James 1:27 says “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress …”
There’s plenty of that being practiced in Protestant churches across the country, according to a new survey by LifeWay Research.
LifeWay Research’s survey of 1,010 churchgoers — those who attend a Protestant or nondenominational church at least once a month — found 25 percent say someone from their church has been involved in foster care over the past year.
Seventeen percent say someone from their church has adopted a child from the U.S. in the past year.
“Foster care appears to come naturally for churchgoers,” said Scot McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. “It’s not surprising, since the Bible commands them to care for widows and orphans.”
People of faith are the primary source of foster and adoptive families through Buckner International. They commonly cite their beliefs as the primary driver behind wanting to care for vulnerable children, and many of the people who support our families throughout the foster process also are connected to churches.
Even Buckner itself traces itself back to its Christian roots. It’s founder, R.C. Buckner, was a Texas pastor who saw the plight of children following the Civil War and began a childrens home to care for them.
As Buckner carries forth his legacy, it seeks to continue to serve the vulnerable as Christ would. We strive to be Christ-like, have a servant spirit and are passion driven.
For us at Buckner, faith is more than a set of beliefs; it is a core principle that must be exercised daily. It is central to who we are and all that we do. We love the vulnerable in our world because God first loved us. As a result of sharing his love, lives are transformed.
And we thank God for it.
H/T Baptist Standard
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