Monday, June 4, 2007

Endorsements, Part Four

C. B. Scott's Resolution on Victimized Children RESOLUTION ON RESCUING VICTIMIZED CHILDREN WHEREAS, The Christian faith cannot be separated from a prioritized concern for the welfare of children, especially those from broken and abusive homes (James 1:27); and WHEREAS, The Lord Jesus Christ commands his church to receive children as heirs of the Kingdom of God by modeling a genuine concern for his little ones and by warning sternly those who would victimize them (Matthew 18:6; 19:14); and WHEREAS, Research shows that violent physical and sexual crimes against children have escalated in our nation; and WHEREAS, This abuse has occurred too often in churches and homes -- which ought to be places of shelter and safety -- at the hands of family, educators, ordained clergy and ministry workers – who ought to be trusted persons of authority; and WHEREAS, Children who suffer physical and sexual abuse by their own families and ministers are especially in need of prayer, ministry, pastoral care, and love by faithful Christian parents; and WHEREAS, Baptist children's homes seek to provide resources for churches who seek to adopt, foster, and minister to victimized children who have been neglected by the world; and WHEREAS, Southern Baptist churches have a responsibility to provide encouragement, support, and resources for Christian parents who seek to adopt, foster, and minister to victimized children; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention, meeting in San Antonio, TX, June 12-13, 2007, express our grave concern that our society has failed to maintain a culture of security and safety for children; and be it further RESOLVED, That we urge all Southern Baptist churches to invest sacrificially in the ministries of Baptist children's homes that seek to redeem God's precious little ones from the abusive environments that threaten to corrupt their innocence; and be it further RESOLVED, That we call upon Southern Baptist churches to intentionally utilize the resources of our churches for the purpose of rescuing victimized children from abusive homes; and be it further RESOLVED, That we urge all Southern Baptist families to consider welcoming into their homes through foster care and adoption those victimized children who most desperately need their nurture, support, and encouragement; and be it further RESOLVED, That we recognize God will bring to justice both those who have abused children and also those who neglect opportunities to minister to them; and be it finally RESOLVED, That we pray for every child who has been abused in our land, asking God to heal their deep emotional and physical wounds, grow them into mature and healthy adults, and stop the cycle of abuse from repeating itself in another generation. Bro. C. B. and I share similar interests when it comes to this resolution. Not only do we agree, but we also agree passionately and with deep personal connection. In the discussion here you'll see that I proposed an amendment. But let me make myself perfectly clear: I plan to vote for this resolution precisely as it is. The amendment I discussed is not necessary, and I wouldn't want to do anything to take away from the main thrust of this resolution.

9 comments:

Paul said...

I left this same comment over on CB's blog:

"Bart's amendment is a worthy one. However, my wife and I have found that the foster care system is so overwhelmed right now that there have been absolutely no obstacles here in Oklahoma for a Christian pastor's family to foster children.

Nevertheless, such a provision would be a safeguard should things change in the future.

I will raise both hands on this one."

Jack Maddox said...

Count me in! As a foster parent of 2 in Texas I constantly encourage folks to pray about stepping up. The church really has a great opportunity here. In Texas, as long as you do not violate the parents rights in religious upbringing(and most could care less)then you are free to evangelize. I work with the case workers and I am very up front. Our agency also knows who we are and what we are about. I cannot speak for everyone but our experience has been very positive.

I might add that our church is doing wonderful also with this ministry. Both of my foster children are non Caucasian (one Mexican and One African American) and it is not even remotely an issue. And I pastor a rural church!

Jack

Les Puryear said...

I would be proud to have an opportunity to vote "YES" for this resolution.

Les

OKpreacher said...

Bart,

This is a very needed resolution. Thanks

OKpreacher

Bart Barber said...

Thank you all for what you say and what you do for this cause.

Bart Barber said...

Jack,

I am encouraged to hear of your positive experience with the Texas foster care system.

Bro. Robin said...

It has my yes vote!

Rev. said...

Amen.

Bart Barber said...

Rev,

Have you been pondering the matter all this time?