I read a recent article that says there are an estimated 115,000 children in America that are orphans and 65 million evangelical Christians. That is one child for each 565 evangelical Christians in America. Why is this? If “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” (James 1:27) Then why are we not practicing this more?
I know several families that foster and adopt children as a ministry and do a great job of it. My own spiritual father (Don Nonnenman) had more children through their house then I can remember, but it seems like we should be able to eliminate the need for orphanages if we were truly to live missionally.
Heather and I have talked about our desire to have a lot of kids in our home although not all biologically ours. We have decided to wait until we are done having our own to bring others into the house, but I can’t wait for that day. I don’t try to be cynical but I can’t help but notice that a lot of the churches and Christians that I know are more interested in receiving the blessing of God in the form of a new car than helping a widow or an orphan. If the missional church is going to be more than just the newest catch phrase for churches to use in their marketing it is going to take all of us as Christians stepping up and making sacrifices in our own lives that help those around us.