By: Susan Bea Good
Shortly after my husband and I were married we decided to support a ministry with a monthly financial gift. We chose World Vision International. Founded in 1950, this organization ministered in third world nations, feeding and schooling very needy children. At that time it was a struggle for us to send that $20 check, but we knew the consistent sacrifice was a part of the living out of our love for God. A few years later we became personally involved in another similar ministry, shifted our financial contributions, and soon lost contact with WVI.
This week the World Vision organization has re-entered our sights, for all the wrong reasons. The ministry has made the decision to expand hiring to homosexual couples. Their reasoning is straight out of the “Coward’s Manual for Unity.”
According to Christianity Today, the organization’s traditional code of conduct demanded employees practice “abstinence before marriage and fidelity in marriage.” The previous standard presumed application to heterosexual marriages. In a vulgar twist WVI now recognizes “fidelity” between a same-sex married pair…disregarding biblical instructions on this hot topic.
Richard Stearns, President of WVI, stated that, the organization “will no longer prohibit its more than 1,100 American employees from homosexual activity, provided same-sex intercourse happens in the context of a legal marriage.” At the same time Mr. Stearns claims, “I want to be clear that we have not endorsed same-sex marriage, but we have chosen to defer to the authority of local churches on this issue.”
Of course World Vision has a lengthy explanation for this sudden turn of character. Its President concluded by saying, “We’ve got to focus on our mission. We are determined to find unity in our diversity.”
World Vision was one of the first national organizations to do the great work of caring for needy children around the world. Their current mission’s statement reads, “Our vision for every child, life in all its fullness; Our prayer for every heart, the will to make it so. World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by our Christian values, we are dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. We serve all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. Our mission: World Vision is 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.” (itallics’ mine)
The cowards on the board of WVI have bowed the organizational-knee to the vain and vulgar want-to-be destroyers of our Lord’s standards for biblical godliness.
I learned many years ago that WVI does a mediocre job when it comes to donation percentages…reportedly only 87% actually gets used in the manner intended…though not illegal, to me that is not acceptable. Money is one thing, but morality is quite another. World Vision’s altered “fidelity” policy will encourage an avalanche of abandonment of God’s Word among other charities who also do not want to pay the price of standing strong.
If you are currently serving on a ministry board, stay strong! Do not give in to the call for “unity in diversity.” If you are a financial contributor to a ministry, beware of those who do not hold firmly to the Word of God. Every local charitable outreach, Church, Bible Camp, and Christian School, can be checked out. Their mission’s statement should be posted online, and their financials can be obtained through Guide Star. Then after a little independent investigation ask a few strong questions. If their representatives can’t or won’t answer, turn and walk away!
“Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” (Proverbs 28:26/ESV)
The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it.