“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’s largest 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.
In short, World Vision hopes to dodge the division currently “tearing churches apart” over same-sex relationships by solidifying its long-held philosophy as a parachurch organization: to defer to churches on theological issues, so that it can focus on uniting Christians around serving the poor. Read full article…
If we’re talking biblical Christianity, by your “very narrow policy change,” you have compromised biblical principles and truths for what you have dubbed “symbolic not of compromise but of unity.”
Mr. Stearns, your vision of unity may work for World Vision, but it would not work for biblical Christianity.
Mr. Stearn, neither you nor I nor anyone else has that authority to redefined what God has already defined: marriage is between a man and a woman (Gen. 2:24; Mark 10:7; Eph. 5:31).
But if we’re into redefining and compromising, then Mr. Stearns and World Vision are perfectly in the right…