Earlier this week, WorldVision Charity announced that it would willingly hire Gay Christians in Same-Sex marriages. This has caused a firestorm within the Christian community. WorldVision is an interdenominational organisation. As such, they have to work with people who have different interpretations of the Scripture and associated doctrines. I imagine it’s not uncommon for people working alongside each other to have to swallow their objections to their coworkers’ beliefs. A room filled with ten Christians will have ten different bodies of belief. Even seated around my family’s dinner table at Christmas there’s a wide range of interpretations. Angel sockhops in the sewing room have to be set aside for other times when Christians need to accomplish things.
So is it all right for WorldVision to hire Gay married Christians? Sure. Is it all right to not give your money to WorldVision anymore? Sure. After all, who am I, the person who doesn’t buy sandwiches from Chik Fil A, to say how another person’s conscience should direct her to spend her money.
So what’s the problem? The problem is two-fold, as I see it.
The first problem is that WorldVision has hired divorced people to work there for years. I have no data to prove this because nobody writes articles about it because it’s a foregone conclusion. Divorce–something that the Bible actually says God hates–is ubiquitous in modern society. I am not speaking against all divorced people here. Each end of a marriage is its own story and has its own causes and effects. It is between the parties in the marriage and their pastors and support persons. But the fact of the matter is that if we’re going by things the Bible is pretty clear about, divorce would rank right up there. Actually, now that I think about it, so would “all”. As in “For all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.”* Yet WorldVision has persisted for most of its long duration as a visible charity upon hiring human beings. Shocking, yet the truth cannot be denied. Why is it just now that millions of words are being spent across Christendom to wrestle with “how we should respond to WorldVision”? Scratch that. We know the reason. It’s because right now “gay” is the number one enemy we all hate. Nothing unites people like a common enemy and we’ve already done Divorce in the 1950s, drugs and alcohol in the 1960s and 1970s, Women’s rights in the 1980s and…now it’s Gay people.
So what’s the second problem? Frankly, it’s all the talk about everyone acting as though they are really aggrieved about how they spend their $35 or $70 dollars a month. I’ve read a lot of people waxing eloquently about the various poor children in sundry villages that their family so bravely supports because it is The Right Thing To Do. As though shining a spotlight on one’s charitable actions is all of a sudden an acceptable thing for Christians. Even though that’s something else that Christ spoke directly against. Everyone is so busy talking about how they feel led to withhold their charitable giving because of other people’s sin when they don’t acknowledge that the conversation itself is warned against by Jesus Christ.
…2″So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 3″But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,–Matthew 6:2,3
So do or don’t do as you see fit. But think it through all the way and make the decision quietly. (As for me speaking about chik-fil-a, this is not analagous. That’s not a charity, that’s a boycott.)
* [Yes, I realise this is read by people who are not Christians or who have different beliefs about sin, Grace, original sin, etc. My point is not to argue about the nature of sin or to list sins. My point is to emphasise that if you are looking in the Bible to seek and destroy sin, you have to look at the whole Bible. I of course would argue that by so doing you’d see that the judgment of individuals is between God and that person, but that’s a song I sing a lot, so chances are you know the tune and most of the words.]