Thanks to advances in multimedia, increased educational resources, and an expansion of information in this modern era, we are living in time where adoption, and orphan care in general, is becoming more and more popular. This is especially true for Christians. Christianity Today recently said the the American church is in the midst of a “burgeoning orphan care movement.” While this increase in awareness and service is truly great, there are potentially very negative side effects that could arise if awareness and service are the main motivation and goals.
With increased access to statistics about the number of children needing homes, as well as the ability to use media to illicit incredible emotional responses, we run the risk of accidentally creating a culture of intellectually or emotionally based orphan care. While utilizing information and emotions is not inherently wrong, if feelings and thoughts are the primary motivating factors of this movement we run the risk of providing a much less substantive impact than God has called us to have.
The truth is, man did not invent orphan care. God did. God invented care when, as the heavenly Father, he sacrificed his son so that you and I may be adopted as children of the most high God. Statistics and emotions should not be the back bone of orphan care, God should be. If information is the most important thing, what then will you do when your information is met with a child who ends up with autism and your 18 year commitment turns into the rest of your life? If emotion is the most important thing what will you do when you have given everything you have to care for orphans and they act in a way that causes you to forget those emotions that led you to serve in the first place?
Any motivating factor for orphan care, other than God himself, is fleeting and fading. Emotions fluctuate. Statistics change. God remains the same, and that is why we think he is the only stable motivating force for truly God glorifying orphan care. It is because of all of this that we are asking everyone interested in learning more about true Christian adoption to consider attending the Together for Adoption National Conference in Atlanta, GA on September 14-15. During this conference, over 1,000 people will gather together at Cross Pointe Church to explore God’s Story of Adoption for a Broken World.
Please take a moment to click the link below and learn more about the Together for Adoption National Conference. Compared to other conferences, this one is INCREDIBLY cost effective (especially if you buy your tickets before the end of the month). There are even some really cool opportunities to win an ALL EXPENSE PAID trip to the conference.
We want you to serve orphans for a long time. We think if you take the time to learn more about God’s heart for this incredible group of children, it will lead to truly lasting service with eternal ramifications.