unringing the bell

I just heard the breaking news that World Vision has reversed its decision about hiring practicing homosexuals, and I’m not sure what to think about it. On the one hand, it’s obviously good to obey God. On the other hand, it’s hard to avoid thinking that they believe what they said on Monday more than what they said today.

Did evangelical criticism lead them to change their views on marriage, or did it merely prompt them to do what is politically expedient? Christian charity urges us to believe the former, while Christian wisdom suspects it’s the latter.

I could be wrong, but my initial reaction is that it would be difficult for either side to trust the current leadership. Those who favor gay marriage want leaders with a stronger spine, while those who think it’s a sin know that compromise comes easier the second time. Besides, the fact that World Vision thought such a change was necessary indicates they may have already crossed this line in their hiring practices.

The current leadership at World Vision is probably fatally compromised. What does World Vision really believe? It may be hard to tell for a while. You can’t unring the bell.






6 responses to “unringing the bell”

  1. Their new letter basically reads, “Oh yah… we forgot, we’re supposed to believe the Bible. Oops!”

  2. JW

    Man, the Bully Coalition seems to want it both ways. You guys are never happy!

    Mike, for me, the glaring omission in this post is the fact that the WV announcement yesterday included the word “forgiveness.”

  3. mikewittmer

    Forgiveness does not eliminate consequences. Broken trust takes a while to repair. We lie to ourselves if we pretend otherwise.

  4. You’re right, Mike. There is a broken trust but there can (and I would argue should be) a forgiveness granted that is necessary. The spirit of JW’s comments are right, too. There is far more skepticism in the Christian social media outlets than forgiveness granted. It’s time for us to change that and put on the prodigal father’s hat. Blessed are the merciful, for they will….

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