Monday, July 4, 2011

Break Our Hearts For What Breaks Yours: Thoughts on Adoption

Thinking about planning our family has gotten me thinking a lot about family in general and what it means.  Before God created the heavens and the earth, there was family.  Before the first man, there was family.  This is because our God has perfect communion within himself, in the three persons of the trinity.  God did not need to create human beings to worship him and validate his Godness. He did not create human beings to fill His loneliness. No. God in His great love for us chose to adopt us as sons and daughters of Christ. As a family. Each of us, not the only child, not more loved than any other, but adopted; heirs to all that is Christ's kingdom.

In the past few months, Kemi and I have been hearing/reading/thinking/ a lot about adoption.  Maybe the Lord has put this on our hearts because He desires for us to pray for those that are considering adoption, or are in the process of adoption. Maybe we are to be praying for the fatherless.  No matter what, we remain open to what God seeks to do in our lives. We believe His plans for our life are more than we could ever plan for ourselves.  God knew our future children before the foundation of the world, and planned them for us. All we can do is pray to be able to say yes when He calls us to.

Recently, we read something that truly shocked us.  What we read said that there are three times more Christian congregations than there are children in the U.S. foster care system.  We re-read that over and over, thinking that it couldn't be possible.  That is to say that if one family from every Christian congregation in the U.S. adopted one American child, there would be no more orphans in the United States.  God gave the Church instructions to care for the fatherless, but it seems we are allowing the government to do our job.  Life is valuable in the womb, and that life is just as valuable at one, ten, or eighteen years.

Adopting a child can't be easy. That child will grow up and they will have questions. But responding to the call of our faith is not always easy and requires being pushed and stepping outside of what is comfortable.  The following video really convicted me.  If we pray about this calling, we will all come up with a lengthy list of objections.  If you cross off all the objections that have to do with you, there likely won't be any left. Don't underestimate what God can do!

While I don't mean to imply that every family is called to adopt, I do think many are called that do not heed the call.  For families that are not called to this special vocation, there are many, many other ways to support those that are being called.  Kemi and I couldn't believe this statistic and spent most of the evening talking about ways that the Church could better encourage families discerning this calling.  We are personally so thankful that God has truly broken our hearts for the things that break His.  "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress..." James 1:27
I believe God calls looking after orphans and widows "pure and faultless religion" because it is a direct imitation of what God the father does for us in adopting us as His sons and daughters.

I know we'll be praying about how God is calling us to respond, and maybe you will too. Consider checking out Mac Powell of Third Day and his wife Aimee's testimony about their son's adoption.

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