Expel the Wicked from Among You

So with all this turmoil with World Vision and their code of conduct allowing and then not allowing LGBT, it brought up something that, to me, the church has really ignored; gluttony. I am ashamed that World Vision has no provision in their hiring practices to prevent a glutton from serving in their organization. World vision needs to have a code that doesn’t allow people who are overweight to work for them. The bible clearly condemns gluttony, never once do you ever read an affirmation of stuffing your body and overflowing with excess. The bible does not mince words;

“Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.” Phil. 3:19

Ehud slaying the fat king Eglon.
Ehud slaying the fat king Eglon.

In fact the bible  talks about how your body is a temple  and that taking good care of it is important (1 Cor. 3:16-17). If World Vision allows overweight people to work for them, they are basically affirming a harmful culture of excess, and in an organization whose purpose is in part to feed the hungry! Not only that, but seeing overweight people in the workplace will only make it seem more acceptable for others to be the same, subtly changing the culture to one that finds something the bible is clearly against, as acceptable!

“Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.” Prov. 23:20-21.

Me, obviously fit, healthy,  and non gluttonous.
Me, obviously fit, healthy, and non-gluttonous.

I have never struggled with gluttony, and we all have our own struggles. However to blatantly allow such an obvious acceptance of sin in a Christian organization is completely disgusting. Until World Vision changes its conduct and does not allow people living a gluttonous sinful lifestyle to work for them, I can’t in good conscience support them in any way. “’Expel the wicked from among you.’” 1Cor. 5:13

And if you are a Christian who struggles with gluttony, please get help. There are many loving organizations to help you become a healthy, whole individual again.

 

*If this post made you feel gross and upset, that’s a good sign! This is a satire, no one should ever be attacked or shamed in any way, especially in the way this post does. However this is the exact same rhetoric that the church uses about LGBT people. Be careful the words you say and where your beliefs lead.

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2 thoughts on “Expel the Wicked from Among You

  1. I agree, but not fully. Let me explain. I do think that any Christian organization should do its best to address sinful conduct amongst its workers. 1st: all sin is equal in God’s eyes, 2nd: we are saved by grace and not by works. As long as we can agree on those two points, let’s move on to society and culture and the church. The church from my view is as a whole broken, impotent and strongly influenced by the world. There is much that needs to be addressed ,but picking fine points won’t change things. We need to love each other and live like it. To love is to act…give, care, lend a hand…everyone should be allowed to do that no matter the thorn in our side.

    1. Thanks Jesse, that seems wise to me, it’s the actual implementation where I think things get complicated. While I know many evangelicals didn’t realize it, their reaction to World Vision was as offensive to many Christian LGBT folk as this post would be to someone who didn’t know it was a satire; it screamed , “WE DON”T WANT YOU!” Which I felt, was the opposite of Christ.

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