Stranger Danger or Love The Stranger?
Deuteronomy 10:17–19 (NKJV) "For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe. 18 He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. 19 Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt."
Love the stranger.
Easier said than done.
We teach our kids about stranger danger when they are growing up, but at what point do we teach them to love the stranger? At what point do we teach them to love the orphans, the homeless, the widows, and the marginalized? When do we show them that it is an act of Godly love to provide for strangers in need? Did anyone ever teach us to love the stranger?
For all of the frustrations and hard times that go along with being a foster family, we are happy for the opportunity to care for strangers. We have been a foster family for over two years now. We aren't perfect, and some people are easier to love than others, but we do our best to care for every person who enters our home.
Everyone asks, "Isn't it hard to send kids back to their home? Don't you want to adopt them all? Aren't they better off with you?"
I am thankful for the answer found in the scriptures above. God administers justice. I am to love them while they are in my care and trust God for their well being once they leave my care.
All life is in the care of our mighty God. My life. My wife's life. God cares for my children from conception to this moment. He cares for our foster kids and their families. You are precious in His sight. And remember, we are all strangers to someone.
As an adult, don't be so quick to say stranger danger.
Instead, be quick to LOVE the stranger that God also loves.