James 1:27 is one of the most commonly sited Bible verse when it comes to caring for widows and orphans. Actually, our theology for orphan care is not based on one verse. God communicates to us throughout the Scriptures that He loves and cares for widows and orphans. I’ve listed a few below.
Are you doing your part to care for the least of these? If not, what is your next step of obedience?
God defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the alien, giving him food and clothing.
God commands us to defend the cause of the fatherless and plead the case of the widow.
We are to bring the tithe to the church so we can provide for the needs of the widows and orphans.
God is a father to the fatherless and a defender of widows. In fact, God sets the lonely in families.
The LORD watches over and sustains the fatherless and the widow.
The fatherless find compassion in God.
God is the helper of the fatherless.
God hears the cries of the widows and the orphans.
God will punish those who oppress the widows and orphans.
God will punish those who do not plead the case for the fatherless.
We are to let the widows and orphans share in our blessings.
We are to defend the weak and the fatherless.
We are not to defraud the fatherless.
We are not to oppress the widows or the fatherless.
God promises to protect the widows and orphans.
God exemplifies those who care for orphans (I.e. Mordecai adopted Esther into his family).
Job cared for widows and orphans.
God will bless those who take care of the widows and orphans.
God will curse those who withhold justice from the fatherless or the widow.
Matthew 25: 35-40
Jesus says that whenever we meet the needs of the least of these, we are serving and ministering to him.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.