Love for orphans transforms
Unwanted infants in ancient Rome were often disposed of via the practice of “exposing.” In 374 AD, the Christian emperor Valentinian banned the practice. But for centuries prior, a marginalized group gained a reputation for rescuing these children: Christians.
The early church was known, even among many who despised it, as a people who defended the orphan. This witness was one powerful factor in the vibrant life and growth of Christianity in its first 300 years, and at other high points in history as well. It is becoming that way again.
Christianity Today recently called it “the burgeoning orphan care movement.” This May, Christians committed to this vision will gather at Saddleback Church for the national Summit VIII of the Christian Alliance for Orphans.
As Christians rise to this call to “defend the fatherless,” it is not only children that are rescued. Individual Christians and entire Christian communities are drawn beyond flaccid, self-centered religion. Together, we are invited deep into vibrant, sacrificial, life-giving choices that make God’s heart visible to a watching world.
Loving orphans will change your life and your church. Four reasons why.