Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Orphans Aren't Convenient

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"As you look upon these images and hear these words, I hope you are filled with a desire to act. I hope the pictures burn into your soul, and you hear the cry of the orphan." (Post from Ransom for Israel).

Orphan care is not picture perfect. Providing 24/7 care to children who can give nothing back is not a hobby. Parenting kids with the baggage of 16 years in an orphanage is not something we do for "fun" or "just because we want to."

It is a command.

James 1:27. Psalm 68:8. Proverbs 31:8-9. The Bible makes it clear that Christians are to care for the orphan. So tonight, as you read this post, I hope you are moved to do something--not sit and wait for someone else. I hope the pictures burn into your soul--and that you cannot live with ignoring the reality outside your door. I pray you hear the cry of the orphan--and that you do not turn away.

Nineteen years ago my parents made the decision to bring me home from Russia. My mom promised she would pour her life into her new daughter. It is one thing to talk about sacrifice. It is another to live it, day in and day out. Yet when Christ called his disciples, he said "Pick up your cross and follow Me."

Caring for the Least of These means carrying the Cross with you every single day. If you have to carry a cross with you, that means other things in your life have to be moved...or left behind. Maybe we don't want to make that uncomfortable commitment. It means giving up our lives of relative ease and convenience. It's not convenient to change diapers at 3 am. It's not convenient to sit and feed a twelve year old with a spoon, because the neglect they suffered in an orphanage has left them unable to do the most basic tasks by themselves.

In fact, orphans aren't convenient.  

They challenge us to look outside our own lives. Caring for an orphan means less time to do the things you want. It means worrying about children you have never even met. Not only this--but James 1:27 tells us that caring for orphans means doing something. As Christians, it is our responsibility not only to pray and advocate but to bring these children into our home.

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith, but does not have works? Can such faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food,  and one of you says to them, “Go in shalom, keep warm and well fed,” but you do not give them what the body needs, what good is that?  So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead by itself.
James 2:14-17 
Loving an orphan will flip your life upside down. But as the quote at the time of this page says, the ultimate measure of a man is not where we stand when we are living our lives of ease, with nothing to inconvenience us. The measure of man is where we stand when we are challenged.

Orphan care isn't easy to do--but the choice stands right in front of us.

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