Adopting a Kid, Not a Cause
Last week, Together for Adoption held its fifth annual national conference in Atlanta. That thousands of people from a variety of churches heard God's purposes for human adoption warms the cockles of this adoptive mother's heart.
According to its website, the mission of Together for Adoption is "to … magnify the adopting grace of God the Father in Christ Jesus and mobilize the church for global orphan care." It's a mission that's become an increasing priority among American evangelicals.
Russell D. Moore, who speaks at Together for Adoption events, expanded on this mission statement in a 2010 Christianity Today cover story with the provocative subtitle, "Why every Christian is called to rescue orphans."
Moore, and the rest of the Christian orphan-care movement, speaks in missional terms. Adoption is about embracing a diverse kingdom, fulfilling our duty to the needy, and proclaiming our own spiritual adoption in Christ.
When Christians discuss the personal aspects of adoption, it's often with a focus on hard realities. The confessional blog posts of author and adoptive mom Jen Hatmaker are widely re-posted in the adoption community because she tells it like it is. (I've scraped smashed banana off my walls. I hear her.) Adoption is a tough calling. Its difficulty gives weight to the mission.
Christians are right to counter dishonest, overly-romantic presentations of adoption. Adoption is a beautiful picture of God's ...1