Charge to Compassion is intended to help Christians grow in understanding, love, and zeal for those involved in the foster care system in the Philadelphia area.
This is a blog that has to do with need because there are families who are in an existential crisis and need help from outside of themselves and their resources.
This is a blog that has to do with opportunity. Not the type of opportunity where someone is taken advantage of but the type where someone is shown unexpected love and told “Jesus loves you even more than this…”
This is a blog that has to do with calling. In the Bible, Paul refers to Christians as ambassadors of Christ meaning that the church will say and do the words and actions that Jesus would say and do so…
…this is a blog that has to do with character of God and specifically with the compassion and love that he shows to his children, the vulnerable, orphans, widows,…those who he yearns to draw near to himself.
You can expect this blog to highlight real needs, present actions that Christians can take to run to and not from those needs, underline the charge to share the love and hope that is within us, and in all things to point towards God, in whom we live and move and find our being.
What’s with the Name?
Charge was selected because it has a few pertinent meanings:
- As a noun, charge can mean “anybody committed to one’s care or management.”
There are a lot of words that have been applied to children in out of home placement: foster child, orphan, vulnerable child, ward of the state. I prefer the term “charge” because it maintains the dignity of both the child and the parent while emphasizing an important point, there is another person in the equation that is responsible for caring for this child.
- Charge can also mean “a duty or responsibility laid upon or entrusted to one” as in the hymn “A charge to keep have I”
Parents have been entrusted by God to care for the souls of their children. This is a sacred stewardship that applies equally to children in a home by birth and children staying in the home. The church also has a charge to “visit orphans and widows in their affliction.”
- As a verb, charge can mean to press forward in an organized way as in a military charge.
The goal of this blog is to galvanize the church to press forward into the compassionate one who is called the Father to the fatherless and who has created us, rescued us, and has graced us for this work [Eph 2:8-10].