Herbie Newell on Amy Coney Barrett and Orphan Sunday Coming Early

Judge Amy Coney Barrett and her seven children, including two adopted from Haiti, met President Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, at the White House last month.
Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

Each year, thousands of churches dedicate one Sunday to advocate and raise awareness for the plight of the fatherless — Orphan Sunday. Traditionally, Orphan Sunday has been the second Sunday of November; however, the focus brought by Orphan Sunday came early this year with the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

Even before Judge Barrett’s nomination was announced, the Barrett family quickly became scrutinized, not only over their religious beliefs, political leanings, and jurisprudence, but also and most critically over growing their family through international adoption.

This isn’t just a political attack — it’s an intimately personal one.

Amy and Jesse Barrett have seven children, two of whom have entered their home through adoption from the island nation of Haiti. They adopted their daughter in 2005, and then adopted their son in 2010 after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the island. In a year marked with much racial tension, strife, and division, pundits began immediately questioning this Caucasian family’s motivation for adopting children of color.

I’ve been disheartened and deeply discouraged by these questions as the families I’ve assisted for the past 17 years at Lifeline Children’s Services have been motivated by love, the commands of the Bible to care for the orphan, the needs of vulnerable children, and the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

James 1:27 states, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”

I believe that the Lord commands His people to care for and visit the orphan, not because there is a desire to “civilize ‘savage’ children,” but because family is an essential need for any and every child’s flourishing.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Herbie Newell

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