One More One Less
Just this past Sunday we had the opportunity as a church to hear from One More One Less Project about how they want to “inform, inspire, and intertwine the local church with foster care and adoption.” Many of you know my family’s story and know how much this topic means to me and my wife Haley. I won’t take the time to share our whole story here but please feel free to ask us about it if you don’t know because we love sharing how God perfectly orchestrated our family! I do want to share why we think you should do everything you can to get behind One More One Less!
Our heart is that you would get involved in some way with foster care and adoption. I know not everyone can take children into their home. Right now we are not taking in any more children and focusing on raising the ones that we have; there are seasons for everything and it may not be the time right now, or ever, for you to take the step of being a foster parent, but I challenge you to do something! There is a quote by John Piper that has stuck with me since the first time I heard it, he is speaking about mission work in particular but I believe foster care and adoption is some of the greatest mission work you can be a part of! He said that we, as Christians, only have one of three choices when it comes to missions we can “go, send, or disobey.” It’s mission work because not only do you have the opportunity to minister to and affect the child but their birth family too! It says in James 1:27:
“ True spirituality that is pure in the eyes of our Father God is to make a difference in the lives of the orphans, and widows in their troubles, and to refuse to be corrupted by the world’s values.”
The Bible makes the mission very clear. We are to love and take care of one another. This verse is a call to Christians to take on the mission of making sure that every child is taken care of and a part of a family. This may look like adoption, foster care, or supporting ministries and families that are working in that system. It also says in Matthew 25:40:
“And the King will answer them, ‘Don’t you know? When you cared for one of the least important of these my little ones, my true brothers and sisters, you demonstrated love for me.”
Again it is clear that we are commanded and commissioned to take care of the “least of these” and to do it like we are demonstrating love for our Savior! In Isaiah 1:17 it says:
“Learn what it means to do what is good
by seeking righteousness and justice!
Rescue the oppressed. Uphold the rights of the fatherless
and defend the widow’s cause.”
This verse brings the point of “go, send, or disobey” home for me. Even if adoption or foster care is not something in which you can be an active participant, supporting it is central to Christ’s message. For Christians, doing nothing is not an option.
Haley and I love getting to share our story of adoption with people and encouraging everyone to get involved in some way. The One More One Less Project is a great way to get involved and continue to fulfill the command we have been given to seek righteousness and justice and rescue the oppressed!