On The Wrong Side of History
by Dawn W
I do my best to keep silent when controversy hits the fan. I really do. Do not let the fact that I often speak out make you think I am not trying to remain quiet and calm. I try. Then I think of all the people who wish they could say something; who desperately want to shout from the rooftops but can’t. To do so would risk their families, their jobs, sometimes even their well-being. They cannot speak up. So I cannot be silent.
Most, if not all of you, have heard by now about WorldVision’s recent decision(s). Originally, the organization announced it had changed the employment contract for their American offices and would now hire individuals that were in same-sex marriages. A huge cheer went up from the crowd of LGBQI supporters. This was a step in the right direction. This was a Christian organization recognizing the value and personhood of everyone, regardless of orientation.
This was an organization that got its ass handed to them. Seriously. The evangelical blogosphere went completely crazy. People started canceling their sponsorships of children. WorldVision was taken to task for going against Biblical authority and for encouraging immorality. To paraphrase one person’s statements, “I would rather a child starve than them be served by a gay person.”
Seriously? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?! You are so convinced that homosexual individuals are so terribly repugnant that they aren’t even worthy to feed starving children? (Feeding the hungry, by the way, is the work of Christ. It’s kind of His thing.) Some people argued against this idea, saying that there’s no stipulation that liars/cheaters/gluttons, etc can’t serve.
I don’t support that argument because that puts homosexual activity with sins. If you want to equate homosexuality to something, why not pick hair or eye color? Something that we are born with; that occurs naturally. If gay people can’t serve, does that mean blondes can’t either? Oh, wait…that seems silly. That’s because it is. Service comes from the heart and has nothing to do with biology.
So, conservative Christians the world over got loud and ugly. WorldVision then reversed its decision, asking for forgiveness for abandoning the Biblical construct. Conservatives cheered and the LGBTQI community was dumbfounded. As for me? I was embarrassed to be an American Christian. We get things wrong so, so often. While it is okay to make mistakes, it is not okay to insinuate that people are less than. Every single human being on this planet is made in the image of God. We all matter. YOU MATTER.
To those members of the LGBTQI community who may be feeling betrayed or attacked or any other number of horrible things: I’m sorry. Don’t judge Christ by the Christians. Jesus was a man who dined with tax collectors and prostitutes and everyone else polite religious society hated. In an age of patriarchy, the first people He appeared to after the resurrection were women. We are all unworthy and yet He invites us all to His table. There are those of us waiting with you and praying that the church will soon be on the right side of history. If the church will not let you in, we will bring the table to you. Let’s have a picnic. It sounds better that way anyway.