Yesterday, Christianity Today published a story in which the President of World Vision, Richard Stearns, announced that they would now allow the hire of gay individuals who are single and abstinent, (the same applies to their straight counterparts) and married.
Right on cue, the evangelical community starting freaking out, as they so often do. Russell D. Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, issued a response. It’s so laughable and insulting; I’m not going to waste my energy arguing against the statement. (Also, others, such as Justin Lee at the Gay Christian Network, have previously articulated much better responses in his blog and book than I ever could.)
Such diatribes seem rote by now; it’s honestly hard to summon the proper amount of rage. I mostly just want to pat them on the head and say, Oh, honey, (especially since stress and rage bring on the fibro flares.) But then THEN THEN, I see things like this.
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I am consumed by a flurry of emotions: rage; grief; indignation; embarrassment. It’s really hard to form the right words in response to this kind of asshattery. This morning I wept, grieving over the reality that there are those who would rather discontinue supporting a child/family/community in need because they don’t like the people who could possibly be providing that support. How dare they? You know what this tells me? It tells me that, to these people, these children and communities are disposable. They are casualties in a culture war over who people are attracted to and love. And to gay Christians who want to work within a Christian organization to help these children and communities, it says that their time, talents, compassion, and existence isn’t good enough to help these disposable children.
Now, I know that’s not what these donors will believe they are doing and conveying. As one of the commenters said, they don’t want a “false Gospel” spread to those who World Vision helps. I may be mistaken, but I don’t recall the Good News of Christ having anything to do with sexual orientation. The work of the Kingdom was feeding the poor, clothing the naked, healing the sick, taking care of widows and children. Jesus didn’t require a résumé of His disciples, which included a line item on sexual orientation, before calling them. He didn’t make sure that someone was worthy of help, and that those he called to help were worthy of giving it. He simply said, Follow me.