Target: World Vision President Richard Stearns
Goal: Applaud decision to employ LGBTQ individuals at World Vision United States
World Vision United States, a Christian humanitarian and advocacy program, recently changed its policies to permit gay Christians in legal same-sex marriages to be employed at the organization, in addition to any unmarried LGBTQ individuals who abide by the organization’s policies on chastity. Applaud this decision and thank World Vision for its inclusive decision.
By allowing same-sex married couples to be employed, World Vision sends the important message to other Christian groups that sexual orientation is not a prerequisite for philanthropic service. For those who wish to serve at a Christian workplace that provides emergency relief, education, health care, and economic development to countries in need, World Vision is the one for them; but for too long, gay individuals and couples have been denied the right to serve in such religiously affiliated workforces because the Church openly opposes their sexual behavior.
World Vision will not hire employees if they are not professed Christians, and the organization is permitted to terminate employees that disagree with its theological tenets. Thankfully, an individual’s sexual orientation alone will no longer play a part in the hiring process, a policy that should be enacted in every company.
World Vision President, Richard Stearns, explained that “we have not endorsed same-sex marriage, but we have chosen to defer to the authority of local churches on this issue.” He added the decision was “symbolic not of compromise but of [Christian] unity.”
These carefully chosen words illustrate the reality that an individual, and even a large organization, can disagree with homosexuality for moral or religious reasons without infringing on the rights of others. Though some Christians may contest homosexuality, their personal beliefs should not stop another person from being employed. Still, homophobic sponsors will likely continue to withdraw their support from the group at the expense of those in need. As expected, the policy change outraged some World Vision sponsors, many of whom threatened to withdraw their funding for food, clothing, water, and shelter to children aided by the organization. That World Vision is sticking with its decision to support and employ LGBTQ individuals even as it loses sponsors speaks to the compassion of the organization and will be very impactful on other organizations who are considering similar decisions.
Applaud President Richard Stearns for World Vision’s inclusive policies and thank him for employing all people who wish to serve in its organization, regardless of sexual orientation.
Dear World Vision President Richard Stearns,
World Vision recently changed its policies to employ LGBTQ individuals and same-sex married couples as long as they abide by chastity within marriage and abstinence outside it. This inclusive new policy is a giant leap forward in the fight against workplace discrimination. I would like to thank your organization for including LGBTQ individuals and couples that wish to serve through World Vision. Your decision has shown that while Christians may individually disagree with homosexual behavior for religious or moral reasons, their opinions should not prevent gay people from being employed.
Thank you for encouraging American organizations to give equal rights and opportunities to employees in the workplace.
[Your Name Here]
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