Photo from New Hope Uganda.
This won’t be a guilt-inducer, I hope. At least not in the way we often process things like this. It goes like this: “I’m a Christian, but if I’d just do more, I’d really be acceptable with God.”
That is Moralistic thinking, trying to add to the perfect work of Christ. But Christ’s work needs no addition. It isn’t, “Christ’s work, plus my bit and we’re in.” It’s Jesus’ Work, plus nothing. So please don’t see this in that way.
Why should we help orphans? Because we serve a Lord and he has commanded it? Yes. Oh, and for joy.
Here is what James says, by the Holy Spirit. The context contains this:
“Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.”
(James 1:9-11 ESV)
James goes on to talk about being quick to hear, slow to speak, and bridling tongues. He is advocating true religion and condemning disobedience.
“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.” (James 1:27 ESV)
Visiting orphans and widows in their affliction is more than just sending a check. That’s a wake-up to many of us. But when you have a lot of money, then it’s a good place to start. It’s a good way to rejoice in what our brother James refers to as our “humiliation,” or “lowly position.”
Note: If you are an American, then it is likely you are very rich (by world, and historical, standards). Don’t listen to the envy-inspiring politicians who beg us to covet our neighbor’s possessions and vote to steal them. Nor the ones who say we have a right to greed and self-indulgence. My advice: pretty much avoid getting theology (truth) from politicians in general.
I have a a few friends who are involved heavily in orphan care. You probably do too. I plan to highlight them more in this space in the future.
But for now, a couple of places to consider supporting if you want to jump on it.
Photo from Keith McFarland of New Hope Uganda.
Perry’s Adoption Journey. The Perry’s are doing just that, working toward adopting a little girl from Ethiopia. You can visit them here, or catch them on FB here. Consider supporting their mission. They need a lot of money to love one girl a whole bunch.
There are others who are adopting in their communities. You know them. Ask them how you can help.