The Adopting God
Thank you, Christianity Today and Russell Moore, for shedding light on the responsibility—and opportunity—of adoption ["Abba Changes Everything," July]. When God chose adoption as the means by which he would save us, he knew fully what it would cost him: incarnation and crucifixion. Having made us his children, he left us in a world of orphans, exhorting us to imitate him (Eph. 5:1). What more obvious, explicit way could we do so than by rescuing forsaken children?
As the parent of two adopted children and the director of a poverty relief agency, I would tweak Moore's mandate that "every Christian is called to care for orphans." Every Christian is called to help the poor, of which orphans are but one subset. Depending on gifts and resources, all members of the body need to engage with the least of these: the hungry, the fatherless, and the imprisoned. To do so will push us past the "carnal sameness" that Moore rails against and let the church model unity in diversity.
As the parent of eight kids between ages 10 and 15—five of whom were once orphans in another country—adoption is of course heavy on our hearts. It is so hard to explain to others why we do what we do. Many say that we are either saintly or crazy. Yet how could we not? Jesus loved us enough to bring us into his family. We are only following his commands.
When people ask if we are done adopting, our response is generally "no" or "we shall see," even though we have no idea how we would afford another adoption. But God provides, and this is his journey. We are just grateful to be on it.
Original Jew for Jesus
My wife and I spent ten rather fruitless years in Bangladesh. In 1972, as a furloughing missionary at Trinity Seminary, ...1