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Orphan Care . . . Why Should You Care?

Is orphan care a new concept drummed up to play on your emotions or a legitimate cause for compassion? Find out what God's heart for orphans really is.

Orphan Sunday – November 13, 2016

Orphan Sunday happens once a year. Do you think about them at other times?

What’s the big deal?  Should you care? Why?

Is their plight exploited to play on your emotions or is there a legitimate cause for compassion?

Let’s look at what Scripture has to say.

Five Reasons You Should Care About Orphan Care

 

God Cares

Deuteronomy 10:14 – God executes justice for the orphan

Psalm 10:14 – God is a helper of the orphan

Psalm 68:5 –  God is a Father to the fatherless

Psalm 146:9 –  God supports the Fatherless

Proverbs 23: 10,11 – God pleads the case of the fatherless

 

God Expects You To Care

Job 31:17,22 – Job considered neglecting orphans cause for God’s discipline

Isaiah 1:17,23 – Israelites instructed to defend orphans; those who didn’t were considered rebels

Matthew 25:31-46 – the righteous provide for the hungry, thirsty and naked even if they are strangers

James 1:27 – caring for orphans is highlighted as being honored in God’s sight

Hebrews 13:16 – we are called to do good and share; we can practice that with the fatherless

 

God Blesses Those Who Care

Deuteronomy 14:29 – Israelites told to feed the orphan so that God would bless their work

Matthew 5:7 – those who show mercy are blessed

 

God Cursed Those Who Didn’t Care

Jeremiah 22:3,5 – warning that mistreating orphans would result in desolation for Israel

Ezekiel 22:7 – committing wrong against the fatherless listed as a reason for Israel’s dispersion

Zechariah 7:8-12 – warning that oppressing the orphan would incur God’s wrath

 

Orphan Care is a Picture of the Gospel

Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:5-7, Galatians 3:26, Ephesians 1:5

Orphan care is not the gospel, but it is a great picture of what God has done for us.  He reached outside His own family into a seemingly hopeless situation to provide hope and redemption to helpless sinners.  Caring for orphans is an image of the sacrifice Chrsit made, so that we could be called children of God.

 

These verses are just a sample of references made to orphans and fatherless in Scripture.  It is clear that orphan care is not a passing fad of current culture.

 

Orphan care is close to the heart of God and ought to be close to the heart of God’s people.

Reasons to Care About Orphan Care

 

Looking at statistics related to the number of orphans in your own community, in your own country and in the world at large can be overwhelming.

The high number of orphans in our world is largely the result of various evils in our sin-cursed world.

It can be tempting to become upset or discouraged by the evidence of wickedness all around us.

It can also be tempting to avoid caring for orphans because their lives do not directly affect ours.

 

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21

 

You may not be able to care for all the orphans in the world, but God still expects you to care.

You can work toward overcoming some of the evils in their world by doing something good for them.

 

Need some ideas?

I have 26 practical ways you can get involved in orphan care (even if you’re not called to be a foster or adoptive parent!).

Orphan Care . . . How Can You Care? Part 1

Orphan Care . . . How Can You Care? Part 2

 

Is your family involved in orphan care?  What does that look like?

 

Shared on: Grace & Truth, Equipping Godly Women, Inspire Me Monday, Monday Musings, Art of Homemaking Mondays, Raising Homemakers, Coffee and Conversation, A Little R&RChristian Mommy Blogger and Thriving Thursday.

Comments

  1. Lori Schumaker of Seaching for Moments says:

    Thank you for your post on behalf of the orphaned child. We, too, are an adoptive family. Our youngest is from Bulgaria. I have been highly involved in our Church’s orphan care ministry, as well. We are called to care for the orphan. It may not mean we are all meant to foster or adopt, but we are called to care for them in some sort of way. I love that your series gives tangible ways! I’m so glad we were friends at #GraceandTruth!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

    • Glad you visited, Lori. I’m always encouraged to hear from other adoptive families and fascinated to find the countries on a map! What a blessing that your church has an orphan care ministry. May God be pleased to involve more people in the ministry and expand your outreach to those He loves.

  2. Thank you for sharing this thought-provoking post on the Art of Home-Making Mondays. I look forward to next week’s installment of practical ways to help!

  3. 3 of our kids were adopted, and we sponsor a child overseas.

  4. Thank you for this post. We have just finished all of our foster care training/ interviews etc and are now awaiting a placement. It is always encouraging to remember that we are ultimately doing what may well be one of the hardest things in our life for the Lord’s glory and because He asks us to!
    Blessings
    Renata:)

    • Congratulations! We have adopted all of our kids through foster care, so I know what that process is like. God will bring you the right kids at the right time and give you strength and wisdom for each situation. Thank you for making your family available in this way.

  5. Caring for orphans and widows…..the heart of Jesus. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I have several friends who are in the process of adoption right now. I love how you pointed out how adoption is the center of the heart of God. “Pure and undefiled religion before God the father is this to visit widows and orphans…” – he wants us to care for the defenseless and adoption is one of the best ways can do this.

  7. Brittany at EquippingGodlyWomen.com says:

    I love that you let the Scriptures speak for themselves! All to often, Christians try to preach this super long sermon and make the words say what we think we say, but I love how you said “It’s right here. What more do I even need to say.” Point well taken. Thanks for linking up on Equipping Godly Women Fellowship Fridays!

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