As followers of Christ we are called to remember the poor and oppressed. One of the ways we hope to do that is by reaching out in sacrificial love to those who are most vulnerable...
God loves the orphans of this world.
The Bible is very clear about this. Deuteronomy says God executes justice for the orphans. The Psalms call God the helper of the orphan. God instructed the people of Israel to leave a portion of their harvest for the orphans to gather and to give alms to orphans so they may eat and be satisfied. The implication is clear. God’s people must care about, provide for, and defend orphans against poverty, oppression, and injustice in whatever ways God enables them to. It is a profoundly sad reality that so many children are without parents to love and provide for them. Scripture paints the grievously accurate picture that orphans are greatly disadvantaged and most often socially oppressed, easy prey for poverty, disease, and the all-too-real horrors of slavery.
We are all orphans,
destitute, without caregivers, and oppressed. Our sin against a good and just God earned each of us eternal punishment and alienation from him. We live as slaves to sin, unable to free ourselves or satisfy God’s perfect justice. Whether we realize it or not, we all look for ways to justify ourselves, to prove ourselves worthy, to make sense of our place in the world, but nothing we do can erase our guilt before the One who judges perfectly. But with Jesus, that has all changed. By sending his only Son to die in our place, God satisfied his own justice by pouring out his punishment on Jesus. By raising him from the dead, he showed that the debt was fully paid, that death and the curse of sin were defeated forever. Those who confess and turn from their sin and trust in Christ’s loving sacrifice to satisfy their debt to God are no longer slaves to sin and no longer alienated. In Christ we are adopted and called God’s children. Our heavenly Father cares for all our needs, embraces us in His loving arms, welcomes us into His heavenly home, and grants us all the privileges of sonship.
“Be imitators of God, as beloved children” (Ephesians 5:1).
Adoption is one powerful way that the Church can strive together with God’s Spirit to combat the effects the sin in the world and illustrate the saving effects of the gospel. As children “born again” into the family of God, we begin to display family traits. It was God’s sacrificial love that empowered Christ to endure suffering on the cross for the joy of saving us! He reproduces that same love in us, which then overflows in love for others, especially the oppressed and the helpless. Not only that, but in a unique and particular way, those who adopt become imitators of their Father God, who is adopting people into His family every day.
The Bible teaches that God loves the ones he saves the same way he loves Jesus! This kind of love allows us to erase any distinction between our love for so-called “real” and “adopted” children, and it also erases any differnces in our love for those who are now truly our brothers and sisters in Christ.
The Adoption Fund
is a way for us to rescue orphans from poverty and vulnerability by contributing financially to help those in our church family who desire to adopt but may not have all the means to fulfill that desire. By sharing the costs of adoption, we are also demostrating our commitment to share in meeting the ongoing needs of growing families in our midst.
If it is your desire to care for orphans and to help others with the adoption process, you may write a check to Crossway Church and write “Adoption Fund” on the memo line. Please understand that in order for gifts to the church to be tax deductible, monies cannot be designated for individuals or particular families. No money designated for the Adoption Fund will be used for any other purpose than meeting individual families’ needs specific to the adoption process.
While we will accept gifts from anyone, the funds are reserved to assist members of Crossway in their pursuit of adoption. We do this not for sake of exclusion, but because we as a church family are committing not only to support families through the adoption process, but to support one another sacrificially for a lifetime.
This fund is a small step toward embracing a larger vision of what God has called us to: to proclaim in word and deed that God’s grace extends to all nations. We would be delighted to have you join us! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us about it.