World Vision to Hire Gays

Some might call this shocking. I just call it another domino falling:

World Vision’s American branch will no longer require its more than 1,100 employees to restrict their sexual activity to marriage between one man and one woman.

Abstinence outside of marriage remains a rule. But a policy change announced Monday [March 24] will now permit gay Christians in legal same-sex marriages to be employed at one of America’slargest Christian charities.

In an exclusive interview, World Vision U.S. president Richard Stearns explained to Christianity Today the rationale behind changing this “condition of employment,” whether financial or legal pressures were involved, and whether other Christian organizations with faith-based hiring rules should follow World Vision’s lead.

Stearns asserts that the “very narrow policy change” should be viewed by others as “symbolic not of compromise but of [Christian] unity.” He even hopes it will inspire unity elsewhere among Christians.

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  • http://tehanna.com/ T E Hanna

    Can you clarify Tony? Given the rhetoric exploding around this issue throughout the blogosphere, there are those that think this is another step towards reclaiming faithful Christianity in pursuit of equality and love, and those that think this is another example of the Church abandoning faithful Christianity and capitulating to a sinful culture.

    From what I’ve read on your blog to date, I’m pretty sure I know where you come down on this issue. But I’d love to hear your thoughts. Is this a good domino in a chain of positive Christian development, or a bad domino in a chain of western Christianity’s self-destruction?

  • http://aldaily.com Justin L. Conder

    Tony, reading through the comment section at the CT article you linked made me nauseous all morning. What a display of self righteousness. People dramatically abandoning World Vision for something like this shows that conservative Christian values on sexual ethics are being defined as primary beliefs, not secondary issues on which we may gracefully differ. Such posturing. There was even someone who posted that marriage and family are “the foundation” of the faith, so no organization which allowed employees who didn’t fit their own view of traditional marriage could be Christian. Really? Please consult Luke 14:26. And here I thought the faith was centered around following Jesus – which means serving the least of these, which WV has put front and center. I guess I just find it interesting that out of all issues that fracture Christian communities, conservative evangelicals have chosen to take a hard line on the one issue that the heterosexual majority doesn’t have to “struggle” with at all. Convenient.

    • Andrew Dowling

      The comment section at CT is generally prone to causing bouts of illness in those who dare to read . . . .

      I’ve always said the reason why abortion and homosexuality are the causes de jour of conservatives is that they don’t require any change of lifestyle for those doing the posturing . . it’s just judge judge judge.

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