|This is not a Ouija Board for those|
who are unaware of the greatness
that is Trivial Pursuit.
It's not that I was disengaged by any means. I participated in training, welcomed children into our home and loved them with reckless abandon as they hurt and healed in our family. And while I sensed that this journey had not begun in any kind of heavenly revelation for me, as time went on, the calling (or whatever we want to call it) became clearer.
I suppose I'd rather consider it an obligation along the lines of Luke 17:1-10 than a calling. We tend to do a lot of scary things as Christians under the guise of being "called" to ministry or a specific job, town, person of the opposite sex, etc. After all, what do you do with your "calling" when what you're called to is a child that tells you he doesn't want to be your son anymore? Or worse yet, a child whose behavior and emotional trauma is so substantial that your marriage is falling apart over your inability to parent them? Are you still "called" then? I suppose the other side of that coin is that if you're obligated to care for orphans it's much easier to detach emotionally and simply move onto the next child that comes along.
|Hector was a good pet, but all dog's|
go to Heaven...so let's move on, it's
just a dog for crying out loud!
The greatest reason for the world's population of orphans today is not the incredible number of children at 146 million. It's not the rise of drug exposure, HIV/AIDS, the economy or any other related factor. The greatest reason is INDIFFERENCE in the CHURCH.
And when I say the Church is obligated to do something, I don't just mean the rich American Church that spends billions on short-term mission trips so teenagers can site-see and build subpar housing that indigenous people could have done in order to maintain a living and billions more on buildings that sit empty 95% of the time. I mean the global Church rising up to alleviate poverty, restore families, heal wounds and care for the least of these in their own backyards as a physical expression behind the words that Jesus came to reclaim what was lost.
That is our very privileged obligation.