On Monday night, Russell Moore posted the following on Twitter:
147 million orphans are out there tonight. 147 million.
Where are you?
It’s a provocative challenge, isn’t it? 147 million children without a mom and dad.
I think about my two year old girl sleeping in the other room, and I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like for her to not have her parents, and it breaks my heart to even try.
Something Emily and I decided to do a few years ago was adopt; after we saw how the foster system affected our extended family, we knew it was something we wanted to do. And after we became Christians, that desire as we read and began to understand passages like James 1:27, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” For us, it was really encouraging to see throughout Scripture how God shows how much He cares for those who desperately need it. And so we want to do the same.
Now, here’s what I’m not doing: I’m not pointing my finger at anyone and saying “You’re not doing enough!”
I’m also not saying that everyone who is a Christian should adopt. But, maybe some of us should.
Maybe we need to open our homes to children living in the foster system and be a family—even for a few weeks—to a boy or girl who needs one.
Maybe we need to sponsor a child with Compassion, and provide an opportunity to have his or her life transformed by the gospel, as the church proclaims it in word and deed.
Maybe we need to volunteer with an after-school program in our community and be a positive voice in a child’s life.
There are so many things we can do. And there are a lot of who are doing these things, to the glory of God. In an act of obedience, an act of worship, they’re reaching out to care for those who are in need. Regardless of our feelings on social justice, it is a fruit of the gospel. It is a part of living out our faith. A part we’d all be wise not to ignore.
“[B]e doers of the word, and not hearers only,” James tells us.
How will we respond today?