As you’ve probably seen, evangelical relief organization World Vision has announced that they will now be hiring persons who are in same-sex unions. This is an unfathomable error and one that leaves Christians asking how they should respond to an organization that is intentionally distorting the gospel of Jesus Christ. So what does a Christian who is concerned about meeting the practical needs of the weakest members of humanity and being faithful to the truth of Scripture do?
First: if you aren’t sponsoring a child now is a perfect time to begin!
As best I’m able to determine both Samaritan’s Purse and Compassion International are organizations doing work of practical good on par with or exceeding World Relief while also refusing to concede Biblical truth for the sake of changing cultural trends. It appears World Help, despite some troubles in recent years with a rogue consultant, does an admirable job of connecting donors’ dollars with needy individuals and groups. 1 I encourage you to partner with these organizations to turn the failure of World Vision into a positive force for the cause of Christ. Furthermore, shame on us if the only time we pay attention to relief organizations is when it becomes a political issue; let’s get increasingly involved as donors for the glory of Christ!
What about those who are sponsoring children through World Vision?
Let me encourage you to be proactive and vocal to World Vision about your disappointment over their error and your intentions to distance yourself from their organization in the future. You can find their contact information here and/or let them know through social media (a means often more useful in getting the attention of an organization) on Twitter and Facebook. Understand that it is their donor base which will have the greatest impact on World Vision.
Should you stop sponsoring your child?
World Vision has put Biblically faithful believers in the awful position of having to choose between being clear about the gospel and supporting a child who needs their aid. Here’s my suggestion: (after you let World Vision know you will be distancing yourself from their organization in the future) continue to support your child until the natural termination of support then move on to a relief organization with more integrity (again, let World Vision know this is your plan). The child you are connected with is an innocent victim of World Vision and will likely not be able yet to properly process the catastrophe of the organization’s decision.
While in that relationship of support let me encourage you to take full advantage of your relationship with the child! Write them letters freighted with the gospel, the beauty of Christ, and His care for their circumstances. If you can, go visit the child. Do everything you can to help that young bearer of the image of God know the Father who gave His Son for their salvation and calls His followers to care for his or her needs.
The fact that World Vision has so intentionally failed their own cause and their donor base doesn’t meant that the avenues they have established can’t be used for good until the natural point in which they can be abandoned for those provided by a more Biblically faithful organization.
- If my research is faulty please let me know and I’ll edit the post to describe these organizations more accurately. I would also welcome information about other worthwhile organizations. ↩