Are There More Kids Than Parents?

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Brad Mathias discusses the growing epidemic of single parents in the United States and how the church should do a better job of ministering to this demographic.

You don’t have to go to the subcontinent of Africa to find an epidemic of orphaned children anymore...

Seems every week I discover another tragic tale from a teen or tween whose parents have decided to separate or divorce. A Christian teen or tween.

This blog is not just about our own kids. It’s not just about understanding the unbelievable privilege we have to raise children to adulthood, or the joy of watching our kids embrace their dreams and hopes... it's about seeing with new eyes and greater awareness in our own world. Seeing with Jesus eyes. Parenting with a Jesus heart, and with a Jesus faith.

What I’m talking about is the painful reality that there are way more kids than parents these days. Oh sure, there are lots of biological fathers and mothers and statistically there should be a consistent 2:1 ratio for conception etc... but there is a significant lack of “Parents around. Have you noticed?

Please understand, let me be SUPER CLEAR. I am not in any way judging, condemning or thrashing on single parents. Completely the opposite, I’m asking for those who are able to reach out and go intentionally to help single parents. I don’t believe there is a greater mission field in the US for the church to reach than single parent families.

If you read the Bible you are going to encounter repeated scriptural references in both the Old and New Testaments about the urgent and passionate love that God has for widows and orphans. Regardless of the cause of the single parent tragedy, in God's eyes it’s an orphaned child and widowed parent. Men and women are left vulnerable and often unjustly abandoned, desperate for someone, anyone to help.  

Consider if it’s time for you to expand your parenting eye beyond your own mini-van and over to the driveway next door. Could it be, that God is calling you, me, us... to step into the lives of those who are seriously struggling to just make it through another day. YES. Let me speak presumptuously here... YES. Definitely it's a YES. I have no doubt in my mind that if Jesus were walking the earth, He would be ardently engaged on behalf of the single family. And... since we are commanded to be Jesus to our world, I can speak with conviction in saying this is a significant and undeniable call to comfortable Christianity for us to stop being “Fans” and become “Followers” of Jesus.

So, look more, listen more... and pray more for your friends, co-workers and neighbors who are struggling emotionally, physically, financially with the incredible pressure of being a single parent. Don’t wait, engage them... they are counting on you to notice, to care and to support them.

Take the time, slow yourself down... consider this. Act upon it. Make a difference in the life of a single father or mother and love without condition, with a whole and sincere heart and watch and see what God will do through you.

If you are one of more than 20 million single parents, I want you to know... YOU ARE NOT ALONE. God is not going to “drop” you, He can’t. His nature is love. His heart is to be your solace and hope and healer. He will send you help, in every way and everyday. Look for His hands and feet in your life and hold on to Jesus.

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