Yesterday, after many of those who sponsored children through World Vision withdrew their support, World Vision reversed the decision. According to a subsequent report in Christianity Today, the organization recognized that, in attempting to promote unity, they actually created great division by deviating from Scripture's mandate of heterosexual marriage.
My purpose just now isn't to speculate on whether or not money motivated World Vision's change of policy. I sincerely pray that they repented in honest submission to Biblical teaching. Of course, it all begs the question of why they violated that Biblical teaching in the first place. What sort of Christian "unity" necessitates the bending of God's Word in order to accommodate a growing trend in more liberal groups of professing Christians?
True Christian unity gravitates toward sound Biblical teaching, not popular consensus. Sadly, World Vision appears to have made both their initial decision and its subsequent reversal by putting its proverbial moistened finger to the wind to see which way it blows. But even more sadly, an increasing number of church governing boards have fallen into the same method for determining their understanding of God's Word.
This practice elevates human subjectivity over Scriptural authority. Human consensus often distorts truth through the grid of political correctness when it ought to recognize God's Word as the measuring rod for truth. When Christians bow to the New Testament as our "rule of faith and practice," particularly when doing so flies in the face of popular opinion, we actually move into true unity with each other and with the Lord by willingly submitting to His authority.
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. ~~Ephesians 4:11-16 (ESV)