A few years ago some people I respect posted some comments about the Salvation Army and what some people have seen as anti-LGBTQ positions. I saw a couple like this already this season. They say find a different group to give to- don't support the discriminatory Salvation Army.
Since I am a dedicated liberal and left-wing Christian who supports LGBTQ ideas and equality, I stopped for a moment. I pondered the post and ended up with the same opinion I have always held.
The Salvation Army is an organization that has done incredible works. I know of their caring and supportive work here in Rochester and many other places.
- Are there people in the Salvation Army who have acted irresponsibly in some settings? Probably.
- Is this a more conservative Christian organization? Yes.
- Do I agree with their whole theology? Probably not.
- Does that matter at this point? I don't think so.
So, yes, as a committed liberal I am committing heresy. But as I rang the bell and people put their contributions in the bucket, I remembered these good acts of God that the SA does- food, dental and health care, addiction treatment, housing. I was then reminded as I was writing this from a post on Facebook from author Paulo Coehlo:
The world is changed by your example, not your opinion.The overwhelming "example" of the Salvation Army, their actions day-in and day-out are changing the world.
(Plus, I wondered, how many of those who advocated boycotting SA did actually give to other organizations? Just wondering. I hope they did.)