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.
Orphans aren't trailblazers. They're victims left behind from natural disasters, terrible diseases, religious extremists, family collapses and military aggression. They're picked up as foster kids, tent dwellers, street urchins or human slaves. But sometimes, they're picked up by us.
Today, violence is everywhere. Over 50 million people are refugees. Over 17 million children are orphans.* When I watch the news, I am deeply distressed. What should I do? Donate? Yes. But what else?
My children received an answer.** They're hosting an orphan this summer, with the goal of adoption. He's a 15-year-old, biracial Ukrainian. During the initial questioning, when the lady in charge discovered Adam is Chinese and Lexy is White, she was thrilled. That's the mix of a kid nobody wanted. A match made in Heaven? We hope so.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: 'Learn to do good; Seek justice; Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless; Plead for the widow' (Isaiah 1:17). Because God does: 'He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing' (Deuteronomy 10:18).
How can you do these things? Give money? If you can. Adopt? If you're called. Defend them in media? Absolutely! Educate yourself on the plight of the orphans. As God's communicators, give them a voice. When you stand up for them, you stand up for Him.
Blaze a trail with your talent straight to the heart. Burn the brush of indifference out of the way. Clear the path of the Lord, so we can see better. Because in the place He walks, orphans are waiting.
'Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me' (Matthew 25:34-36).
To Be Continued...
* World At War (short YouTube video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALDyfZMJOmA
* Sobering statistics on orphans: http://thirdworldorphans.org/gpage39.html
* Global refugees as counted by June 2014. Surely, they are higher now, too: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/20/global-refugee-figure-passes-50-million-unhcr-report
** My 'children' are Adam (AMTC's Executive Director and my son-in-law) and Lexy (AMTC's Art Director and my daughter). They have two children of their own: Jack, 5, and Emmett, 2.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Trailblazers series.