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The elephant in the room

The term “The elephant in the room” refers to that which is obvious but which we often just ignore. For the American church there are so many that one would be hard pressed to even begin to name them. Collectively it is our obsession with self and our ignorance of a lost and dying world and dare I say, culture which is preoccupied with personal pleasure and gain and often times oblivious to the call of the Great Commission. We are all participants in this strange game of lip service christianity and Madison Avenue living. (The computer I am typing this blog on could feed a family in Eastern Africa for a year!) One of the opportunities that is right in front of us is the blessing that comes from Christian families doing foster care and adopting orphans. During last years SBC there was a resolution encouraging the same. This year during the pastors conference we heard a wonderful message  (I would link it but they do not have it up yet) from Russell Moore on the importance of Christian families answering the call to foster and adopt. Dr. Moore has also challenfed us through his excellent book “Adopted for Life” where he shares his adoption story as an adoptive parent and then points us to the biblical challnege of at the very least considering adoption as a viable responsibility as Christians.

Dorothy and I began foster ministry 7 years ago when we were in Texas. We did not start it with the purpose of adopting, however, we have adopted one child and are in the process of adopting another. (A boy we fostered in Texas) It is not always easy, often times frustrating, always time consuming and in the end worth every second! I do not know if the Lord will allow us to foster in the future now that we are in Northwest Arkansas. I cannot help but believe that we will, especially as more room is made available in our home. I cannot imagine our life without our 2 new sons and the opportunity to have made a difference in the lives of those we were able to care for.

My simple challenge on this Fathers Day weekend is that we might echo the words of the Psalmist in celebrating a God who is the Father to fatherless and simply pray about the command of scripture we find in James 1:27

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

There are thousands of children that need not only the care of a loving parent, but also the love of a forgiving Savior. Maybe God has not called you to foster or adopt, but then again, how will you know unless you ask Him?

there is an elephant in the room – let us not ignore him any longer.