One of the largest Christian non-profits in the world made headlines on Monday when they announced that they would be changing their position on hiring staff members in gay marriages. They said that they had not been under any external pressure to change their policies, but felt as though because the world “Christian” community had a diversity of beliefs on the issue of homosexuality, they would now allow homosexuals in legal marriages to be hired. In explaining themselves they mentioned Christian diversity on issues like baptism, women in ministry and divorce.
The problem with this policy should become immediately obvious.
On issues like baptism, women in ministry and divorce, there is room for diversity of interpretation. On marriage and homosexuality, the Bible is explicit. Over and over again throughout the Old Testament and the New the Bible affirms marriage as a sacred covenant between a man, a woman and God. The Bible also speaks against homosexuality over and over again. Deciding that homosexuality or homosexual marriage is permissible is simply choosing to ignore what the Bible has said on both subjects – it’s not about “interpretation.”
World Vision’s decision to disregard Biblical truth about homosexuality and marriage was simply a decision to not believe Scripture.
Now, two days later the charitable organization has reversed course. Here is the letter from their President, Richard Stearns.
I am glad that World Vision has repented and seen that their initial action was confusing and wrong. However, after reading their retraction and noting that they now realize that the action went against everything they’ve ever stood for… I cannot understand how they ever thought this was a wise decision in the first place.
I agree with World Vision when they say “that all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, are created by God and are to be loved and treated with dignity and respect.” But there is no need to compromise the truth of what the Bible teaches in a misguided attempt to assuage the feelings of people who will hate us so long as we claim the exclusivity of Christianity.
We can NEVER compromise the most basic truths of our Christian beliefs in a vain attempt at acceptance.
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