I shared the other day the news that World Vision had adopted a new policy regarding acceptance of same-sex marriage. Well, it seems as though the reaction from the Christian community has made an impact upon their decision. Just yesterday, the board of directors reversed their decision. Here are some of the comments from president Richard Stearns.
"The last couple of days have been painful. We feel pain and a broken heart for the confusion we caused for many friends who saw this policy change as a strong reversal of World Vision's commitment to biblical authority, which it was not intended to be.
Rather than creating more unity [among Christians], we created more division, and that was not the intent. Our board acknowledged that the policy change we made was a mistake...and we believe that [World Vision supporters] helped us to see that with more clarity...and we're asking you to forgive us for that mistake."
Now the question remains:
How Should The Christian Community Respond To This Reversed Statement?
On the one hand, this reversal in their policy stinks. At some point, I wonder if the amount of supporters lost in those two days will ever be revealed. I have to think it is significant. I personally know many people who canceled their support. Therefore, this reversal stinks that it is not based on conviction of truth, but on financial reasons.
But on the other hand, I can't read their heart. Neither can you. People throw around the "Don't judge, lest you be judged" (Matt. 7) all the time. They use it for all sorts of excuses for why we are not to give evaluative statements on the lifestyles and morals of people (for example, I heart his all the time in the same-sex marriage debate). But let me encourage you to think that THIS IS EXACTLY what Jesus is talking about. We cannot judge motives or heart issues. We can and should judge external things, but we cannot and should not judge internal things.
And since, we cannot see their heart, we need to accept their forgiveness. We need to forgive them for their initial crazy decision and support them that they have come back to a more biblical stance on biblical authority and the family. The last statement in John Piper's blog that I linked to on Tuesday said this:
"I pray they repent and turn back to their more faithful roots."
That was my prayer at the moment. And it seems as though it has happened. Let's not worry about the reasoning right now. Let us rejoice that they have changed their stance on this very important issue.
If you were thinking of canceling your account with them, would you please reconsider. If you did cancel your account with them, would you reconsider what it might look like to sign back up with them, for the sake of the children.