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Should the reality of the Trinity inform how the church approaches caring for orphans? That’s a question I’ve been considering for a while now, and it did not take me long to become convinced that the reality of the Trinity should inform how the church approaches orphan care, and radically so. Let me briefly lead you through my thinking on this issue.

Scripture teaches that God is a communion of Persons. In other words, God is Trinity. As Wayne Grudem writes, “God eternally exists as three persons, Father Son, and Holy Spirit, and each person is fully God, and there is one God” (Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, 226). Scripture reveals that the one triune God has always enjoyed perfect loving communion as three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. For all of eternity the Father has loved the Son, the Son has loved the Father, and the Spirit has been the personal bond of that communion. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have eternally been and will forever be a loving communion of Persons. Together, they enjoy eternal belonging.

The good news of Gospel is that God’s gracious provision of adoption is the activity by which He enlarges the circle of communion that has eternally existed between the three Persons of the Trinity! God the Father sent forth His Son into the world (Galatians 4:4-5) that He might bring us to share in the loving communion that He forever enjoys with His eternal Son. Through the work of His Son God graciously brings us to participate in the reciprocal love that ever flows between Him and His Son.  It is through union with Jesus, as T. F. Torrance writes, that “we are drawn by the Spirit of the Father and of the Son into the Communion of the Father and the Son” and given the gift of belonging—family belonging.  In Christ God comes to those who are without home and hope in this world (Ephesians 2:12) and meets their deepest needs by placing them (us) in an existing Family relationship (the eternal love of the Father and the Son).

Given these two truths about the Trinity, how should the reality of the Trinity inform the church’s approach to orphan care? As Christians, we believe that every aspect of our lives is to be worked out from a center in God and not from a center in ourselves. In other words, as Christians, we are called to think from a God-centered vantage point and not from a man-centered one.  Since God is triune, therefore, we must think from Trinity-centered perspective. “In practice, however,” writes Gerrit Dawson, “we more often [think] as unitarians, rarely thinking through what the tri-unity of God means for our life together, our worship and our mission” (Given and Sent in One Love: The True Church of Jesus Christ, p. 23). I’m convinced that the reality and truth of the Trinity should push us more and more toward finding church-centered, family-based, family-friendly solutions for the global orphan crisis. God’s solution for our hopeless and homeless condition as fallen human beings was to give us belonging in His triune family. Shouldn’t that inform how the church thinks about orphan care, whether the orphans we care for are legally adoptable or not?

  • http://Website Ryan Howard

    Praise be to God for His indescribable gift! He has made us His children. As such, may we act like His Son, and bring the fatherless into our families.

    Can’t wait for the book!

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