To mark national adoption week (19-25 October) here in the UK I’m going to post each weekday on a different way in which caring for vulnerable children is at the heartbeat of the character of God and the calling of his Church.
Today we’ll consider who God is:
17 For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. 18 He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. 19 Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. (Deut. 10:17-19, ESV)
This brief text from Deuteronomy dwells on God’s supremacy and authority. Israel’s God, the supreme authority in the universe, chose to dispense his power in such a way that those at the opposite end of the power spectrum benefited. What this text seems to show is that it is in God’s nature to fiercely protect the vulnerable and it is therefore a requirement of God’s people to reflect this commitment in society.
It simply won’t do to consign advocacy and action on behalf of the vulnerable to an optional extra. This, of course, will mean more than just engagement with fostering and adoption but the framework for the Church’s calling is defined by the character of God and the character of God is marked by, among other things, a commitment to the poor and vulnerable.
In the UK today this commitment is not restricted to looked after children, but it absolutely must include them.