World Vision is an international organization that gives aid to children in need. They provide water, shelter, health care, education, and relief aid to thousands of people around the world.

 

They are also a Christian organization whose hiring policy requires that employees adhere to a Christian Statement of Faith. In addition, employees are also expected to remain faithful to their spouses and be sexually abstinent until marriage.

 

In early April, World Vision announced that they were going to welcome same-sex marriage individuals into their organization.  According to the statement,

“[S]ince World Vision is a multi-denominational organization that welcomes employees from more than 50 denominations, and since a number of these denominations in recent years have sanctioned same-sex marriage for Christians, the board … chose to adjust our policy. Thus, the board has modified our Employee Standards of Conduct to allow a Christian in a legal same-sex marriage to be employed at World Vision.”

 

World Vision CEO Kevin Jenkins (world vision.com)

This was exciting news for many, as it was seen as a step forward in equality and acceptance of same-sex couples. For many children in need, however, this meant a loss in necessary funds when those opposed to same-sex marriage decided to boycott the organization. As a result of the boycotts and sudden funding cut backs, World Vision decided to reverse their statement about gay marriage, and continued to uphold its “commitment to the traditional understanding of Biblical marriage”.

 

Nothing would have changed had the Board continued with its original view of marriage. Specifically, if the Board left the policy alone, this whole controversy would not have happened, and those needy children who lost their financial support would still have it.

 

Although World Vision did not have to change their stance on the matter of same-sex marriage, the important thing was that they did. This was a positive step forward in accepting employees from all walks of the Christian faith. It showed that World Vision was an organization that was true to the message of Christ to love your neighbor as yourself.

 

In deciding to reverse their statement and not hire gays, World Vision lost the chance to hire wonderful, capable people who simply want to serve others. This would have allowed World Vision to become a model for other Christian organizations, to show them the importance of acceptance and progress.

 

It is not fair to the children in need that World Vision’s decision to hire homosexuals caused many donors to drop their support. It seems backwards that someone would allow a child to suffer because of a company’s decision to hire individuals from all walks of the same faith. Perhaps, if they had stayed true to the decision to hire gays, they would have seen more people across the country see this as progress and decide to sponsor a child. World Vision had the chance to be an example and model for change; unfortunately, they simply became a topic of controversy and disappointment.

 

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