5 Must-Read Posts on the World Vision Controversy

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Students wash their hands at Lindula Maha School which is funded by AusAID in partnership wtih World Vision. Image Credit: Department of Australian Aid, via Flickr


This is still a pretty bold move for a Christian organization, and there are a number of individuals declaring that they will pull their sponsorship (aka...food out of a child's mouth) over this policy change.  However, there are also a number of individuals making first-time donations (myself included) and setting up sponsorship challenges (like Kristen Howerton of Rage Against the Minivan) to help make up for any funds lost and children left behind.

While I definitely have my own thoughts on the matter, I feel I can make best use of my little corner of the internet by pointing readers to some very well written and thought-provoking pieces.

1.  Christianity Today - World Vision: Why We're Hiring Gay Christians in Same-Sex Marriages  Sometimes (all the time?) it's best to start with the source.  Stories and words can be twisted and skewed so easily, especially when there are two very passionate "sides" to the debate.  (UPDATE 3/27/14 11:15 am CST - Christianity Today Reverses Decision to Hire Christians in Same-Sex Marriages)

2.  The Gospel Coalition - World Vision and Why We Grieve for the Children - In all honesty, I have a really hard time reading this blog post by Trevin Wax.  I tend to agree with Dianna E. Anderson's response post, I Am Not Responsible for your Hate: World Vision, Evangelicals, and Emotional Blackmail, which articulates the way in which The Gospel Coalition's post manipulates the story and puts the blame on the wrong people.  Many other bloggers seem to agree with her assessment.

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Some have called for Tyler to take down his post, but for the time being, it remains.  I share it here as I think it is necessary to understand the sides of this debate and also to see what is being said/written in the name of Christianity.

3.  Rachel Held Evans - On the World Vision Reaction: Some Bad News, Some Good News, and Some Ideas - Rachel is usually my go-to blogger, and with this post, again it is no surprise. Definitely worth the read (and a share?).  Her post not only gives some great background on the reaction of some Evangelicals, but it also ends with some "What Can we Do Now?" take-aways.  Also, there is hope in her words.  (UPDATE 3/27/14 11:15  am CSTWorld Vision Update)

4.  Benjamin Moberg   - When Evangelicals Turn Against Children to Spite Me - If you believe that Evangelicals who are pulling their sponsorship are acting out of love, please, read this.  On second thought, no matter what you think, please read Ben's words.  Our words and our actions (and our theologies) have real impact on people's lives.  Read.  Listen.  Think about what we're doing here.  (UPDATE 3/27/14 11:15 am CST – When World Vision Drops Me

5. Nish Weiseth - These Are Real Kids, You Know - Finally, Nish has great perspective here as she has done some work with World Vision. Her post gets at the real heart of this story, the children. The children. This organization is about feeding, clothing, educating and caring for the children. Lest we forget.   (UPDATE 3/27/14 11:15 am CST – World Vision: An Update)

UPDATE 3/27/14 11:15 – One last important piece from David R. Henson at Patheos – I Don’t Blame World Vision.  I Blame Homophobia and Hate.  (Neither do I, and so do I, David.)

I’m sure there will be more to come.  This is just a start to the response from this one organization’s one “simple” policy change (and then reversal).  Are you frustrated?  Hurt?  Confused?  What have you read or seen this week that brings hope to this story?

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