One of the things that my close friends and family absolutely adore about my gentle husband is that the only time that he gets angry is when anyone does something to me. He’s very protective without being smothering, and I love that about him too. Needless to say, if someone walked up to him and said, “I like you, just not Kirsten,” he would take extreme offense to that statement because, now that we are married, we are one.
That is why I can’t help but think that this whole World Vision fiasco grieves the Lord even much more than it grieves deeply sensitive and caring Christians like myself. Last week I watched as the internet blew up over the press release regarding World Vision’s policy change to allow homosexuals to be hired at their organization. I watched people get angry at each other in the name of Christ, calling names and slinging mud, and I was determined not to add my voice to the fray. It grieved me deeply as well. Do you know who won this “battle?” It wasn’t Evangelical Christians. It wasn’t gay people. It wasn’t the children who World Vision claims to serve.
It was Satan. The very enemy of our souls who seeks to “steal, kill, and destroy” took the victory, and it makes me sick to even think about it. My prayer over the past week has been that God would take this giant mess and redeem it, as He is more than capable of doing. Only He can take this brokenness and turn it into something beautiful.
Now, however, there is more mud-slinging happening as Rich Stearns apparently held a conference call with well-known Christian leaders and bloggers. He reported that 10,000 child sponsorships were dropped last week, and now many of those professing Christian bloggers are reverting back to calling evangelical Christians bullies for making their point on the backs of children. (Thank you, by the way. There is nothing I like better than to be blanketed in a general, angry umbrella statement that you make about my religious convictions and personality.) Seth and I have always used Compassion to sponsor children, and we’ve been very pleased with them. I know many other “bullies” who are taking World Vision’s policy change seriously and they have made their choices with lots of prayer and strong, graceful convictions that the rest of us have no place to judge.
People say, “What would Jesus do? He was a friend of tax collectors and prostitutes.” Yes, He was. Thank God He was or none of us would be recipient of the grace that He freely extends. But, I would challenge you to truly ask yourself “what DID Jesus do?” I think that many people would be surprised to find out the answer.
You see, there will come a day when all of us–whether we believe in Christ or not–will have to stand before the Lord and give an account of our actions. Notice that I said we will have to stand before the LORD. Not other people. It’s something we should take seriously. Rich Stearns will have to give an account of his actions. You will have to give an account for your actions. I will have to give an account for mine. We will all stand before the righteous Judge of the earth and have our works be tested and thrown in the fire. It’s not fire and brimstone preaching. It’s the truth.
The Bride of Christ will always be imperfect until the day Christ returns because it is made up of imperfect people with struggles and challenges and flaws. But, I think it’s time that people drop the “angry mob” mentality and start seeking the truth: without the cross of Christ the Bible and the world in its entire would be a very, VERY dark place.
Let’s go be lights for Jesus, my friends. They will know that we are Christians by our love for one another.