Welcoming the Least of These…
Dear Arguing Humans,
I have a couple questions for you.
- Are you currently housing a human being who would otherwise be homeless?
- Are you willing to?
- Are you willing to, no questions ask?
Okay, now to level the playing field, I will answer.
- I am currently housing a human being who might otherwise be homeless.
- I am willing to welcome more.
- I have a lot of questions first.
Now, to those of you who know me, you know I am a firm believer in Jesus Christ. I am also an eager participant in foster care and adoption. However, if I called you and said:
There are two adolescent boys in desperate need of a home. They both have a history of violence and are suspected sex offenders of their young toddler brothers. We are going to invite them to stay with us. We want to behave as Christians.
You would have a few questions for me. Can you afford to do this? What about Sam and Charlie? Is this the safest way to be helpful?
No. It isn’t.
Friends, my heart is breaking for Syrian refugees too. But there are processes that must be considered. There just are. And if there aren’t processes to protect and you freely believe that all are welcome, stop locking your doors. You that have teenage daughters, do you know how many teenage boys are in foster care in the United States? Why are you not inviting them into your home? Especially you Christians who are condemning other Christians for wanting closed borders?
Let them in. Let them come live with you.
Why? Oh, you want to protect your daughter?
In our foster agency, there are certain rules and regulations that must be followed in order to foster. It takes into consideration the totality well-being of the foster family. Common sense must dictate open arms and open borders. Jesus was a common sense kind of guy. He was gentle, kind and wise.
Our hearts need to be open to helping, but not at all costs. You would protect your family before you would let just anyone come into your home. Ask Elizabeth Smart’s family about their open door policy. Before you bark another word of ugliness at each other under the umbrella of Christianity and Godliness, ask them to tell you the story of picking up a man on the side of the road. They will tell you, caution is warranted. We need to be united in prayer for the safety and sanctity of our country and its leaders and we need to be united in prayer for how to handle our borders.
Calling each other names, criticizing each other and arguing isn’t an orderly method of solution.
Oh, and if you are not willing to open your home to an American child in need and you are barking an opinion I suggest you sit down, shut up and make a call to your local foster care program. It is right under your nose friends. Right under your nose.
Indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding. Proverbs 2:3
May your floors be sticky and YOUR CALLING ORDAINED. Love, Jami