Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Tuesday Link: Orphans and the American Church

Anthony Bradley has a blog post at Resurgence in which he ponders why there are so many children in the care of the state and what it would mean to the rest of the world if Christians took the risk to adopt these children. Here is part of what he had to say:
Why Does America Have Orphans If It Has Christian Churches?

America has nearly 115,000 orphaned kids in foster care waiting to be adopted. Some wonder how this is possible in a country with Christian families. Surely, there are 115,000 missional families in America, right? Missional families, for example, embrace the redemptive mission of God and practice "true religion" in their local communities (James 1:27). Missional Christians in America could eliminate the foster care system tomorrow if we would stop "shootin' up" with the American Dream (heroine) in order to get high on a lame life lived for the sake of comfort and ease.
I am sure we could come up with reasons and excuses about why we are not following the example of the early church (or perhaps how we are, but how it looks different). I would like to suggest that perhaps the Church could have a greater impact in this country if we backed out of politics and began to concentrate on serving the world around us.

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