- Isaiah 58 says we should satisfy the needs of the hungry
- Psalm 72 says we should have compassion on the poor and the needy and rescue their lives from violence
- Psalm 74 says we should save the children of the needy
- Matthew 25 says that we are to give them drink, food, invite them in our homes, care for them when sick, etc.
Defending, in my opinion, looks different than feeding, clothing, educating, or caring for children. It even looks different than caring for their spiritual needs - to give them a future and a hope.
Defending is a term that conjures up in me a bit of patriotism in fact (wrongly, I credit patriotism for this feeling). It's justice. We, Americans should understand the need for justice over even feeding these kids (after all, isn't our immediate reaction after feeding them is trying to figure out how they can prove themselves in an income generating activity and they can be self-sustaining? aaaahhh, I digress.)
Defending the fatherless is righting the wrong. It is defending the oppressed. It's justice and we like liberty and justice for all.
So what does defending the fatherless look like? I had to think on it and this is what I came up with:
- It is defending the child whose distant relatives are trying to take away his parents' home.
- It is defending the children in which the government plans to destroy their home without giving the children an alternative place to live
- It is standing before an abusive family whom an orphan girl escaped from defending her and securing her legal documentation so she can attend school again.
- It is telling a neighborhood that they are wrong for telling children they cannot use the public bathrooms and then building those children the "best bathroom in Zeway"
I most certainly want to be a part of God's plan for this.