Am I My Brother’s Keeper?
Am I My Brother’s Keeper?
That question has been asked since the days of Cain and Abel in the book of Genesis.
I was troubled this morning by a story on the news of a young 10 year-old who had crossed the border with a group from Mexico into the USA and then was abandoned and all alone. Heartbreaking. And there are thousands of children crammed together in buildings near the border that are overwhelming the government and those who are trying to help. And please, before you start blasting about whose fault it is or which political party is to blame, STOP. These are children. And they are on their own in a strange country and no one they know to turn t
My question is, is there anything the ‘Church’, can do to help these children? Is this an opportunity for us all to be “good Samaritans” in a big way? (Luke 10:25-37) We all have heard the story: a traveler who is stripped of clothing, beaten, and left half dead alongside the road and is knowingly ignored by a priest and a Levite. Finally, a Samaritan happens upon the traveler. Although Samaritans and Jews despised each other, the Samaritan helps the injured man. Jesus asks which of the three travelers was a good neighbor and of course the crowd said the one who had mercy on him. Jesus replied, “Go and do likewise.” (Vs. 37)
Can we go and do likewise? This is not a problem where we can just throw money. Is there any way families might be able to take in one child to care for until all this is sorted out? (They can be fingerprinted, photographed and located if their original family is found.) Or can churches sponsor a child or some children? (Like the Bridge program.) In the meantime, they would have a church, family or individual who is personally looking out for them. I know there are churches with thousands of members in Texas and across the areas close to the borders. Could they not figure out a way to help? Could it be something churches could be involved with across the nation? I think bringing a child into your home, church and heart would be a greater blessing that can be fathomed.
We can all sit around and say it’s too much work, too much red tape or too big a problem, or not my problem, but if we all come together in prayer, I believe the Lord will open a door and a way for us to take care of the “widows and orphans” as admonished in James 1:27
I, myself, don’t know anyone with a platform big enough to get the ball rolling but thought if I put this out there someone more knowledgeable will take up the call. Please join me in prayer about this. What an opportunity for the Church, the Body of Christ, to share the love and mission of Christ to those who are so alone.
Thank you for listening.