Wanted to post from the vault today (a few years back) for this Justice Friday. Here is a post from Tom Davis, a warrior for the placing of orphans into families. Take some time to read todays post and respond how the Spirit leads.
What is going on in our world? 153 million orphans on our planet, 27 million people are currently enslaved around the world, over 1.2 million children entering the sex trade every year, 15,000 children dying every day from malnutrition. I could go on and on. The statistics regarding what is happening in the lives of people around the world are disturbing.
“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” I Peter 5:8
Here’s a sad fact: when it comes to orphans, the vulnerable, and the poor, the truth of this scripture is overwhelming. We live in this world with an enemy. An enemy that rapes, destroys, and devours the life of every single orphan he can get his hands on. That’s the kind of low life he is. He will take advantage of an orphan, because that little orphan girl is helpless to protect herself. There is no natural, parental covering, no spiritual covering, rarely even a community covering. They are caught alone, in a blizzard of abuse and they are exposed to all of the elements. So our enemy devours them.
To devour means to destroy something rapidly and completely. I’ve seen this too many times in places like Russia and Africa. What we know is that these problems are getting worse, not better. The enemy is working overtime. The question is, “Are we?” Are we mounting a counter attack that is as severe as his attack?
An estimated 171 million children are working in hazardous conditions and with dangerous machinery, and forced to work as slaves. Hundreds of thousands of children are caught up in armed conflict as combatants, messengers, porters, cooks, and sex slaves for armed groups. In many cases they have been forcibly abducted. If you want to be sickened to your stomach and be informed about how the enemy has devoured children, see UNICEF’S State of the World’s Children Report – http://www.unicef.org/sowc09/index.php
I firmly believe that the orphan is precious to God. He created them in His image, He loves them, and His heart is broken for them. His answer to this tragedy is YOU and me. God’s people, fully alive, and living for His Kingdom. We have to utilize our influence, our relationships, and our talents to fight this enemy. As long as we sit on our hands he will continue to unleash hell and savagely kill the innocent.
Dare we continue to sit on the sidelines and watch it happen? We can’t. Not on our watch. Join the good people who have already committed to this fight. You can make a bigger difference than you ever imagined.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10