In just 6-1/2 minutes this video tells the most beautiful story.
I love the idea of adoption.
When I say this (and the rest of what I say in this post), please understand that I mean the idea of taking in a child in need, not giving up a child or assuming ownership of someone else’s child. (That part of the discussion would require a completely different post.) I wrote it entirely in response to the video above, so if you’ve not watched the video, please don’t comment. To do so is to take all my comments out of context. That said …
It seems most people approach adoption from a parent-centered perspective. From that angle, people adopt because they want a bigger family or they want a specific child or gender or status. They choose not to adopt because they like their lives the way they are and they don’t want them to change. They don’t have room or money or time for another child.
I understand all those logical arguments. I do. But it all sounds very selfish to me.
We rarely consider adoption from the child’s perspective. Instead of our wants motivating, perhaps a child’s need should move us toward action. They don’t need a giant house or a private school. It’s usually pretty simple: a home, a family. In some cases, to be rescued.
Experts advise against child-centric adoptions. I’ve read that people should never adopt in order to save a child, that the result will always be resentment. The very core of my being rebels against this thinking. After all, children are not punishments, but rewards. To me, adoption is about salvation.
Now, I’m not saying adoption IS salvation nor that the two are synonymous. Only that some parallels may be found. When the focus is on the child and not the parents, it’s a really beautiful thing.
The family featured in the video sees adoption differently than most. For them it is REDEMPTION, a way to offer hope to the hopeless. It is selfless. It is love.
“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.'” — Galations 4:4–6 (NIV)
We were orphans — by our own choice, not abandonment — and slaves, broken and lost. God stepped down from His throne to save us. He humbled Himself. He inconvenienced Himself with a much smaller house, a much less comfortable life, the ridicule of others who didn’t understand … all this so that we could be adopted into His family. All this so that we could be redeemed and have a better life.
What could be more beautiful than that?
If you have never understood God’s love for you, the hope in salvation or the truth of His adoption, please contact me. You can email me privately or leave comments below. I would love to talk with you about it! Please, please, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Adoption isn’t for everyone — (We haven’t adopted any children, though I would certainly love to, if the doors open for us!) — but it’s truths apply to all believers. Whether or not you invite an orphan into your home, you can still be involved in redemption. Reclaiming Adoption is a great book to inform you (and your church) about what the Bible says on adoption and how Christians can get behind it.
Your Turn: If you’re a believer, a born-again child of God, what does His adoption mean to you? What impact on your life has this truth made?