After a week and a weekend of reflection of World Vision’s decision and ultimately reversal of decision of hiring same sex couples, some are now starting to look at the landscape of Christianity.
Enter Rachel Held Evans.
Last week, she wrote this post about World Vision’s reversal. http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/world-vision-update
I would like to point to a particular quote in the post to pay attention too.
This whole situation has left me feeling frustrated, heartbroken, and lost. I don’t think I’ve ever been more angry at the Church, particularly the evangelical culture in which I was raised and with which I for so long identified. I confess I had not realized the true extent of the disdain many evangelicals have toward LGBT people, nor had I expected World Vision to yield to that disdain by reversing its decision under financial pressure.
I think she’s speaking on behalf of many.
Which leads to the article at the top for us to discuss.
She proposes that perhaps the evangelical church may have won the culture war last week, but lost a generation that will be distancing themselves from evangelicalism.
Here’s a quote.
As a longtime supporter of World Vision, I encouraged readers of my blog to pick up some of the dropped sponsorships after the initial decision. I then felt betrayed when World Vision backtracked, though I urged my readers not to play the same game but to keep supporting their sponsored children, who are of course at no fault in any of this.
But most of all, the situation put into stark, unsettling relief just how misaligned evangelical priorities have become.
When Christians declare that they would rather withhold aid from people who need it than serve alongside gays and lesbians helping to provide that aid, something is wrong.
There is a disproportionate focus on homosexuality that consistently dehumanizes, stigmatizes and marginalizes gay and lesbian people and, at least in this case, prioritizes the culture war against them over and against the important work of caring for the poor.
Evangelicals insist that they are simply fighting to preserve “biblical marriage,” but if this were actually about “biblical marriage,” then we would also be discussing the charity’s policy around divorce.
But we’re not.
What do you think? Do you feel this decision has turned people off of Christianity? Or, does it matter?