World Vision's big boo-boo...

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About World Vision, I'm sorry for what I wrote before. This matter deserved something more than snarkiness, and for that I apologize. I've pulled the former content off this post. So now, here's something I hope is more helpful:

I have never given any money to World Vision and I'd recommend against any of our readers giving them money. They are a hugely wealthy business and that's how you should think about them. Their marketing is as sophisticated as Apple's, although their product is slightly different. Instead of "Think Differently," it's "Feel Globally Compassionate."

But compassion should never be global. Normally, it should be personal, but not pseudo-personal through a marketing machine. Personal-personal. Like in adoption. I could go on about this, but time and priorities cause me to leave it with that. It's a trajectory of thought that many of you would do well to follow, though.

Beyond  the issue of the nature of Christian compassion and service, I would never give money to World Vision because it's hugely rich; it's richly huge and it's my conviction what's rich and huge in America is never ever godly. It may be Evangelical. It may have IRS non-profit status. But it's not at all godly. Which is to say Godliness—true Godliness—doesn't sell in America, let alone selling as supremely well as World Vision has sold for several generations, now.

Beyond the issues of the nature of Christian compassion and service and World Vision's all-American Evangelical success, there's the issue of exporting America's sins. For instance, ask yourself whether you believe in empowering women?

Of course you do. You're a Christian and Christians have always been leading the rest of the world in that uniquely Christian revolution of the empowerment of women...

From faith in Jesus Christ, we have rescued girl-babies from the river banks of China and young girls from temple prostitution in India and slave women from the clutches of their plantation master and single mothers from poverty and wives from being beaten by their husbands and older single women and widows from invisibility in the congregation and... You get the point. But having said this is not to say that we trust a hugely successful California American Evangelical business to use our money to empower women today because what they mean by empowering women and what Scripture defines as empowering women are radically different. Actually, radically opposed.

Rich and big California Evangelicalism is going to empower women by exporting contraceptives, for instance, and such a thing has never been heard of before across all Christian history. So how have we gotten to the point that we believe Christians should give hundreds of millions of dollars to a mega-business that exports our wicked American Evangelical contraceptive mentality?

Wake up, people. Jesus didn't love the poor by condescendingly explaining to them how they could do a better job spacing their children. Neither should we. That is not compassion. It's paternalism. Or actually, today we might better call it "maternalism" since leadership in American Evangelicalism today is no longer male, but female.

It's neocolonialism. Instead of stealing other nations' natural resources, we steal their mothers' wombs.

I could go on, but I hope this is sufficient. In matters of Christian compassion and love, smaller is better. Local is better. Through indigenous churches is better. And so on.

Speaking of Africa, most so-called "aid" is utterly destructive. Aid organizations like UNICEF and World Vision are the problem, not the solution and certainly not the Christian solution.

So when World Vision announces that it's giving itself to the homosexualist agenda, this is of a fabric with who World Vision is and has been for decades. It's a hugely successful and wealthy American Evangelical business where naive people spend their money for all the usual reasons naive people spend their money. World Vision's reversal of its decision is only its attempt to mollify naive consumers who haven't yet been brought to the point where they understand why homosexual marriage too, like contraception, is Christian compassion.

 

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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