For Benjamin Moberg the reversal of World Vision’s decision to employ gay and lesbian Christians, has a personal impact I can only begin to imagine.

The honesty and faithfulness of Moberg’s struggle with the board of World Vision are powerful and moving. As he articulates his response, he bears testimony to a Christian faith I am not sure I have yet seen in those who chose to withdraw financial support from impoverished children because of they have a theological problem with people who find themselves drawn to same-gender relationships.

Moberg gives a beautiful witness to the process of forgiveness at works in his life when he writes,

I am not ready to forgive those that held starving children as ransom because of who I am and I am not ready to forgive Richard Stearns for this profoundly deep betrayal. I am not ready to forgive either of them for the devastating message they have sent to gay children everywhere.

But I can do grace. I can reach into the deep pockets of all that I have left and let it be a balm on my heart, let it tend to me until that moment comes when, as Anne Lamott says, “it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back.” I can give and give and give even as I’m pissed off and hurt because although they don’t deserve this, neither do I.

And my rage isn’t wrong, because this isn’t right. And so I will channel it all into doing my job here as a blogger, as a believer, loving gay kids and talking about the Jesus that wouldn’t change them for the world.

And though a Christian nonprofit embracing me, if just for a moment, is quite an event of subversion, I know in my own little world, the most radical act I can take is to say this: Yes, I love Jesus, too, and you’re my brother, and the Love of God makes us both enough. It might be offensive to you, infuriating perhaps, it might even tempt you into dropping a kid off the face of the earth and blame it on me, but here’s the truth:

My chains are gone. I’ve been set free. My God my savior, has ransomed me.

And like a flood, his mercy reigns, unending love, amazing grace.

http://www.registeredrunaway.com/2014/03/27/when-world-vision-drops-me/

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In the comment section of this post, Moberg receives a word of affirmation from Rachel Held Evans, to whom he responds with the provocative suggestion that this World Vision fiasco may prove to be a “tipping point” in evangelicalism.

Rachel Held Evans • 2 days ago

This may sound a little weird, and I’m not sure how to express it right…but you have been an important leader to me over the past few days, Ben. I am profoundly, exceedingly grateful. Thank you for the graciousness and wisdom you have shown. You gave me hope when I was all but out.

Benjamin Moberg Mod Rachel Held Evans • a day ago

Rachel, that means so much and doesn’t sound weird! It is incredibly hard moving forward, I think your post on the reversal summed up well the reality of things. This was a tipping point. And it’s tragic. And none of us really know what to do now that it’s clear how over things are. No matter what, and I know this sounds flowery, but we have to look to Jesus, for hope and direction and grace. It is literally the only thing I’m capable of right now.

It is always hard to recognize a “tipping point” when one is in the midst of it. But, may it be that out of the ashes of World Vision’s initial courage, may emerge hope and new vision for Christian faith.

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Even without recent events around World Vision, David Harris-Gershon believes that evangelicalism has reached a watershed in North America.

What we are seeing right now are the last gasps of religious fundamentalism and its normative influence on the national stage. Just as an individual on his deathbed experiences a momentary flurry of energy and clarity before descending into his final end, we are witnessing the religious right’s final flailing on the national stage. 

http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/02/25/those-sounds-you-hear-they-are-the-death-pangs-of-the-religious-right/