Foster parents of any stripe need help from the church. We (married) had two natural children then fostered a two-year-old we later became guardians to. We had good church inclusion because we were pretty “regular” (like everyone else). Making yourself different by being a single mom, especially with children of another race, opens you to a world of hurt and greatly increased understanding of others who don’t fit the “regular” mold.
Hebrews warns us that the danger of being hardened and deceived by sin is a possibility for all of us. I will continue to read his books and pray for the future of his ministry.
Transparent investigations like this are preventative. Potential abusers know that there is a greater risk that they will be exposed and suffer the consequences.
This pandemic has forced all of us to rely on social media to stay connected with our brothers and sisters. But there is a cost. Instead of the approval of God, it is the approval of others we seek through likes and dislikes and ratings. Instead of telling truth, we perform for others.
As a military chaplain, I’ve had the opportunity to do premarital counseling with couples prior to one of them deploying. Too often, however, things like family traditions or cultural expectations prevent them from being able to have a ceremony in a church before one of them deploys. I have on occasion advised couples to get a courthouse wedding that allows the one left behind to get the civil benefits ...1
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