We Urgently Need An Orphanage

Just the other day there was a headline in Pakistan that I was not terribly surprised to see.

Supreme Court takes notice of child kidnappings rampant in Punjab  (article)

The article explains that 652 children have gone missing from Punjab this year.  The police are saying that many of the missing children were actually runaways who are running away from abuse at home.

Many of these children get turned into slaves.  They will spend the rest of their lives in a brick factory, working to make bricks for rich people – their pay $1 or so a day.30

And yet many others become the street children that roam the cities looking for food and shelter. 22

The real question is ‘Who is responsible for all the children?’

I believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the God of Ibrahim and Isḥāq.  I believe in the words of Torah, Tawrat, the Old Testament.  And in those words it is very clear what is to be done.

You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry,” (Exodus 22:21–23, ESV)

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.” (Deuteronomy 10:17–19, ESV)

You shall not pervert the justice due to the sojourner or to the fatherless, or take a widow’s garment in pledge, but you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there; therefore I command you to do this.” (Deuteronomy 24:17–18, ESV)

When you reap your harvest in your field and forget a sheaf in the field, you shall not go back to get it. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. When you beat your olive trees, you shall not go over them again. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not strip it afterward. It shall be for the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow. You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt; therefore I command you to do this.” (Deuteronomy 24:19–22, ESV)

I don’t care if you consider yourself a Jew, Muslim, or Christian – I don’t care if you say that you believe in Torah, Tawrat, the Old Testament, or the Law of Moses.  If you claim any of these beliefs, the scriptures are clear.

In feast after feast, the instructions were always to feed and take care of the orphans and widows.  ALWAYS

And you shall rejoice before the Lord your God, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite who is within your towns, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow who are among you, at the place that the Lord your God will choose, to make his name dwell there. You shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt; and you shall be careful to observe these statutes. “You shall keep the Feast of Booths seven days, when you have gathered in the produce from your threshing floor and your winepress. You shall rejoice in your feast, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite, the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow who are within your towns. For seven days you shall keep the feast to the Lord your God at the place that the Lord will choose, because the Lord your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, so that you will be altogether joyful.” (Deuteronomy 16:11–15, ESV)

In the Psalms of David, the Zabur of Daud, is written;

O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.” (Psalm 10:17–18, ESV)

“How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.” (Psalm 82:2–5, ESV)

David says that the LORD, Himself is the Father of the fatherless.  If we claim He is our God, shouldn’t we take care of the people that He specifically says are His children?

Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult before him! Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.” (Psalm 68:4–5, ESV)

Personally, I like what the man who is called the Apostle Paul wrote in one of his letters to the ancient church at Corinth.  He wrote;

For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”” (2 Corinthians 8:13–15, ESV)

Would you share from your present abundance, to allow some children to find shelter, a bed, some food?

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We truly thank you

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