Only days after a prominent Christian charity announced that it would change its policy and hire Christians who are in same-sex marriages, World Vision today reversed itself, calling the decision a mistake.
“In our board’s effort to unite around the church’s shared mission to serve the poor in the name of Christ, we failed to be consistent with our commitment to the traditional understanding of Biblical marriage and our own Statement of Faith,” President Richard Stearns said in a letter today.
“We are brokenhearted over the pain and confusion we have caused many of our friends, who saw this decision as a reversal of our strong commitment to Biblical authority.”
Calling gay marriage one of the stormiest issues that has divided denominations, congregations and families, Stearns had said the Federal Way-based organization “wanted to prevent this divisive issue from tearing World Vision apart. The board of the international aid organization had reached the decision after years of prayers, he said.
In the letter to employees, he said, “While we stand firmly on the biblical view of marriage, we strongly affirm that all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, are created by God and are to be loved and treated with dignity and respect.”
World Vision is the largest global Christian relief organization, with more than 40,000 employees in 100 countries, including about 1,200 in the U.S.