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You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry. defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more. Psalm 10:17-18
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. James 1:27
This is why I push. This is why I shake my head and clench my fists.
There are countless verses in the Bible that explicitly states Christ's view on orphan advocacy and fighting poverty. It is not a choice.
When it comes to orphans and widows and those in poverty, we have no choice in whether or not we are to help.
We cannot continue to turn our backs on those who make us feel uncomfortable simply because doing so would throw a wrench in our best laid plans. In doing this, we starve ourselves of the richness of His grace. We lose out in experiencing the severity of His mercy. Don't believe me?
Ask the 27 million people in slavery.
Ask the 143 million orphans.
The truth is this: there will be people who help. There will be those who stand up and sacrifice comfort to live a life worthy of His fame. The question is this:
will it be you?