A Biblical Perspective
Orphaned and abandoned children are the most vulnerable of all people groups. Without love, hope, a future, or their family, these children are truly in distress. The Bible frequently refers to this issue.
Jesus said "These are the most important commandments - To love The Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind and, to love your neighbour as yourself". The expert in religious law said "Who is my neighbour?” Jesus told the story of the good Samaritan and then asked the religious leader "Which of these 3 were neighbours to the man who was attacked?" The religious man replied "The one who showed mercy". Jesus said - "Now go and do likewise" - Luke 10: 25 - 37
Noemi from Casa Lar Sao Paulo Brazil with some of the children they look after on Mother's day - Is this being a neighbour?
After Jesus had explained to the disciples they had visited him in prison, fed him when hungry, gave drink to him when thirsty and clothed him when in need of clothing…….He went on to say
"I tell you the truth whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine you did for me" -
Matt 25: 40
A theme throughout the Bible is for God's family to take a responsible attitude towards those in need such as, the poor, the needy, the weak, the widow, the alien and the fatherless.
SFAC's mandate is to be a positive and active force in the lives of the fatherless child in less developed countries
- Jesus referred to God as His Father - John 8:19 (You don't know me or my Father)
- The Bible refers to God being our Father - Deut 32:6 (He is our Father and creator)
- We are God's children and able to call Him, Abba Father - Rom 8:15
- God (himself) defends the cause of the fatherless - Deut 10: 12-20
- Cursed is the man who withholds justice from the alien, fatherless or widow - Deut 27:19
- God is the helper of the fatherless - Psalm 10:14
- God defends the cause of the fatherless - Psalm 10:18
- God is a father to the fatherless. (George Muller's inspirational challenge) - Psalm 68:5
- God sustains the fatherless - Psalm 146:7-9
- Do what is right and defend the cause of the fatherless - Isaiah 1:16-17
- Provide shelter for the poor wanderer. (Could this be an abandoned child living on the streets?) - Isaiah 58:6-12
- Jesus himself attended to the needs of children even when the society in which he lived placed little value on children's lives - Matt 10:13-16, Matt 18:1-6
- Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is to look after orphans (fatherless) and widows in their distress - James 1:27
- God puts the lonely into families - Psalm 68:6