On Finding True Religion


I try to read the Proverb that matches the day’s date, so this morning in Proverbs 21, I read in verse 13 that he who shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be answered. And then in verse 15, I read that the exercise of justice is JOY for the righteous.”

Confirmations such as these verses make it my honor to be acquainted with brothers and sisters whose life work is to care for the fatherless. I have a lot to learn from the likes of friend and Arkansas native Dr. John Sowers, author of Fatherless Generation: Redeeming the Story,  President of The Mentoring Project in Portland, OR, and Session Guide at Idea Camp’s Orphan Care Conference.

The following is some encouragement for us all from him:

A couple days ago, I got a direct message on Twitter from a young lady who said, “Hey, I’m thinking about going to Idea Camp: Orphan Care. Tell me why I should.”

This was my response:

“Well… if Our God is Father to the fatherless, we, as imitators of him, cannot afford to be any less. And if James is right, that true religion is not really a cool brand of jeans, but it is taking care of widows and orphans, this is something we are all called to engage. Like Rick Warren said, ‘Orphan care is not a cause, it is a biblical mandate that we cannot ignore.’

We must all reconcile it with our faith. Each one of us must ask, what am I going to do about the fatherless and orphans? How is God calling me to step into his heart for the fatherless?

Idea Camp: Orphan Care may be the best place on the planet to prayerfully explore that conversation. There is an outstanding group of leaders and speakers and creatives that are serving as guides. These people are helping us find our calling, or strengthen our voice. They are are sharpening our focus, or helping us find best practices for those of us who are already practitioners. Idea Camp is an excellent opportunity to join a critical and compelling conversation.”

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I hope she comes. And I hope you do too.

Follow John Sowers on Twitter.

  • January 20, 2011
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