The One Battle Foster Parents Fight That Goes Entirely Unseen

This means it’s entirely possible for us to be against the destructive actions of biological parents but still for the redemptive pursuit of their souls. We can be against what they’ve done but still for them. Let me say that again, we can simultaneously be against what they’ve done but still for who they are. They are humans. They are not the Enemy. Broken humans in need of redemption.


In the grand, unseen spiritual battle raging around us, Satan is the ultimate Enemy and we are not the hero. Jesus is. This is not a condemning statement, but for those entrenched in the battle of speaking and standing for those who cannot speak and stand on their own, it’s an incredibly freeing and refreshing one. One of the most gracious gifts given to us in the gospel is freedom from the burden to be the hero of anybody’s story, including our own. Of course we are still responsible to fight for the best interests of the kids we are caring for, but with Jesus as the Hero we are free from the need to bear the weight of redemption that only He was ever intended to carry. With Jesus as the Hero foster care is not an overwhelming struggle that seems hopeless at times but is simply another vivid expression of a spiritual battle in which the victory of beauty will eventually triumph over the vices of brokenness. With Jesus as the Hero the struggles will be real for us but they do not have the power to defeat us; they will be heavy upon us but they do not have the power to break us; the Enemy will seek to destroy us but he will not have the power to prevail over us. This is the confidence upon which we intercede on behalf of these kids. This is the hope which steadies us even as the war rages on around us.

Foster Parents: Thank you for doing what you’re doing on behalf of these kids. In stunningly beautiful ways you are putting the gospel on display with great vividness and clarity – standing for them where Jesus has stood for you and pointing to Him as the true Hero in all of this. As the battle rages on know that God is not asking you to be or do anything only He was ever intended to be or do. He’s simply asking you to be faithful and to trust Him with the rest.

With Jesus as the Hero, we don’t have to be.

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This post originally appeared at If you enjoyed it, please check out these other posts on foster care from Jason:

Three Things Foster Parents Don’t Have to Be

Wrapping Around Foster and Adoptive Families

The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Marriage in Foster Care

Christian Parents: Now More Than Ever, We Need to Raise Persecution-Ready Kids

Jason Johnson
Jason Johnson
Jason is a foster and adoptive father and regular writer and speaker on orphan care related issues. After growing up in a ministry home in Dallas, TX Jason attended Texas A&M University and began working at a church during his time there. After graduating in 2002 he began his pastoral ministries studies at Dallas Theological Seminary while working in ministry full-time. In 2008, alongside a core team of people in the North Houston area, he planted a church with the Acts29 Network through which he helped co-found The Orphan Care Network, a non-profit committed to serving, supporting and equipping foster and adoptive families. You can catch Jason writing at, and also follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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