Over the last several years, God has been awakening my heart to causes of social justice, including orphans. At one time in my life, I thought I would adopt. Although that hasn’t happened for me, I know that the cause of the orphan is something that I must be involved in. It’s an issue that everyone must be involved in, in one way or another.
“Adoption is not for everyone, but caring for orphans is for everyone.” – Orphan Justice.
This past month, I was honored to have received a copy of Johnny Carr’s book, “Orphan Justice: How to Care for Orphans Beyond Adoption”. It’s a book that I knew I had to read. As I did, my heart broke as I was challenged and convicted in many ways. Acccording to UNICEF, there are 153 Million orphans worldwide. That is an astounding number. The cause of the orphan is a much bigger issue than being fatherless — it is linked with human trafficking, HIV/AIDS, poverty, racism and abortion. Together, all of these issue assist in the growing number of orphans each and every day.
“Indeed, caring for orphaned and vulnerable children requires us to care about related issues from child trafficking and HIV/AIDS to racism and poverty. Too often, we only discuss or theologize the issues, relegating the responsibilities to governments.” – Orphan Justice
My heart breaks for these children, yet at times I feel as if the issue is so much bigger than I am. And it is. But it’s not too big for God. In his book, Johnny talks openly and honestly about what Christians can do, especially those who do not feel led to adopt.
“If we were honest, many of us would have to admit that we have no clue how to respond, beyond well-meaning prayer or writing a check.” – Orphan Justice
He also talks about how the Church, the Body of Christ, must step up to assist in the cause of the orphan. It’s not just a nice gesture, but it’s a mandate from God.
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. (James 1:27 NLT)
Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. (Psalm 82:3)
Overall, this is a very thought provoking book that will cause you to ask God, “What is it you’ve called me to do?” My prayer is that God would continue to break my heart for the cause of the orphan and show me creative ways that I can get involved.
How about you, my friend. How does the cause of the orphan move on your heart? I’d love for you to share in the comments.
*I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.
*This post is part of a challenge to blog every weekday in the month of April. You can read more about it here.