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Evangelicals are the new internationalists

"Evangelicals have become the new internationalists, pushing successfully for new American programs against AIDS and malaria, and doing superb work on issues from human trafficking in India to mass rape in Congo," wrote columnist Nicholas Kristof. But that hasn't always been the case. Richard Stearns, the head of World Vision, the largest U.S.-based international relief and development organization, says that evangelicals used to be so focused on sexual morality, citing Old Testament passages about the destruction of the city of Sodom, that they ignored the needy. But in his book, "The Hole in Our Gospel," Stearns notes how the prophet Ezekiel said the sin of the people of Sodom was they were "arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy" (Ezekiel 16:49).