Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Do all Christians need to Adopt?

The other day I was thinking about my blog and of the audience that reads it. Most are adoptive parents in the journey and my Aunts :) . I was thinking that maybe just maybe someone reading my blog would get the impression that they are bad Christians if they do not adopt.

I know I am huge advocate for orphan care it's what I write about most times. Its a passion that was brought alive in me, and confirmed through scripture. Orphan care and Justice. So I may be getting myself into some mud even discussing this controversial subject, but one time someone told me that with Gods truths there will always be controversy.

Lets examine Gods word on Orphan care, widow care and loving the poor and stranger.

On His Love and care for them:

"He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger or temporary resident and gives him food and clothing.'' Deuteronomy 10:18

''The Lord protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows"' Psalm 146:9

So there, we all understand that His heart is for the Fatherless, for the poor, and for the widow.
He cares for them and EXECUTES Justice for them. They were created in his own image and matter to him the same as any of us.

On His mandate and command for caring for the poor, orphan (fatherless) and stranger.

True Justice MUST be given to foreigners living among you and to Orphans Deuteronomy 24:17

LEARN to do good. SEEK Justice. HELP the oppressed. DEFEND the cause of the orphan. FIGHT for the rights of the widows. Isiah 1:17

Rescue the weak and needy, deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:3

Now it does not say if you feel the ''calling'', it says Justice MUST be given. There are big verbs here watch, LEARN, SEEK, HELP, DEFEND, RESCUE, FIGHT It does NOT say if you feel called, these are COMMANDS. Scripture can not be more clear on what the Church's purpose what you and I as believers are TO DO.

What if you do nothing?

You must not exploit a widow or an orphan. 23 If you exploit them in any way and they cry out to me, then I will certainly hear their cry. 24 My anger will blaze against you, and I will kill you with the sword. Then your wives will be widows and your children fatherless.Exodus22:21

Cursed is anyone who denies justice to foreigners, orphans, or widows.’ And all the people will reply, ‘Amen.’ Deuteronomy 27:19

They are fat and sleek, and there is no limit to their wicked deeds. They refuse to provide justice to orphans and deny the rights of the poor. Jeremiah 5:28

This is what the Lord says: Be fair-minded and just. Do what is right! Help those who have been robbed; rescue them from their oppressors. Quit your evil deeds! Do not mistreat foreigners, orphans, and widows. Stop murdering the innocent! Jeremiah 22:3

Do not oppress widows, orphans, foreigners, and the poor. And do not scheme against each other. Zechariah 7:10

“At that time I will put you on trial. I am eager to witness against all sorcerers and adulterers and liars. I will speak against those who cheat employees of their wages, who oppress widows and orphans, or who deprive the foreigners living among you of justice, for these people do not fear me,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Malachi 3:5

Apparently if you do nothing there are some serious consequences. Don't take my word for it read it yourself. IF you DENY, DEPRIVE,REFUSE, EXPLOIT, OPPRESS then you have some answering to do before our Mighty King. As Frank would say your SOL! IF you refuse to care for the least of these if you are refusing to FEED, CLOTHE and QUENCH the thirst and INVITE the least of these you are doing the same to Jesus. Matthew 25:31-46 There will be punishment for you. Sorry for preaching the brimstone, but there is no way around that.

So, this is where the rubber hits the road! Whats your job in this. Are you to adopt? If this is your very conviction then yes! Should all Christian adopt? I really don't think this is the case. However All Christians do need to be in the action work of helping the poor, needy and the fatherless. Your job is to seek what God wants you to do with this clear command. IF you do NOTHING. How can the Love of God be in you if you do not?

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity
on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with
words or tongue but with actions and in truth. John 3: 17-18

James 2:15-17
Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says
to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his
physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not
accompanied by action, is dead

Especially if you have NOW!
Proverbs 3:27-28
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.
Do not say to your neighbor, "Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow"-- when you
now have it with you.

For us it means to open our home to the fatherless, We have a family and to deny what God has placed before us was to deny God himself. Some may argue and say we need to have a hand in all these commands. We are the hands of feet of Christ and have many different jobs in the body. We can not be all focused on adoption, this is not the answer. If we all went in to rescue the orphans, there will be more, and more and more, it wont end. That's why I appreciate adoption agencies that focus on keeping the children with families and having adoption as the LAST RESORT. As well as working organizations that help the people of countries sustain themselves to be able to feed their children, and send them to school. There is so much more than adoption, this is just one small piece of the pie. Ask, He will answer you. Do not assume because of your circumstances that you know what you are to do. He is the creator He can accomplish great things through you. Have faith! Remember however that faith without deeds is dead.

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”
Mother Theresa


Timandem said...

well said Natalie! Great perspective, thank you!

Erica said...

Preach it sister. Preach it!

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