February 17, 2014 28 Comments
(And please know that I ask myself this same question.)
Two questions, actually.
Two questions that could revolutionize the world.
A question that could shout volumes to the planet of God’s love.
And here’s the first question:
Why are our orphanages so full?
The way I see it is, the fuller the pews are, the emptier the orphanages ought to be.
Doesn’t that just make sense?
Here’s the second question:
It’s a bit more personal.
The last question was directed at the universal Church.
This one’s directed at you. And me. And my wife. And my neighbors. And my brothers and sisters in Christ.
Okay, so here it is:
It’s a scenario, really.
Suppose you received a text message from an unknown sender.
And it said
THERE IS A NEWBORN IN A DUMPSTER SOMEWHERE WITHIN A SIX-MILE RADIUS OF WHERE YOU LIVE.
FIND HIM. SAVE HIM.
Would you not call all your neighbors and friends and family to comb the entire neighborhood, day in and day out, until you found him?
Would you not be dumpster diving in every dark alley?
Folks, there are babies and kids dumped in the orphanages and the hospital every day.
When Sarabeth and I were visiting our Baby A. in the hospital last week, there was a premature baby tucked in the back of the room all that time, crying.
And no one, that we saw, ever came to visit him.
A newborn left to his own devises in this great big, cruel world.
Our social worker told us that she was on the very brink of calling us the day we brought Baby A. home because, for the life of her, she could find no one to accept the placement of another little boy who needed a home.
But she didn’t want to overwhelm us with two newborns in one day.
The title of this post is, “Churches, Why Have We Not Yet United?”
I think it’s possible, and necessary, for churches to finally come together and encourage, no - admonish, implore – their members to go out and adopt the local orphans and unwanted children.
We observe Orphan Sunday.
That’s great to name a Sunday after those we’re to care for. But what’s the point if we’re not all going to go out and care for these orphans?
It’s like celebrating Christmas paying no mind to Christ. Or uttering no one word of thanks on Easter.
Or eating pretend food at dinner, Neverland style.
If you smell a universal Chruch-wide calling in the air, if you’re wondering the same things I’m wondering (like why aren’t we as a whole taking this calling seriously), please forward this post on to your pastors, your elders, your deacons, your Bible study groups.
Let’s start something here.
Let’s start a revolution in the name of God.
Let’s flood our country’s orphanages with not only the love, but the presence of believers everywhere, and wash those children into our homes.
Our imperfect, flawed, loving, caring, warm, welcoming, Christ-centered homes.
And change their lives – and the world – to be a little bit more like what God had intended.
If you are interested in joining me in getting the word out to churches everywhere, or if you would like your church to be involved in this, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include your church status as a church employee or member,
and please include your name of the church you’re apart of, with their website address, and tell me the city and state.
One last thing, please share your interest in orphan care, by choosing one of the following:
a) I’ve not given it much thought until I read this post
b) I’ve always wanted to be involved, but just didn’t know where to start
c) I’ve adopted/fostered, and would like to educate others about the process
d) I’ve wanted to see something like this happen for a long time – Let’s do it!
Let’s get something started.