than bullies, they went back on it.
I’m going to talk about this in two different posts. This first post I’m going to talk about how angry and frustrated I am at the Christian community for using children as nothing more than pawns in a huge chess game. In the second post, I’m going to discuss my views on the matter itself. Why am I doing it this way? So you actually listen to what I think is the more important of the two points.
Read after the break for more!
Because World Vision made the initial decision to allow homosexuals to serve, they lost over 10,000 sponsorships to children around the world.
Starving children. Children in other countries that need sustenance. Children who are looking to people in the United States and other areas of the world in order to make sure that they don’t go hungry. And 10,000 of them were dropped without any hesitancy because of a “principle.”
You listen to me, and you listen to me good.
Never, ever, ever put a person’s life in the gap because of some “Godly principle” that you have.
I want you to freaking listen to me.
You know what? Fine. We disagree on a piece of theology. But what right do you have to hold those children hostage for it?
If you think you would have done the same thing, I’m ashamed that you are my sibling in Christ. Ashamed. You think that you’re making a point? No, you’re not. You’re just being a jerk. You can disagree without putting a child on the line. This isn’t politics, you don’t vote with your dollars.
You are allowing a child to starve because you’re too “principled” to allow “someone like that” to serve a Christian organization.
Why am I using such harsh terms? Because last I checked, Jesus did too, when it came to throwing children under the bus. Check it out:
“If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” – Matthew 18:6, NIV.
Yeah, it’s a different topic, but you know what? If I was a child and I heard that someone stopped sponsoring me because they cared more about being right than they did about my life, I’d probably walk away from Jesus.
Let’s think about this. You’re a child in Africa and your sponsor stops sending money for you. They can’t find you a new sponsor. Your family gets sick, and they can’t help you because they don’t have the funding for your family. You get older, and somehow you find out what happened. That they didn’t stop sponsoring you because they couldn’t afford it. They stopped because they disagreed with the organization that was helping you. It wasn’t your fault at all, but you suffered for it.
That’s bullcrap. Where’s Jesus in that action? In my opinion, He’s not there at all. And the chance that the now adult sticks with Jesus at that point? Slim to none, buddy, because they thought God was a God of love – not a God of rejection and selfishness.
Need it from another point of view? Let’s go really extreme here. Let’s say that there was a gentleman who decided that he didn’t like his state’s point of view on a particular law that had been passed in a state. Could be any law, health care, women’s rights, whatever. The gentlemen decided to go to a school with 10,000 children in it and hold every one of them hostage until the law was changed.
Want me to make it worse?
One of those children is yours.
You’d be appalled, right? You’d be freaking out. “Why is my child involved in this? What do children have to do with this law? Why did they do this?”
It’s the same exact situation my friends. Those 10,000 children were held hostage by selfish people who were more worried about a principle than the lives of the children they were supporting.
But the difference? The SWAT team isn’t going to come and bail those children out. There are no police that will make sure that the children are kept safe. Those children are now back in the pool and waiting for sponsors again. And you know what? Some of those children may end up waiting for months, even years before they get replacements.
All for a principle. All for something that, in the long run, doesn’t even matter in the big picture of salvation and Christ’s Kingdom?
Yes, I’m mad, but I have a right to be. Because I’m willing to bet that God is just as pissed off as I am.
Next time you stop donating to children because you’re trying to “take a stand” and “make a statement,” remember this. Sure, you’re making a statement, but that statement is that you care more about law than you do love. You care more about appearances than service. You care more about principles than people.
And last I checked, Jesus called those people, the Pharisees, a brood of vipers.