To all the whitewashed sepulchres out there….

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.”

Matthew 23:27 (NIV)

This post is directed at my fellow Christians, specifically evangelicals. All heathens, pagans, and atheists can disregard or just watch from the sidelines. But I need to get this off my chest, because I can’t see straight right now.

I am torqued twice over about the World Vision retreat on inclusion of LGBT persons in legal marriages.

First, because some evangelicals believe ideological purity is more important than feeding and clothing real children, and second because World Vision beat a hasty retreat in the face of criticism and the potential loss of sponsorship. If World Vision wasn’t ready to stand by its decision to include LGBT individuals in legally recognized marriages in its staff, it should never have made the announcement in the first place.

But it’s my fellow evangelicals I’m really mad at. Those of you who think it proper to pull sponsorship from World Vision over this issue, this is what I have to say to you– you are white-washed sepulchres, you are hypocrites, you are the worst and most self-satisfied species of Pharisee. How dare you deny innocent children what they need to live because you disapprove of some of the hands through which it passes?

Sojourners ran a good article in response (although many of the comments by readers betray just the attitude I’m ranting against). The writer sums up the counter-argument very well, in my opinion– read the article.

Here’s my position– I will continue to sponsor a child through World Vision, despite their caving to political pressure masquerading as the Gospel. It’s the children who are important. And somebody needs to take up the slack for alleged Christians who are too “holy” to be of any use to God.

Reconsider and repent.


10 thoughts on “To all the whitewashed sepulchres out there….”

  1. If they were drowning or trapped in a house on fire, would they stop and ask their rescuers if they were LGBT persons? I think not! “The Pharisee stood and was praying this to himself: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector… But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner”

    1. I think you made your points well, and with considerably less heat than I did. I lost my temper, but I am so very tired of people who define the Gospel in ways that deny the clear call of Christ to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. You expressed it better. Thanks for reading.

      1. Well, you asked the pertinent question I did not, in my haste– “If Christ were here how would He have responded?” Which kind of gets to the heart of the matter.

  2. good job. the ‘all or nothing’ crowd on both sides of issues like these is irksome. its the same problem with government–important things need to get done, but since people can’t get all their way on everything, they don’t participate. society is moving toward the permanent display of irrational behavior.

    1. Thanks, Jamie– an excellent point, as usual.

      It seems to me some folks have a slightly different version of Mary Englebreit’s advice in mind– instead of “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it”, it’s “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, burn it down.”

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