Monday, November 9, 2009

Orphan Sunday, 2009

Yesterday was Orphan Sunday in the United States. Did your church acknowledge it? Did you know there even was such a day?

I got to be part of logistics planning for a local "live-stream" event here in Winston-Salem. Steven Curtis Chapman, Geoff Moore, some guys from Focus on the Family and the Christian Alliance for Orphans all spoke and performed "Live from Nashville" and the event was carried via satellite all across the country.

Attendance here at the local event was dismal. Maybe 25 people showed. All the radio spots and FaceBooking and Twittering and emailing didn't bring people out.

I won't lie to you; I was so, so disappointed.
Drew and I alone invited 139 families. One of them came.

You know....

I've been thinking about it and I'm not sure why people didn't come out. Maybe it was the beautiful, warm weather or because it was a school night. Maybe turnout was low because the Carolina Panthers were on tv.

Or was because people find thinking about the world's orphan problem too difficult......too overwhelming.....too uncomfortable. Maybe people think that they aren't gifted or called to serve that way. Maybe folks think that "someone else" is handling the 140 million orphans that live in our world.

The thing seems to me that the Bible couldn't be more clear about how to walk in God's will. Praising God and serving Him by caring for the orphaned and widowed and poor seem to be exactly what we are ALL called to do.

He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow,
and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. (Deut. 10:18)

A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
Is God in His holy habituation.
God sets the solitary in families;
He brings out those who are bound into prosperity. (Ps. 68: 5-6)

Pure and faultless religion is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress. (James 1:27)

"But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?" (I John 3:16-17)

If I'm reading even just those Bible verses right, I get the idea that we can't call ourselves Christians and say we love God if we aren't caring for widows and orphans and showing needy people around the globe the love of Christ.

I don't think we can serve God and be selective about it. His call is so clear. Being the hands and feet of our Saviour must mean doing the tough stuff....the overwhelming stuff.....doing the stuff that challenges us and makes us feel uncomfortable.

And doing it in His name, to His glory.


love2bmom said...

Ouch. that hurts. so sorry.

thank you for your never know what one of those 25 may do because they were there. They heard and they saw.

Love to the Dixons,

The B family

Pharmcats said...

Preach it sister! God calls us to do our part in sowing the seed. He brings the increase.
Jo Anna and Scott

Stephanie said...

I agree with have planted the seed in so many others. The words you have written and stories you've shared have stayed with me and I've shared repeatedly with others. Especially the story of sharing candy in the orphanage.

jim dixon said...

Don't be dismayed by the lack of compassion in others. You guys are doing your part in following scripture. GOD know what's in your hearts.

jena said...

Hey, guess what? We got to talk with one of the families there at the Live Stream last night. And they are going to adopt!!!!