Looking back over my life I see orphans and the disadvantaged have always made their way into my life. As a teenager I babysat for a family that had different foster kids in their home every week, I never knew if I would see the same kids I saw the week before. Occasionally, the woman I worked for would tell me their story and sometimes she didn’t…I suppose to protect my naive 16 year old self. Well Self, consider yourself unprotected.
Johnny Carr opens the curtains on the messy and dark world of orphans and the disadvantaged in his latest book, “Orphan Justice.” I told people while I was reading it, “It’s a hard read, but a good read.”
Carr starts off telling you about his family and how they adopted the children they have. They are wonderful stories. Who doesn’t love a good happy ending. Let’s face it, as he does in chapter 2, bad things can happen to orphans if they are not in a good foster home or adopted. But the reason I like “Orphan Justice” so much is because the subtitle is, “How to Care for Orphans Beyond Adopting.” I know some of my hardcore adoption friends will read that subtitle and think it’s the sissy’s way out of adoption. Perhaps on some level, it is but let’s assume God doesn’t call everyone to adopt. What are those people supposed to do? I’ll go ahead and lay all my cards on the table…what am I supposed to do? Carr helps you, he helps me.
Each chapter gives you a truck load of information about orphans and the disadvantaged: HIV/AIDS, sex trafficking, racism, foster care, etc. Each of those chapters also end with ways you (by yourself), your family, and even your church can help in these areas.
I pray as others read through this book that God will tug at their heart in, at least, one chapter and make them passionate about it and want to change it.
I have a friend that confronted me once about why we hadn’t adopted a child and I told her, honestly, that it might come one day but I truly didn’t feel at peace about it in my current life stage, which at the time was an infant and toddler and a full-time job. I remember the look of judgement/disgust on her face. I think most Christians feel the same way I do. They want to help but aside from adopting an orphan what can they do? They can read this book and find something they are passionate about.