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Foster Care and Adoption Information Night

Throughout the Bible, God calls His people to demonstrate the authenticity of their faith within the context of daily life. One such command, repeated a multiplicity of times, is the command to care for vulnerable children. For example, Isaiah 1:17 says, “…Defend the rights of the fatherless” (HCSB). In the New Testament, the apostle James defines one fruit of authentic religion as “…to look after orphans…in their distress” (James 1:27 HCSB).

Adoptive care is one of the most ancient Christian social practices because love-a self-sacrificing, active love- is the authenticating fruit of genuine faith (1 John 4:7-8). In fact, both Jesus and the apostle Paul teach that the entirety of all other moral obligations to God and others will be fulfilled if we obey the two greatest commands: love God and love your neighbor (Matthew 22:37-40; Romans 13:8).

Why is love the ultimate fruit of authentic faith? Simply put, God is love (1 John 4:8) and the greatest demonstration of His love is the gospel of Jesus Christ (1 John 3:16). Authentic faith in this God and His Gospel of love results in a heart impulse to image this very love within the world. Think of  the Good Samaritan (Luke 10) who exemplified this impulse. His exposure to a great need compelled him to act on its behalf-even at great personal cost and risk. Of course, the ultimate Good Samaritan, Jesus Himself, epitomized this impulse by giving His very life to meet humanity’s greatest need (John 15:13).

Since one unmistakeable manifestation of God’s love in Scripture is His compassion for the oppressed, afflicted, and vulnerable-including children (Psalm 10:17-18; Psalm 68:5-6)-it follows that His people will manifest the same application of love within their own cultural context. Specifically, the Christian will, when exposed to the need, possess a burden for those children in his/her community who lack either a safe, nurturing home or, worse yet, a family to call their own.

If you are interested in learning more about foster care and adoption with plenty of opportunity for Q & A,  join us on Monday, September 11th, at 7:00 PM for an information event here at Grace Harbor Church. Along with Fostering Hope, a representative from Boys Town New England will also be present to explain their foster care program. If you are interested in attending or have any questions, email Jonathan at info@fosteringhope.org.

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