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Fostering Hope

An Unresolved Paradox

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Dec 6, 2013 by fosteringhope

I have been meditating on a curious paradox that exists in our country.

On the one hand:

We live in a country in which millions profess authentic faith in Jesus. Sweet.

On the other hand:

We live in a country in which there is a chronic shortage of families willing and able to care for the children in foster care. Hmm.

Wait. Paradox? Why is this a paradox?

Scripture reveals that one of the chief marks of authentic repentance (Isaiah 1:17) and faith (James 1:27) is to defend and care for the vulnerable child described in the aforementioned passages as orphans.

So, what conclusions might we draw?

Perhaps, a majority who profess authentic faith in Christ are not actual Christ-followers.

OR, more optimistically, perhaps there is a lack of awareness among Christians about the breadth and depth of the need.

I, for one, am banking on the latter. I believe that as we aggressively increase awareness within the Christian community of New England, multitudes of believers will act in selfless love on behalf of the kids in crisis.

But, wait…what if I am wrong? What if awareness is indeed raised, but the Christian community does little in response? Kids continue to languish in care? The chronic shortage of families continues?

I shudder at the implications.

 

JPR

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