I AM ADOPTED
Darlings, there are an estimated 201 million orphans in the world today. The majority of these orphans are in India, seconded by Africa and Mexico. Some of these orphans have lost one parent, some both, and some are “virtual” orphans that have been turned out onto the streets by their families, but all are vulnerable and in need of help. Without assistance these orphans continue in the cycle of poverty, HIV/AIDS, trafficking, prostitution and slavery that haunts developing countries.
Have you watched the movie ‘Orphan’?
It’s about a girl (an orphan) who was adopted and as soon as she came into the family, evil started happening. As in, EVIL.
It gives us a lingering impression that orphans are damaged goods and that adoption can tear apart your life.
I watched the movie with a couple of friends and a majority came to this conclusion- I WILL NEVER ADOPT ANY CHILD.
This is my view about adoption:
If you are an Anglican, you should know this song:
‘Alleluia! Not as orphans are we left in sorrow now;
Alleluia! He is near us, faith believes, nor questions how…’.
We are all orphans, you know? Adopted by God, despite our flaws.
Adoption is all about salvation. In fact, adoption is a wonderful way to describe the gospel of Jesus Christ. God is an adoptive Father. Jesus, our Elder Brother, is God the Father’s eternal, only-begotten, natural Son. We believers are his sons through adoption.
This identity is fundamental to who we are. As adopted sons, we enjoy all the rights and privileges of the relationship that God the Father enjoys with his eternal Son. To be God’s sons through adoption means that we are co-heirs with Jesus. This is an amazing reality and an eternal privilege! We will forever be God’s sons through the miracle of adoption.
The doctrine of adoption matters when it comes to orphan care. Of course, families who adopt must want and love children, but much more is needed if we are, on a macro level, to meet the needs of the hundreds of millions of orphaned and vulnerable children, and, on a micro level, to unselfishly love and the children in our homes in a way that provides answers and healing to their painful losses. Followers of Jesus Christ care about widows and orphans and they understand that it is a litmus test. Caring for orphans is not just for infertile couples or middle-aged folks who have a little discretionary money and time. It has nothing to do with personality, it has nothing to do with spiritual gifts, it has nothing to do with economic status, it has nothing to do with your season in life. It has to do with accepting the responsibility that God will one day hold us accountable.
On a macro level, our message is not just for people who are currently involved in orphan care. We believe we must remind the church of the doctrine of their adoption precisely to awaken their minds to the idea of loving some of the most vulnerable children in our world. We are convinced that our message is necessary because the global orphan crisis is massive and unacceptable. The more than 200 million children who are orphaned will never get their physical and emotional needs met without the church taking extreme action.
What should motivate the church to social action? Every single time, it needs to be the gospel. If we remove the gospel as the main motivation for the church to take action, we are left with individuals being motivated out of works righteousness.
We must have a love that is so unique, so counter-cultural, that we are able to love children that the world does not want, the kind of children whom the world deems undesirable and unlovable. This unique love can come only after drinking from the well of God’s love for his Son, which, by the wonderful grace of adoption, has been poured out to us.
Adoption is a tough calling. Its difficulty gives weight to the mission. At the same time, it’s not enough to simply send some money or place children in orphanages. God is a relational God and an orphanage is an institutional solution. The best solution is for children to be in homes with their own families.
If one family out of every four churches in the world adopted a child, there would be no orphans. I am sure we would be able to forgive our thieving politicians if they used the stolen government funds to take care of children with no homes.
I agree that adopting a child comes with its own share of challenges but if a horror movie is enough to dissuade you from showing love and adopting a child, then that child is probably better off without you.
You need to understand that adoption represents the heart of what Jesus Christ has done for … US.
Posted on January 31, 2014, in Dear Jesus and tagged Adoption, Adoption and Christianity, Helping the needy, Loving Children, Orphans, Showing Love, The Church and orphans. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.