For English I am reading literature with my 14 year old son on Courage. We read the following poem by James Russel Lowell who wrote this poem 20 years before the American Civil War....he was a staunch abolitionist! As I read and reread and reread this poem to get my head around it all - it crossed my mind...today we do not have many slaves to bother our conscience as this poem suggests it should but how many Aids orphans are there to make you chained to the slavery of currant peers in Western Christian circles, where it is common for us to grow fat and rich while saying, " we can't really make a difference to all those orphans, can we? How many did you say....something like 147 million AIDS orphans?"
I believe that if every single Christan gave financially and every single capable Christian made sacrifices and gave a home and a family to a child or more, we could indeed solve the world wide problem of Aids orphans...instead we chose to continue our luxurious lives dragging with us the heavy chains of slavery. If our own country won't let us adopt, we can support locals in another country who can adopt.
Are you a slave - not being prepared to take a minority stand and speak out for the fallen and the weak? I could never say it better than James Russel Lowell himself....even if he said it in 1843 over a differnt matter! May we look heavenward on this matter and know the heart of our Heavenly Father. If you don't know where to start, take a look here http://147millionorphans.com/. I plan to put more information on my blog about works in South Africa too over the next few weeks!
By James Russel Lowell
Come of fathers brave and free,
If there breathe on earth a slave,
Are ye truly free and brave?
If ye do not feel the chain,
When it works a brother's pain,
Are ye not base slaves indeed,
Slaves unworthy to be freed?
Women! who shall one day bear
Sons to breathe New England air,
If ye hear, without a blush,
Deeds to make the roused blood rush
Like red lava through your veins,
For your sisters now in chains,--
Answer! are ye fit to be
Mothers of the brave and free?
Is true Freedom but to break
Fetters for our own dear sake,
And, with leathern hearts, forget
That we owe mankind a debt?
No! true freedom is to share
All the chains our brothers wear
And, with heart and hand, to be
Earnest to make others free!
For the fallen and the weak;
They are slaves who will not choose
Hatred, scoffing, and abuse,
Rather than in silence shrink
From the truth they needs must think;
They are slaves who dare not be
In the right with two or three.