EDMOND — Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, will speak at “The Gospel, the Church and Foster Care” set for Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Edmond.
Hosted by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, the event will focus on solutions to Oklahoma’s foster care crisis.
Author and pastor Alex Himaya, a foster care family, faith-based foster care and adoption agencies and the state Department of Human Services also will share information.
Moore discussed foster care in a recent telephone interview, which has been edited for brevity and clarity.
Q: Why did you agree to speak at the upcoming foster care rally?
A: There are several reasons. One of them is I have such respect for Hance Dilbeck and the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma that I would be there for whatever they asked me to be there for. Secondly, because the foster care issue is a priority. The church has the opportunity to immediately show the love of Christ in a very direct way.
Q: In a story you wrote for National Review, you said foster care is the key to family stability. Can you expound on that?
A: Foster care is critical for keeping families together. Often, there are situations where the family is breaking down but hasn’t broken irredeemably. In many cases, foster care is a mini-step while families work to get help to get themselves together, sometimes not. Sometimes, foster care is the beginning of something more permanent. In either case, preventing children from getting lost in a nameless system is key.
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