Recently, I attended a Christian concert with several staff members and a group of young people from Life Church. While there, a well-known, youth evangelist began to speak to the crowd about a nonprofit organization that he helps to promote. He asked how many people in the audience were pro-life. As expected, there was a loud affirmation from the audience. He then went on to tell the story of a young lady, expecting a child she didn’t want. This evangelist was encouraging her not to abort her baby, to save its life. Her response to him was something like this, “If I do this and have this baby, who is going to care about its life after it’s born?” He then went on to admonish us that being pro-life is about more than saving unborn babies, as important as that is. If we are truly pro-life, don’t we value life in all forms?
This simple call to help an organization save the lives of orphans across the world resonated with me. All life is precious. The life of an unborn child. The life of an orphan in a third-world country. The life of a rebellious teenager. The life of an elderly man and all the lives in between. We, as the Church, are called on to help lives in need.
Matthew 25 says, “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why: I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’ (The Message)
For 58 years, Tupelo Children’s Mansion has provided a sanctuary for shattered lives. The abused, the neglected, the unwanted, the orphaned. The ones who may have been overlooked or ignored by others. What a needed ministry! If you are interested in doing more to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our world, I encourage you to visit our website at http://www.mansionkids.org/