Finding the Fatherless: A Call to Fill the Gap

It was my sophomore year in college. I sat frustrated in the office of our campus minister, Chad. I don't exactly remember what I was frustrated about, just that I needed to vent and I knew Chad would listen. We had only recently been introduced, but he was intentional about meeting with me. Initially, I wasn't interested. It appeared we had nothing in common. Chad is white. I'm not. He is short. I'm not. He listens to bluegrass music. I didn't, still don't, and likely never will. However, since he showed great interest in me I decided to accept his invitation to hang out, which we ended up doing about twice a week, meeting on campus to talk about life and Jesus, and my issues with authority, girls, and people in general.

Those were my issues in those days, and though I don't remember the precise problem I was ranting about in his office, it most likely had something to do with that. Take your pick. I went on and on as Chad listened patiently. Once I finished, he looked at me intently and said something that hit me like a ton of bricks: "Phillip, you have daddy issues."

Who Is the Orphan?

Scripture has plenty to say about the orphan and our responsibility to them. We're instructed that our neglect of the orphan reflects the purity of our faith before the Father (James 1:27). We're warned that mistreatment of the orphan is punished by the wrath of God (Exodus 22:22–24). We are also exhorted to seek justice for the orphan (Psalm 10:8, 82:3). Since Scripture is our guide for living faithfully in this fallen world, we cannot afford to ignore the orphan if we desire to follow Christ.

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