Q: I've read that there are something like 30 million orphans around the world today. Seriously, how could Christians respond to something like that? I mean, it's more than anyone could imagine. How could you build enough orphanages to house all of those kids?
A: Well, here's a little surprise for you --- orphanages are not Biblical. That's right. They're not Biblical. The Christian response is not to house the lonely orphans in institutions. Jesus said that we are to love others as we ourselves would like to be loved. As an adoptive parent myself, I firmly believe Jesus would want His followers to welcome the orphans into our homes.
So how many orphans can you take on? How many empty bedrooms are in your house? Your children are grown adults now, and you're still fit and able. So how many more kids can you parent? How many more kids will the resources that God has given you support? Christians should be the most adopting people on earth. I mean that literally.
Beyond adopting the orphans ourselves, Christians could be going into countries and empowering local families to adopt as well. There are probably enough parents in China or Russia, for example - to raise all the orphans in those countries. But they're poor and lack the resources to support larger households. Christians could empower them to adopt those orphans.
The loving environment of a family will always be the best option for an orphan child. The only question is whether we have enough Christian families that are willing to be that loving. God knew that there would be orphans, widows and the poor on this earth. And He's always had a plan for taking care of them. His plan is to use people like you and me.
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