I finally figured out why I’m so upset with the whole World Vision fiasco.
I’m just about disgusted that anyone purporting to be a follower of Christ would pull their sponsorship of a child based on the actions of the organization that’s helping them support that child. And make no mistake about it: if you pull your donation from World Vision, you are directly affecting a real person. Someone who has come to rely on your money won’t get it anymore, and they did nothing to make you change your mind.
Don’t tell me that World Vision made you stop helping a child. You decided not to write that check. You decided to stop helping that child. You did. In your actions, you’re no better than the priest or the Levite in Luke 10.
I dare anyone who pulled their sponsorship to write their child and say, “Sorry, but I’m not sending you any more money because I disagree with something World Vision did.”
When you write that letter, be sure to include some Bible quotations to make it sound better, like Matthew 22:35–40.
35 And one of them, an expert in religious law, asked him a question to test him: 36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
That obviously justifies your actions, doesn’t it?
Or you could cite the “Golden Rule,” where it says do unto others
before as they have done as you would want them to treat you. (Matthew 7:12).
Jesus didn’t tell us to love the neighbors because we agreed with someone’s politics. He told us to love our neighbors. Unconditionally.