fatwombat wrote:That's an excellent article Oli, full marks for your research. I would say that this article supports my description of it, I've extracted some quotes below (with the page number).
If you guys think "Christian organisation" is a good thing, that's terrific, we're all on the same page - I think WV is great, and I believe that Christian values can make a better society. But sadly, in a lot of places I've worked, "Christian organisation" was almost a euphemism for "American spy network" or "Western cultural imperialist propaganda organisation". And sadly, that was pretty true for many of the organisations that liked to define themselves primarily as "Christian organisation".P2
The Problem of Careerism
Given their mainstream credibility and ecumenical outlook, some have questioned whether World Vision's passion for Christ has been diluted. These concerns are difficult to address, considering the 22,000 staff and great local variations from country to country (or even within countries).
One Asian church leader told me that in his country, "they are so large and their salaries are so much higher than those of [other] Christian organizations that many of the staff—I would say the majority—are there for the money." World Vision pays employees reasonable local salaries, which may mean paying better than the local church. Friction comes when talented people leave other Christian work to join World Vision.
Hirsch says the organization often takes on young professionals who "love Jesus but don't know the Bible." They come from a wide variety of traditions, from Pentecostal to Orthodox, which complicates the task of helping them to grow. They have different vocabularies of faith, from glossolalia to incense.
A cluster meeting convenes in a church: tin roof, cement floor, simple aqua-painted benches. The group is called Mayatima, or "orphans." Though they meet in a church, and most of them probably belong to a church, the group is not based on faith. Rather, it is open to anyone concerned for children affected by AIDS.
Bob Pierce could have said that. But World Vision operates on a wider field than Pierce dreamed of, with a far more diverse set of partners. Its ethos is ecumenical, pragmatic, professional, and utterly confident, whether interacting with the church or with government. Other Christian relief and development organizations are undoubtedly similar, but none operates on this scale or with this level of influence.
World Vision has become one of the largest Christian organizations in the world
I don't think World Vision is a bible-based organisation.
istepinyards wrote:Even I thought I was wrong once. It turns out I was just mistaken but the same principles apply here
znomit wrote:Was a while ago but I'm sure when we were forced to do this at school we were constantly reminded of Jebus and his 40 day weight loss plan.
Heres another that I would love to hand some of my hard earned cash to but wont
bubbaa wrote:My vote - FW wrong - clearly is a Christian organisation. However I have to agree that there is a vast variety of Christians out there some of who are fundy wankers and some of whoom are very cool people who do good shit and don't preach. fair enough - But FW you do have to admit the evidence presented is fairly clear that WV is a christian based organisation - it almost seems that paradoxically you are saying it isn't christian because it does good stuff!.