Thursday, September 13, 2007

A Command

I often wonder at the apparent apathy towards adoption within the church as a whole. I’ve never heard a sermon on this topic or heard a pastor publicly encourage church member to consider adoption. That’s not to say that churches aren’t supportive of a family adopting but rather to point out that it seems the general attitude is that it's nice for that family. (I am happily aware that not all churches fall in this category.)

The Bible clearly states that as believers we are to care for orphans. Therefore the church and individuals within the church should be actively seeking ways to fulfill this command. Now, I’m not saying that everyone has to adopt but how about being foster parents or respite foster parents, or volunteering for a Crisis Pregnancy Center, girl’s home, or Big Brother/Sister organization? Giving to CPC’s, adoption agencies, adoptive families, or child sponsorship ministries are perhaps other ways of applying this command but too often, this can be an "easy way out" when in reality active involvement may be what God requires of you.

Please consider how God is calling you to fulfill this non-optional command. It may take you out of your comfort zone but I would contend that maybe that isn’t such a bad thing. :)

1 comment:

Karen said...

I totally agree with you. I've been a Big Sister to my little for almost 10 years. She's going through a lot right now (long story) but I'm glad I can be there to help where I can. She's also very supportive of my becoming a mother through adoption.