Does God Play Favorites? – A trip to the Aquarium!

From Zach Farrar –

Does God play favorites? I think most of us would immediately respond with a firm “no” to that question. While we probably can’t answer that one way or another, we do know that He has a special place in His heart for certain people. Don’t believe it? Deuteronomy 10:18 says that the Lord “executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and he loves the foreigner, giving him food and clothing.” Psalms 68 says that God is the “Father of the fatherless, (and) defender of the widow.” In fact, James even says the pure and untainted religion is “caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you,” (1:27).

So, while we can’t say God plays favorites, we can say that He has a special place in His heart for orphans, the fatherless, and widows. In short, God has a special love for broken families, particularly those without a strong, godly father presence.

So how do we practically show this special love of God? At Radius and the Ezekiel Center we do it through loving, serving, and living life with inner city children in downtown Columbia. This summer we had a great opportunity to take 15 kids from downtown Columbia to the Charleston Aquarium. With a mix of 15 college students as leaders and mentors, we packed up our vans and headed out! The trip was great – the kids enjoyed singing to music (including the one and only Justin Bieber, and of course Taylor Swift). We stopped at Chick-Fil-A on the way for a quick lunch. This was a special treat since most of our kids never get a chance to eat out. Then we finished our 2 hour drive at the Charleston Aquarium. We spent three hours exploring the exhibits. The kids loved seeing so many odd creatures, including, our personal favorite, a very large-headed fish known affectionately as a “Bighead” by 4 year old Mikal.

All in all the trip was a great success. We took the kids to the aquarium for a number reasons. First, we like having fun – we believe it glorifies God and is an act of worship. Second we wanted to join God in His loving pursuit of broken families. The real treat for the kids that day was not going to the aquarium, it was having godly, affectionate love from adults lavished on them all day. The boys finally got to be tossed around by some older guys and the girls got to enjoy music and even some dancing with older girls. The true beauty and purpose of our trip was to love the fatherless and the orphan – to show those who have been deeply hurt that their heavenly Father loves them passionately. It was our great joy to practice genuine religion in loving these people, and for a brief day to shower young boys and girls with the love, attention, and affection that God desires all His children to enjoy. While we can’t say God plays favorites, we can certainly say that we are happy to join Him in His loving pursuit of broken children.

(Everyone after a GREAT day at the Aquarium!)

(Couldn’t help but post…they were quiet for just a hot second!)

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