“I heard you took 4 kiddos into your home…Why would you do that?”
This was the question posed to us a few months ago. It was innocent, and yet, very misguided. The question came from an elderly Christian who had spent their entire life in the church. Honestly, we were thrown back by the question and the only response we could think of was, “Why would we not do it?”
The early church made waves, because they chose to do things that were radical, abnormal, crazy and full of love. Now it seems that when people decide to do something truly Gospel driven they get the most push back from ‘comfortable Christians’ within the church. These individuals simply don’t understand why someone would want to lay their own life down to serve the ‘least of these’.
Hear our hearts, we have no desire to cast stones at anyone, because on our best days we are still highly imperfect individuals and we know even on the church’s best day it is still filled with highly imperfect people. But, we do desire for people to start ‘getting it’, to start living out the Gospel in evident ways. That is why we hope our lives are a canvas for God to paint His story in all it’s beauty and messiness, to encourage others that although this work is hard, it is possible and even rewarding.
What if it became the ‘norm’ in the church to take care of the ‘least of these’? To live out true religion by taking care of widows and orphans, to be the good Samaritan to our enemies, to forfeit our gain for the gain of others, to act like the early church and pull all our resources together to serve others in the body and show the world who Jesus truly is not only through our words, but our very lives. How would the world respond to that church?
The world has heard about our Jesus, but isn’t it time we as Christians start showing them our Jesus?
Yep, we took in four foster children. Why would we do that? Because, despite our huge imperfections, the Gospel compelled us to do so.