Obviously, the name of this site is, “The Vulnerable Project.” But who are the vulnerable? I think it helps to have some criteria in terms of what you mean when you talk about the vulnerable. So, with that being said, here are 5 things (in random order) that define who could be considered vulnerable:
- Where – where you live has a big impact on whether you could fall into the category of vulnerable. Someone who lives in Middle Class suburbia in the United States isn’t necessarily going to be vulnerable.
- Health care – do you have access to adequate health care? Is there a significant risk that you could fall ill with a disease that is potentially curable given adequate health care but is fatal in areas that don’t have it? An example? Malaria. For someone with adequate healthcare, malaria is (so I’m told) a really bad time but is rarely fatal. For people who don’t have access to medical care, malaria is highly fatal.
- Family – is the family unit together? Is there sufficient income in the family unit to keep the family alive?
- Dysfunction – is there dysfunction in the family unit? Is there abuse? Is there a fear for the physical safety of one or more family members due to abuse?
- Social Justice – are there systems in place to protect the innocent and deter or punish those who do wrong?
So, using those as guidelines, who potentially qualifies as “Vulnerable?”
- Obviously orphaned children all over the world do.
- Children in foster care do.
- Parents of children in foster care – those who are really trying – do.
- People like Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others do. People who might or might not have been violating the laws of society but who, from many viewpoints, were treated differently and treated less well because of their skin color – they do.
- Women and their children suffering from abuse and domestic violence do.
- Christians in Syria who are being persecuted and killed by ISIS do.
So, given those thoughts and those “guidelines,” what is The Vulnerable Project going to do? I’m in the process of reworking some of my thoughts on that, in light of Ferguson, in light of New York and in light of conversations I’ve been having with many people who I respect very highly.
The need to protect and assist the vulnerable has never, in my eyes, been greater.
God’s call to care for the orphan and the widow and to do justice and love mercy are or should be front and center. (James 1:27 and Micah 6
The Vulnerable Project is working on ways to do that.
I hope you’ll stay tuned and join us as we venture down this path and see what God wants us to do.