The Holy Bible tells us that it is more important to be a father to a fatherless child than being a husband to the mother. This all too important point is often lost in relationships today where many times men will openly reject women who have children from prior relationships, or worst still, enter these unions with no intention of having a relationship with these children. As a result many women feel ashamed of these children as they are seen as a hinderance to finding a faithful life partner. This often holds true even for women who have repented according to the Holy Bible and become new creatures in Christ (2nd For 5:17). Too often they still carry with them the stigma of being damaged goods and not fit for marriage.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
In a heartwarming video that has gone viral we see a young child, Kalani Watson ask for a very special birthday present when he asks his stepfather Brandon Williamson to adopt him. The gesture brought Brandon to tears as he signed the adoption papers making Kalani his son in the eyes of the State. What is more important is the testimony recorded in Kalani’s letter to his then stepfather explaining how his love, kindness, faithfulness and discipline makes them father and son already. In the eyes of the Heavenly Father and Christ this could not be more true!
Exodus 22:21-23. Ye shall not afflict any widow, or fatherless child. 23 If thou afflict them in any wise, and they cry at all unto me, I will surely hear their cry;
Job 29:11-12 When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me: 12 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.
The Heavenly Father tells us that it is hateful in his eyes when we do not deal righteously with the fatherless child and widows. The prophet Job also states that one for the reasons why the Most High God showed him such great mercy is because he delivered the poor and fatherless that were in need and had no help. But perhaps the best example of what it means to be a true father to the fatherless and follower of Christ is recorded in the book of James 1:27
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
We salute Mr. Brandon Williamson for fulfilling this commandment and pray that he would continue to learn and grow in the commandments of God. We also pray that the hearts of those who believe in Christ would not be hardened towards those in need and take heed to the admonition of the Heavenly Father and his Christ!