Michael Brown, a Christian convert (from Judaism), is another anti-gay ranter on the fringe of society. I rarely write about Brown. There are more important things to consider than what Brown or, for that matter, Matt Barber or Porno Pete LaBarbera “think,” if indeed they think at all. Brown is better educated than Barber of LaBarbera but he is part of the same operatic chorus, taking the zero sum approach that what is good for gays is bad for Christianity. Brown is just better educated than most of the Christianist whack jobs.
World Vision, a $2 billion Christian charity, has announced that they will not discriminate in the employment of gays who are married. According to the charity they have employees from more than 50 denominations and some of these sanction same-sex marriage.
That has unleashed a torrent of outrage from the extreme Christian Right. Brown joins in with:
What? World Vision redefines the nature of marriage—the most fundamental institution of society, ordained by God in Genesis 2 as the lifelong union of a man and a woman and reaffirmed by Jesus as such in Matthew 19—and ignores the explicit and repeated condemnation of homosexual practice throughout the Scriptures and then claims it is a “very narrow policy change”?
What? World Vision mocks the sentiments, convictions and sensibilities of countless thousands of its Christian constituents, rejects the historic testimony of virtually all branches of Christianity, decides to take a terribly controversial stand on the most socially divisive issue of the day, and then claims that this is “symbolic not of compromise but of [Christian] unity”?
Calm down Mr. Brown. You would think that the CEO of World Vision is getting gay married. Without endorsing marriage equality, they have only said that they will not engage in employment discrimination and that they will accommodate the beliefs of all Christian denominations. Burt what really drives Brown off the wall is the fact that World Vision isn’t doing this under duress:
[World Vision CEO] Stearns states, “We’re not caving to some kind of pressure. We’re not on
some slippery slope. There is no lawsuit threatening us. There is no
employee group lobbying us. This is not us compromising. It is us
deferring to the authority of churches and denominations on theological
issues. We’re an operational arm of the global church, we’re not a
theological arm of the church.”
No slippery slope? No compromise? By sanctioning homosexual
relationships, World Vision is “deferring to the authority of churches
and denominations on theological issues”?
Worst of all, World Vision did not make this decision under duress or pressure, making their decision all the more inexcusable.
Mr. Brown will never accept the simple fact that marriage equality has come to America. It doesn’t require his approval. Nor, for that matter, do religious organizations require his consent to provide employment free of discrimination. Mr. Brown has been effectively marginalized.