Sunday, November 11, 2012
What is the worth of an orphan, a fatherless child? While I'm at it, what is the worth of a widow?

The Bible is very clear. God is very clear.
There are numerous Bible scriptures that pay special attention to orphans and widows. Here are a few scriptures to get you started.


~ Exodus 22:22-24 
You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry; and my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless.


Wow, those are strong words. God clearly has compassion and love for the widow and orphan in reference to that scripture.

~Deuteronomy 10:17-18 
For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.

Again, God shows His love and compassion for the widow and orphan. He executes justice.

~Psalms 68:3
Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in His holy habitation.

~Isaiah 1:16-17
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.

~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.

There are many other scriptures that talk about orphans and widows. In some instances God punishes people by making their wives and children, widows and orphans. It's not a desirable position in life.

Now I really want to get down to the nitty gritty. I have a question for the church.

What is ONE child worth to every church? As scripture has shown, orphans are clearly worth a lot to God.

Every year, churches all over the U.S. send missionaries to other countries to spread the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ. This is amazing and wonderful! All glory to God!

Every year, churches from other countries send missionaries to the U.S...something is definitely redundant here.

Anyway, every year adopting Christian families travel to other countries to bring home a child. Some never leave the U.S., either way it doesn't matter. That child will grow up knowing the Gospel because of the parents who stepped forward to change that one child's life.

Let me rephrase my prior question to the church.

Is helping to fund the spread of the Gospel only worth it if thousands of people hear the message or is it worth it to also fund the spread of the Gospel to one child? Who will also gain a family.

If churches would only help fund adoptions for their church family, maybe more would adopt. Why isn't adopting children a ministry within the church? One child will hear the Gospel. Every Christian adopting family is a missionary who not only spreads the Gospel but takes in the orphan that God cares for so much.

We need churches to support adoptions. There are children SUFFERING in orphanages.

New pews or one saved orphan? Two saved orphans, three, four, five...

2 comments:

  1. Very good post, Susan. So thankful that Jesus didn't just die to save us from hell, but that He wanted to make us His own! We need to understand that to understand how important adoption is.

    I was thinking recently how churches ignoring adopting families reminds me of the story of the Good Samaritan.

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  2. That's a very good thought! I may have to build a post on that very idea if you don't do it first. :)

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