Monday, July 12, 2010

Adoption

Judah has (and rightly so) dominated the blog here for the last few weeks and you will be sure to get much more of him here at everythingcrane in the upcoming weeks, months and years. But for a moment I want to share a few personal thoughts and then two quotes.

I love being a father! Every time I look at our little baby I am beside myself with love and amazement. I love Judah in a way unique to anything else I have ever felt before. I want to protect him and keep him safe; I want him to grow up to love Jesus. I'm consistently amazed at the graciousness of God for his health and well tempered disposition. He is an incredible gift from a loving and merciful heavenly Father who has treated both Leslie and I far better than we deserve. But...those feelings of love and amazement when I look at Judah are almost always followed by a stinging realization that rises up in my mind and breaks my heart. There are other babies out there right now...the same age as Judah, just as precious and just as loved by their heavenly Father who have no one to care for them, no one to show them love and no one to keep them safe and protected.

Dr. Russ Moore recently answered these two questions over on Tim Challies Blog:

How does adoption represent the Gospel?

Adoption is representative of the gospel because the gospel is an adoption. In Christ Jesus, God has declared us to be beloved children. He has welcomed us to his table, given us a family of forefathers and foremothers, brothers and sisters. And he’s granted us an inheritance, everything that belongs to Jesus, which is the entire universe. Adoption shows precisely what the gospel shows that love is not simply a matter of biology (“the flesh”) but of the Spirit.

Moreover, adoption is part of a bigger biblical theme of care for orphans and widows. When we love orphans and widows, we are simply loving Jesus by showing mercy to those whom he calls the “least of these, my brothers and sisters.”


Why should Christian families consider adoption?

Not every Christian or every Christian family is called to adopt or foster children. Every Christian is called to care for widows and orphans in their distress (Jas. 1:27). I think the first step for every Christian is simply to pray and ask for the wisdom to know how (not if!) you are called to care for widows and orphans, and then ask God for the opportunities to do so. You’ll be surprised how quickly he’ll answer this request, often in ways you don’t expect or even know yet that you’d want.

Beyond that, I think a family ought to ask whether there’s love enough and room enough in their home to welcome another child. A family ought to be sure though that they’re willing to “count the cost.” If you aren’t able to love beyond protecting your own genetic material, please don’t bring a child into that kind of situation, and work on your own spiritual condition first. If God is calling you to adopt though, I’d recommend looking around at adoption conferences or seminars in your area. There you’ll meet people who have adopted and who can help you see what would be the best situation (domestic, international, foster care, etc.) for you.

Read Dr. Moore's article entitled Abba Changes Everything from the July edition of Christianity Today by clicking HERE.

One of the best sites to go to for all things adoption is: Together for Adoption.

Jedd Medefind, president, the Christian Alliance for Orphans, gives his top 5 books on Orphans Here. (the first book he mentions is great!)


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