I received an email yesterday informing me that November 15 is the "Annual Church of Christ Orphan Sunday" and that we are again invited to participate. The email also said that someone would call me soon to let me know exactly how we could get involved. No one has called yet, but I’m sure they will. I am always leery of emails that use 4-5 different type-styles and sizes (I don’t know why, but I always am). I’m also leery of emails that tell me that someone will call (why don’t they just call). I’m also leery of annual Church of Christ events that I have never heard of, but then I don’t get out much.
The Bible has a lot to say about our responsibility to help orphans. In the Old Testament, helping orphans was part of what it meant to be the people of God. If God was concerned about the powerless (widow, orphans and aliens), then His people must be concerned for them as well
- Deuteronomy 10:17-18-- For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.
- Deuteronomy 24:17-- Do not deprive the alien or the fatherless of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge.
- Psalm 68:4,5-- Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds— his name is the LORD— and rejoice before him. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.
- Psalm 146:9-- The LORD watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
- Isaiah 1:17-- Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.
In the New Testament, James tells us that caring for widows and orphans is part of a “religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless” (James 1:27).
Denbigh has been very involved in the care and feeding of orphans. We regularly support a brother who works with orphans in Ukraine, and many of our trips there since 1993 have focused on working with orphans. We also send significant ongoing help to orphans in Africa (we call the effort “At My Gate”) and have been making trips and sending funds to City of Children orphanage in Ensenada, Mexico.
I didn’t know there was an official annual “Church of Christ Orphan Sunday,” but it sounds like a good idea.