A small flame

A small flame

It's about the Gospel

For believers, adoption is such an important concept, both theologically and practically! Over the past few months, I have become convinced that adoption - the actual, physical adoption of children - is an issue that ought to be relevant to every believer. If we claim the name of Christ and profess to value the Gospel, then adoption is our responsibility. Adoption ought to impact all our lives in some way.

"Adoption is, on one hand, gospel. In this, adoption tells us who we are as children of the Father. Adoption as gospel tells us about our identity, our inheritance, and our mission as sons of God

Adoption is also defined as mission. In this, adoption tells us our purpose in this age as the people of Christ. Missional adoption spurs us to join Christ in advocating for the helpless and the abandoned. . . .

We believe Jesus in heavenly things – our adoption in Christ; so we follow him in earthly things – the adoption of children. Without the theological aspect, the emphasis on adoption too easily is seen as mere charity. Without the missional aspect, the doctrine of adoption is too easily seen as mere metaphor. . . . As we become more attuned to the gospel, we'll have more of a burden for orphans. As we become more adoption-friendly, we'll be better able to understand the gospel. . .

Adoption is not just about couples who want children – or who want more children. Adoption is about an entire culture within our churches: a culture that sees adoption as part of our Great Commission mandate and as a sign of the gospel itself.

What would it mean if our churches and families were known as the people who adopt babies – and toddlers, and children, and teenagers. What if we as Christians were known, once again, as the people who take in orphans and make of them beloved sons and daughters?

Not everyone is called to adopt. No one wants parents who adopt children out of the same sense of duty with which they may give to the building fund for the new church gymnasium.
But all of us have a stake in the adoption issue, because Jesus does. He is the one who tells us his Father is also “father of the fatherless” (Psalm 68:5). He is the one who insists on calling “the least of these” his “brothers” (Matt 25:40) and who tells us that the first time we hear his voice, he will be asking us if we did the same.

. . . you have a stake in the adoption issue, even if you never adopt a child. There's a war going on around you – and perhaps within you – and adoption is one crucial arena of that war. With that in mind, there are perhaps some changes to be made in our lives. For some of us . . . changes the makeup of our households. For some of us, I hope it helps change our monthly bank account balances. For all of us, I hope it changes something of the way we say “brother” and “sister” in our pews next Sunday and the way we cry out “Father” on our knees tonight."

- Adopted for Life pp 17-21

1 comment:

Wendy said...

Hi Rachel!

Just read your blog on adoption and wanted to thank you for highlighting the importance for Christians to embrace it! So true!

My name is Wendy and I am an adoption coordinator with a company called Adoption Answer. We work throughout the United States in helping place newborns in Christian homes in private domestic adoptions. We are a ministry to pregnant girls by being a shoulder to them, providing for their physical needs, and presenting the gospel. We are His hands and feet.

Because we work with a limited number of families, our match time averages 1-4 months.

If you know of any Christian couples in your church or elsewhere, please encourage them to send me an email. I would love to help them on their adoption journey.

Thank you for giving a shout-out to adoption! May our Lord bless your "ramblings!"