It’s sadder that children were used as pawns in a culture war. Those who opposed World Vision ordered conservatives to withdraw their support, thus rescinding sponsorship of children. Those in support of World Vision rallied the troops, raised funds and rushed to sponsor children. Did anybody actually consider the children?
It’s sad that over 1,000 World Vision U.S. employees have had the rules changed on them twice in as many days. Whether for or against the original decision to allow same-sex marriages, the emotional toil will be unrecoverable for some.
It’s sadder that for one brief moment, the LGBT community might have, possibly, dreamed of a new conversation with evangelicals. But now, that hope will be dashed, most likely causing mistrust, scepticism and irreparable damage.
It’s sad that Christian churches embrace secular, irreligious and unholy practices every Sunday morning in an attempt to attract new followers, without giving the use of such practices the slightest hint of theological consideration or scrutiny.
It’s sadder that, when it comes to real people, many churches and leaders react to those whom they don’t agree with or understand with lightening quick condemnation, labeling them as profane and hastily posturing themselves and their organizations as orthodox and theologically infallible.
It’s sad that the conversation with the LGBT community just got set back by years, if not decades.
It’s sadder that evangelicals will continue to fight, skirmish and dismiss each other, all along leaving a wake of theological arrogance and destruction behind them.
It’s sad that well-known high-level Christian leaders argue about the orthodoxy of homosexuality—on either side of the argument—using the worst of biblical studies practices, prooftexting to find a conclusion that is already predetermined while casually throwing a reference in about the true “gospel.”
It’s sadder that orthodoxy is presumed to be timeless and universal, devoid of context, place and time, without the chance of review, or revision, or conversation.
Whether for or against World Vision, the Southern Baptists, Franklin Graham, the LGBT community or whatever, be sure of this: it's a sad day, and a sadder day than yesterday. Lord, have mercy.