For months now, adoption has been a constant thought in my head. I am thankful for my friend, Missy, whom the Lord used to spur me in this direction. While Jason and I have casually mentioned adoption throughout dating, engagement, and marriage, lately it has become more than casual conversation. The force is in motion. The proverbial wheel is turning.
Did you know…
- In America, more than 134,000 children are waiting for a permanent home. This means they are waiting for a permanent family.
- The average age of children waiting to be adopted is 8.
- More than 26,000 children A YEAR turn 18 without ever being adopted. My mother-in-law was one of those children.
Statistics taken from the latest issue of Southwestern News.
Do these numbers affect you the way they do me?
For a while, I thought of adoption as being a good thing, but I am beginning to see adoption as the right thing. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not saying every person is required to adopt or some such. But, as I have been reading more and more about adoption and the “theology of adoption”, a slight shift has occurred in my thinking– I am gaining a personal sense of duty. Christian duty. Not obligation in the sense of feeling required by force to do something. But motivated out of love and gratefulness to want to do something. After all, we have been adopted by the most Holy Father and become heirs with Christ (a la Romans 8 and Galatians 4). Isn’t adoption a natural emulation of that grace which God has shown us? Not to mention the myriad of Biblical references to adoption, orphans and the fatherless. The story of Moses is one of the most clear and powerful illustrations of God’s use of adoption. Moses himself was adopted into the house of Pharaoh and in turn, led Israel, God’s adopted nation, out of Egypt. It seems to me that bringing a child into your home through the power of adoption is at the very heart of the gospel. A father to the fatherless.
Romans 8:12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.
In just this area, the DFW metroplex, there are hundreds of churches and thousands of church attenders. Think of the impact if just 5,000 of those believers committed to adoption. By the way, 5,000 couples/families is NOT that many. There are singlechurches in this area with double and triple (and more!) that amount in attendance every single week. It would pretty much wipe out the foster care system right now in this area. How amazing that would be. What a testament to the grace we have been shown.