On World Vision - Voices of Reason

Many are likely unaware of this week's news regarding World Vision USA's policy change and then reversal of that changed policy in regards to the employment of individuals in same-sex marriage. To those who are aware, you've likely witnessed the public debate battle/war/fight (mostly through the media and the internet - this sure says something, doesn't it!?!).

You can read about it here:
Through the twitter-wars and entrenched polarization, I'm glad to have encountered a few voices of reason, people who recognize the dangers of politicized theological/ethical debate and who are attempting an alternative path in addressing such issues.

Here are a few of the highlights:

Jamie Arpin-Ricci, "World Vision & A Different Possibility"
...the witness this event has displayed to a watching world is not that Christians are uncompromisingly committed to morality, but that we are reactionary, graceless people, filled with anger, unwilling to follow our own principles of correction and grace, even when the consequences fall on the shoulder of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable children.
David Fitch, "World Vision and The Public Sport of Evangelical In-Fighting"
World Vision is not a local church. It is a large organization that really acts like a public service corporation. It is alot like a large university that once had a church behind it but now has lost that direct affiliation. It now is beholden to a huge donor base for its continued existence. It should act like that. If it makes a public statement that statement should be made for the sake of its ‘business interests.” If this is true, then in my opinion, World Vision should have very limited statements about the moral behavior of its employees.
Ryan Dueck, "How Things Work in the World of (Mostly) Rich Western Christians"
...wouldn’t it get very complicated to keep pulling their money whenever a sinner is discovered in the ranks of those offering relief? How will anybody in the world be helped if the (mostly) rich western Christians redirect their money every time someone ignores the Bible’s clear teaching?
And then I would say…“Um…Er… 
Well, you see things just work a bit differently in the world of (mostly) rich, western Christians negotiating the weighty burden of how to allocate their discretionary spending in an adversarial and noisy church culture that has little patience for nuanced reflection or measured responses. 
Derek Rishmawy, "Keller, Evangelical Polarization, and the Folly of Measuring Coffins"
What seems to be getting lost is the Evangelical middle. Why? Well, probably a lot of reasons, but in view of the last week’s “dialogue”, in the technologically-amplified Argument Culture, centrist voices tend to get marginalized and the loudest mouths dominate the air/screen-time...
...Not that it’s right, but more American Evangelicals probably know about Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow breaking up than they do about the World Vision (non-)decision this week. Every once in a while, it’s good to step back and take a breathe on this stuff.


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