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When It Makes Everyone Else Look Really, Really Bad.

March 26, 2014

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It’s the greatest poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.

-Mother Theresa

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I wasn’t going to write about it. I was going to let it go, push it out of my mind, let all the faith bloggers go to town and hash it out and say the same things over and over again.

But then I remembered the children.

Yesterday World Vision, one the the largest relief organizations in the world, announced they were changing their policy to allow the employment of LGBT persons. “It’s easy to read a lot more into this decision than is really there,” said President Richard Stearns in an interview. “This is not an endorsement of same-sex marriage. We have decided we are not going to get into that debate. Nor is this a rejection of traditional marriage, which we affirm and support. This is simply a decision about whether or not you are eligible for employment at World Vision U.S. based on this single issue, and nothing more.”

The response was not surprising. Progressive Christians high-fived and conservative ones did not. Some conservative Christians even pulled their membership. Wait, let’s make that thousands of conservative Christians pulled their memberships. Over 2,000 children lost their sponsorships in protest to World Vision’s policy of employing people in same-sex marriages.

It was all very dramatic. Progressives scrambled to raise funds for the lost memberships, but it wasn’t enough and 48 hours later World Vision reversed its position on their hiring policy.

“Nevermind guys, we crunched the numbers and don’t support gay people after all!”

It was a PR move from hell, but let’s focus on the real problem here: This is why young people don’t go to church. This is why people are annoyed when your Instagram profile has a Bible verse or your car has a Jesus fish. When folks literally take food out of the mouths of children because an organization may or may not hire a gay person, it makes the rest of us look really, really bad.

The Christian community is never going to reach consensus on gay marriage. That’s fine. This is not about gay marriage. This is about whether or not a child gets breakfast.

Three possible ways to respond to today’s news:

1) Write a reactionary, spite-filled blog post/Facebook status/tweet in support or opposition of gay marriage.
Pros: Retweets/Likes stroke our delicate egos.
Cons: Kind of annoying.

2) Do nothing.
Pros: Easy.
Cons: Predictable.

3) Sponsor a child. Compassion International, World Vision, and Heifer International all strive to improve the quality of life for children across the world.
Pros: Help someone other than self.
Cons: None.

And that is all I have to say about that.

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