World Vision announced yesterday that they would start hiring Christians in same-sex relationships.
And then the arrows started flying from all the usual bows. Thanks to my sister Katie Kather for alerting me to the madness…
Franklin Graham was his normal, eloquent self, offering up a response in mere hours. Just a few weeks after claiming that Russian President Vladmir Putin has “the right idea” about gays, he burst onto the scene with this little gem of questionable scholarship.
Did you read Graham’s thoughts? No, c’mon, click it. It takes two minutes to read. Graham is, if anything, shallow…which means it doesn’t take long to read.
Read it? Good. Now, let me clear some things up for you for reference sake: the Bible, throughout the Old and New Testaments, gives a variety of marriage situations, and even supports most of them, and while they usually involve men and women, the idea that all of them involve just one man and one woman is an outright lie. Read Leviticus. Or maybe the Abraham story where good ‘ole Abe impregnates a couple of women to make sure his family has heirs.
Most of the marriage arrangements in the Bible you probably wouldn’t recognize as “Christian” these days. But, see, Graham thinks he can just say something and make it true. He doesn’t think you’ll actually go do research. Shame on him.
You’d think someone like Graham, coming from a family of such influence, would have spent the money to get a decent undergraduate education where this could be pointed out to him…
But I digress. Enough snark. Well, no, not enough. Cause I’m kind of mad in this post.
World Vision notes that they’re changing the hiring policies to “unite the church,” a nod toward churches who do have Christian men and women in same-sex partnerships. The same great work continues, it’ll just be done by people who actually represent the wide swath of the Christian landscape.
Funny how an organization called “World Vision” would actually want to cast a vision that represents the larger world. Whoda thunk?
And now there are reports that some people and organizations are dropping their sponsorships because of this move. I was pointed to this fact by “Rage Against the Mini Van,” a lovely little blog run by, what appears to be, an insightful writer and advocate for all things awesome.
Uhm, let me say that again because I don’t know that you sufficiently heard me.
People are deciding not to feed and clothe children because a partnered person may or may not be the middle man.
To quote MJ, “Makes me want to scream.”
What about that action, I’d like to know, do they think is Christian? Because I hope to hell they aren’t getting a latte from Starbucks, an equal opportunity employer. I hope they aren’t shopping at Aldi or Kroger, ordering from Amazon or buying music from iTunes…all equal opportunity employers.
I hope they’re divesting from every single organization that may or may not have partnered gay employees, forcing them to eat the food they grow in their backyard, give up all TV channels (because, well, all providers are also equal opportunity here in the States), stop buying clothes and start making them, and cancel all of their utilities.
C’mon bigots, stick to your guns. If you’re going to divest from a charity because it hires openly partnered gay people, I want you to go ahead and divest from every organization, charity or not, Christian or not, who may or may not have a partnered gay person on the payroll.
I’m pretty sure divesting from every organization that hires partnered gay employees would leave you destitute.
And then, by the grace of God, I’d sponsor you with food and shelter and clothing. And I mean that, literally. By the grace of God.
Because whether or not you agree with me on this theological issue, I do not want you to die or go without. Nay, I’m not allowed to let you die or go without.
Because the Bible tells me so.
I’m just wondering what their Bible is telling them…