Monday, May 16, 2011

Someone Is Not Impressed With Weak Excuses

Rescue the perishing; don't hesitate to step in and help.
If you say, "Hey, that's none of my business," will that get you off the hook?
Someone is watching you closely, you know— Someone not impressed with weak excuses.

Paraphrase of Proverbs 24:12 from The Message

I have been mulling over this verse at length since yesterday.  While The Message is a paraphrase, I like it's spin on the verse- it is direct and piercing.  This verse was key in our decision to adopt Dima, though it can be applied to just about any area of our lives.  

But I am going to look at this verse from an orphan/mission perspective.  Eric and I frequently get the question, "Why aren't you adopting a child from your own country?  There are so many children here that need a family!".  Yes, I absolutely agree that there are so many precious little ones that need a family right here in our own country.  No doubt.  As a Christian, however, I try to look at things through God's eyes, not my own.  To God, He loves ALL of the children of the world.  You know the song Jesus Loves the Little Children, right?  More than likely you even sang it in Sunday School back in the day:
Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.
Red, brown, yellow, black and white, ALL are precious in His sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
Jesus died for all the children, all the children of the world.
Red, brown, yellow, black and white, ALL are precious in His sight.
Jesus died for all the children of the world.
I didn't see anywhere where it said, "Jesus loves the little children, just the children from the USA"....nope.  It said ALL of the children.  

So as Eric and I prayed (even after considering domestic adoption), we were and still are very certain that God put Dima before us.  It matters not to God that Dima is in an Eastern European country.  The bottom line is that Dima needs a family and we are it.  Who is anyone to question God?  To be perfectly blunt, every time we are asked that question, it is a slap in God's face. Who are we to question?
Just because we live in the United States does that mean we turn a blind eye to children in other countries?  Is it Biblical to ignore the plight of orphans overseas?  Sure, it is all well and good to send missionaries to orphanages to visit with the children and play with them, but it is temporary.  In the long run it does not solve the orphan crisis.  (Yes, this is a CRISIS!)  The only true way to solve the orphan crisis is to get these children into forever families.  And I do not think God cares about borders.

A Bible verse that is popular in the adoption community is the following:
Anyone who sets himself up as "religious" by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.
Paraphrase of James 1:27 from The Message.
Orphans do not have the love of a real family and they DO long for a family.  Ask any family that has set foot into an orphanage- time and time again I hear about how the little ones wander up to them and ask, "Mama?  Papa?".  There are many orphans that are homeless, too.  Even if an orphan is in a "decent" orphanage there is still something missing in their lives.  Jesus preached about love and his message and the Gospel message itself, is about restoration!  By bringing these orphans into our homes, there is restoration taking place!  Again I ask, in the context of God's plan for humans, should it really matter wether or not Eric and I are adopting domestically or Internationally?

God is not impressed with weak excuses for not doing something.  If Eric and I were to use the excuse of "Dima is not a child from our own country" God would not be impressed by that.  That is a very weak excuse!
On that note it is our prayer that all orphans, be it domestic or otherwise, would find a family.

1 comment:

Patti said...

I read your post on Yahoo.
I think adoption/fundraising/advocating must be a lot like the ministry: sometimes we feel like we're fighting an uphill battle, and nobody sees or cares or understands. When we first started out in the ministry over 20 years ago someone told my husband something that has stuck with us to this day: Run with the runners. In other words- don't waste your tears and frustration and efforts on the people who really aren't running with you. Some people want to sit on the sidelines, some just want to walk, some are fighting along the way... and some don't even know there's a race going on! So keep your head up and run with those who are willing to run, and let God sort the rest out. Save your energy for what you know God has called you to do.
Easy for me to say after my mini crisis of faith this week, but it's always easier to "see" things from the outside, isn't it?
Praying for you :)