Sunday, August 09, 2009

Orphans deserve better

I have been deeply disturbed by the advertisements I've seen for a movie coming out called ORPHAN. One time Nathan even flippantly said, "we do not need to go see that movie." Basically its a story of a child who is adopted who murders and tortures the very family that took her in. Being that we are in the midst of an adoption right now, it crushed me that they would portray such a deep need in such a negative way. Believe it or not, movies influence our thoughts and the idea that some would feel uncomfortable around a child who had no family just makes me sick to my stomach.

Then today I was encouraged when I came across a movement that felt the very same way and is doing something about it! Here is a synopsis from their website:

Orphans Deserve Better is a grassroots initiative to counter the movie Orphan. Join us in taking the side of those who cannot speak for themselves.

However far-fetched some stories are, they can still subtly shape our values and perceptions. So when a major motion picture leaves a lingering impression that orphans are damaged goods and that adoption can tear apart your life, those who know the deeper truth must speak up.

People deserve to know better. They must be told of the great needs orphans face. They should also see the joy found in loving them…and practical steps we can take to do so.

“Defend the cause of the fatherless,” urges the prophet Isaiah. We invite you to join in doing just that:

1) Send a message to Warner Brothers urging them to contribute a portion of proceeds from the movie to help orphans.

2) Share your stories of how loving an orphan can lift a child’s life and those who choose to love them.

3) Consider ways you can act to help orphans today.


Go and be a part of this opportunity to speak out and help orphans have a voice too! http://www.orphansdeservebetter.org/

3 comments:

Amanda said...

Oh my. That is so, so sad. I know it's true about movies influencing our thoughts. Remember when that movie Hostel came out? I stayed in a hostel shortly after that overseas and everyone I told, I think, gasped and said, "Oh, I'd never stay in a hostel! Haven't you heard about that movie?!"

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