Ahhhh, Friday of Spring Break.
Excited about the routine starting back on Monday? Nope.
Ready for the kids to be back at school? Ummmmmmm. . .
Either way – hope your Break this Winter, um I mean, week has been nice. . .
As I am sure you have heard by now, World Vision made some huge waves across – and then back again – the Evangelical ocean this week.
Today I want to point you to some articles related to this simply due to the fact that I believe it is imperative that followers of Jesus think hard, right, biblical, and with deep love for the world on such things. I hope I am wrong, but it’s not going to get easier for Jesus followers this side of His return. Let’s train ourselves to be as innocent as doves, and as wise as serpents – while we remember we have been sent out as sheep among wolves.
#1. World Vision: Why We’re Hiring Gay Christians in Same-Sex Marriages by Celeste Gracey and Jeremy Weber (Posted 03/24/2014)
“In short, World Vision hopes to dodge the division currently “tearing churches apart” over same-sex relationships by solidifying its long-held philosophy as a parachurch organization: to defer to churches and denominations on theological issues, so that it can focus on uniting Christians around serving the poor.”
#2. World Vision Reverses Decision to Hire Christians in Same-Sex Marriages by Celeste Gracey and Jeremy Weber (Posted 03/26/2014)
“We are writing to you our trusted partners and Christian leaders who have come to us in the spirit of Matthew 18 to express your concern in love and conviction. You share our desire to come together in the Body of Christ around our mission to serve the poorest of the poor. We have listened to you and want to say thank you and to humbly ask for your forgiveness.
In our board’s effort to unite around the church’s shared mission to serve the poor in the name of Christ, we failed to be consistent with World Vision U.S.’s commitment to the traditional understanding of Biblical marriage and our own Statement of Faith, which says, ‘We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.’ And we also failed to seek enough counsel from our own Christian partners. As a result, we made a change to our conduct policy that was not consistent with our Statement of Faith and our commitment to the sanctity of marriage.”
#3. World Vision: Adultery No, Homosexual Practice Yes by John Piper (Posted prior to World Vision’s Reversal)
“This means that, without repentance and change, World Vision will go the way of worldliness and weakness. A great superstructure will remain for a season, but the Christian soul will disappear. And who will suffer most? The poor.
Therefore, for the sake of Christ and his call to true compassion, World Vision’s decision is tragic. I pray they will repent and turn back to their more faithful roots.”
#4. On World Vision and the Gospel by Russell Moore (Posted Prior to World Vision’s Reversal)
“We’re entering an era where we will see who the evangelicals really are, and by that I mean those who believe in the gospel itself, in all of its truth and all of its grace. And many will shrink back. There are no riots if the gospel you’re preaching doesn’t threaten the silversmiths of the Temple of Artemis. And there are no clucking tongues if the gospel you’re preaching isn’t offered to tax collectors and temple prostitutes.”
#5. What is Marriage, According to the Bible? by Ray Ortlund
“We can’t turn the clock back to the days of the Christian social consensus the West has foolishly thrown away. But we who say we believe the gospel can and must stand up for the biblical definition of marriage. We must cultivate beautiful marriages ourselves. We must suffer social rejection bravely. We must pray for revival. We must wait for the inevitable collapse of every false view of marriage. We must lovingly serve all who suffer for their foolish attempts at false ‘marriages.’ And we must go to church this Sunday and worship the living God with all our hearts, so that we ourselves are sustained for faithfulness over the long haul, because this isn’t going to be easy.”