More than a Cause
May 9, 2016 by Jonathan Reid
The recent orphan and foster care movement within Christianity is an encouraging development with many positive outcomes. Organizations have been developed; books have been written; helpful conferences have been organized; alliances have been formed. Most importantly, many children have found committed and compassionate families to call their own.
As is the case with any movement, however, there are dangers to identify and avoid. One such danger is the temptation to reduce the orphans and foster youth to a cause around which to rally. When this occurs, the children often become depersonalized. They easily become submerged into a large statistical category-the 408,000 children in U.S. foster care, for example.
While statistics are useful and cannot be discarded, we must be careful to always remember that it is children for whom we advocate, not a cause. Every last one of the 408,000 children in U.S. foster care are individual human beings with real faces, real personalities, real needs, and real futures. Each one of them has dignity…the dignity of a soul created in the very image of God. Consequently, each one is worth fighting for.
And so, New England, let’s fight for them. Let’s not let a single additional child slip through the cracks only to become another sad statistic. Let’s open our hearts and homes to provide to them the love and security they so desperately need.