Most individuals who claim to follow Christ would say that their faith requires action. One doesn’t have to read far into the Bible to find commandments and teaching and admonishing about how to live as a Christ-follower. And as I wrote in my Mitzvot blog, as I read the Bible, I see clear commandments to provide for the poor, reach out to the foreigners, and care for the widows and the orphans.
I was taught for a season in church and youth group growing up that God was talking about the “spiritually poor” and the “spiritually orphaned”, but as I come to read scriptures, God is practical. God cares about kiddos who don’t have parents. These two passages are examples: James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” And Isaiah 1:17 says, “ Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” If you aren’t sold on this, dig into the Bible on your own and see what conclusions you find.
As a Christian, I can’t help but think that the Church has largely ignored the call to care for orphans. There are churches and communities and individuals who are taking up the cause of the fatherless (tune in for Part 3 on Friday), but if you aren’t an individual, or part of a community that is taking on adoption, should you be?
I realize that this is a challenging, hot button, hit close to home topic. My husband and I haven’t fostered or adopted children (yet), so I certainly can’t speak as an expert or one who has gone before. I can, however, talk about the need that I see daily in the American foster care system. And I can talk about the 163 million kiddos who are orphaned around the world. And then I can connect the dots.
I say that I believe in a God who has made the ultimate sacrifice to adopt me into His family. That same God calls me to reach out and care for orphans. There are orphans who need love… Well now what?
Before you close your laptop, check out this video (grab some tissues first):
Will you join me as I pray for these dear children? Will you join me in seeking God about whether you are called to foster or adopt, or whether you are called to support (financially, respite, prayer…) others who feel called to do this?