The dust hasn’t settled on World Vision’s recent controversial policy change that it then quickly reversed, as observers are calling for changes.
World Vision, headed by Richard Stearns, announced on Monday (March 24) what it described as a “very narrow policy change” allowing it to employ “gay Christians” who were married in states where it’s legal. Reaction was swift as Christian groups bombarded the WV board with objections, stating the humanitarian aid group had deeply damaged its credibility. Within two days, following an emergency meeting, the World Vision board reversed the policy, labeling it a “mistake.”
Dr. Don Boys of CSTNews.com, a preacher and educator, has written that he expects “corporate heads will roll within a few days” at World Vision.
“I think that Stearns should go; I think he will go,” he says. “But I think all the members who voted for that position [on hiring homosexuals] should be removed from their positions – because it’s not just a mistake or a misspeaking; they planned this.” Several Christian leaders and groups took that same position last week.
And while Boys strongly supports forgiveness, he has doubts in this situation that World Vision should be trusted.
“Obviously they can’t be trusted. Okay, we’ll forgive them. But if a child molester trusts Christ as Savior and his life is transformed – of course we forgive them,” he explains. “But we don’t put them in charge of a [children’s] Sunday school class. You just don’t do that. You’ve got to be realistic.”
Boys said he actually stopped trusting World Vision 15 to 20 years ago when the organization stopped evangelizing. He says after it started in 1950 with a focus on spreading the gospel, World Vision “drifted away from evangelism to international welfare to qualify for federal funds.”
According to Boys’ column last week, 18 to 33 percent of the one-billion dollars World Vision raised last year was from the U.S. government.
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