Cell Parable: The Orphanage

The young couple looked with adoration upon their first child, a little boy.
"You are so beautiful," they cooed.
They looked up from their baby to the lifestyle to which they had become accustomed. Two high paying
jobs and exciting, demanding careers. A very expensive home and two brand new Porsche sports cars.
Vacations in Cancun, Broadway plays and season tickets to all the professional sports teams in their city.
Workouts at the health club to stay slim and trim; dinners out at expensive restaurants.
"We have been blessed," they said. "God has been so good to us."
"God has answered all our prayers."
"Our baby is going to need our church's help to grow up in faith."
"I totally agree."
"I see a problem with our independent lifestyle and raising the baby," one said.
"I see the need for things to change now that we have a baby," the other said.
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"Raising this baby would mean we would have to
grow up, and give up our self-indulgent lifestyle."
"You're right. This baby needs mature parents
who will love him with all their hearts."
"Raising this baby would mean that we would
have to put a priority on parenting and let the
other things be less important. We'd have to
change and put the children first."
"That's the sort of parents our baby needs,
honey. I totally agree."
"We're so active in our church ... leaders in so
many ministries."
"So much of God's work depends upon us."
"We would have to cut back on our church
activities and put the baby first."
"But we gain so much enjoyment out of what we
do for the Lord!  How can we give any of it up?"
They looked at their calendars, and they were
sad, for they were exceedingly busy.
"I know what we should do. We'll go see the
"Honey, I totally agree. Our pastor is so smart, so
mature, and knows all about raising kids and
being responsible."
"Exactly. Our pastor will be able to help us with
this challenge of fulfilling our ministry and caring
for our baby."
They bundled up the baby and got in the
Porsche. They looked with love upon the baby
the whole trip to the church. "You are so
beautiful," they cooed. They left the baby on the
pastor's door step, rang the doorbell and sped
The pastor opened the door and saw the baby.
"Another one!" the pastor thought, picking up the
baby. "You are so beautiful!" the pastor told the
baby, carrying him through the door into the
church. Through the door one could hear all the
other babies crying.
Source:  Seminar One: Diagnosis