15 August 2010

Risky Business

"Safe? Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the king I tell you."

That's Mr. Beaver, telling the children in Narnia about Aslan, the lion-king.

Today's message at Woodmen Valley Chapel reminded me of that. Jimmy Dodd taught about getting outside your comfort zone, about going and caring. (Sermon will be available here soon. The first sermon in the series is already available.)

He went on a trip to China with his son. As you know, Chinese parents are allowed one child, and they want a boy - if they don't have a boy, there will be no one to care for them when they get old. As a result, many girls are abandoned and wind up in orphanages. Jimmy asked what happens to the girls. "Well, when they get older, they're not so cute, so they don't get adopted." Then what happens? "Some find a job; most wind up in prostitution." So those little girls turn into women, staring at a ceiling.

While some man - who might give them enough food to get through the day - abuses them.

That's heartbreaking. So Jimmy came back, and started looking into adoption. When the approval came, he and his wife dropped everything, flew to China, and came back with their little girl. God was still stirring in their hearts. So they prayed, "Lord, why shouldn't we go back?" Notice the difference - not 'why should we go?' 'Why shouldn't we go?'

Why shouldn't you go?

None of us were born into God's family. We were adopted. All of us. "Church is a gathering of rescued children." Why don't we give back? There are one hundred orphans in Colorado Springs - according to some, this city is the evangelical capital of the world. So why are there 100 orphans?

Every Christian must be involved in orphan care. It's part of the job description. Is there a risk? Of course there's a risk. To go outside your comfort zone, to go after the heart of God, there's a risk. But my friends, safety is an illusion. We don't know what tomorrow will bring.

Mike Fox, a successful businessman who gave up his fortune to help orphans, also spoke. Great man. "When you're in God's will for your life, risk avoidance is not an option." He runs The Global Orphan Project - check it out. Get involved. I'm exploring options for a mission trip with them.

As for Aslan? As for Jesus? 'Course He's not safe. But He's good.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. - James 1:27

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