Adoption: The period to the pro-life sentence

By Chelsea Patterson
Jan 22, 2014

Adoption is the period to the pro-life sentence. Without an adequate discussion on adoption, the pro-life conversation is merely a fragment instead of a complete sentence.

Within the pro-life community, it's now in vogue to discuss orphans and adoption. Churches have a Sunday dedicated to it (Orphan Sunday), pictures of orphans float around the internet and people get warm, fuzzy feelings from discussing adoption. But the fact of the matter is, the topic is more talked about that acted upon. We are faced with the reality that there are more than 150 million orphans around the world without a home, a caring family, love or hope.

The solution is not as simple as slipping on a trendy bracelet, running a 5k or attending a benefit concert. While those are all good things, the solution is much deeper, more challenging and yet, incredibly rewarding.

The solution is the church.

Why should the church love and care about the orphan? Because God does! It's as simple as that. We should care about the things that God cares about. We should love those whom God loves. As Psalm 68:5 says, "God in his holy dwelling is a father of the fatherless and a champion of widows."

We should allow our hearts to be broken for the things that break God's heart. God designed the family specifically and intentionally to have a mother and a father. But as a result of the fall and sin entering the world, the family structure that God intended doesn't always happen. As children of the most high we must seek to bring restoration through Christ to a broken world--including to the orphan.

Who did Jesus intentionally seek out while he was doing his earthly ministry? The least of these. The sick, the outcast, the children, the sinners. Those who most Americans shy away from, those who most Americans build their perfect little lives in order to avoid. We don't want to "get dirty", we don't want to love until it hurts and we don't want to sacrifice.

The Great Commission is beautifully and accurately displayed in adoption. God commands his followers to go into all the world making disciples. One of the best ways to make disciples is through the family.

Not everyone is called to adopt, but everyone is called to obey James 1:27. Just as every Christ follower is commanded to obey the Great Commission, everyone who identifies themselves as God’s child must also seek to obey God’s commandment to take care of the orphan.

There are a few ways that orphan support can look like:

  1. Adopt a child.
  2. Assist others in their adoption of a child by providing emotional and spiritual support.
  3. Give. This can include so much more than just money (although that is desperately needed since adoption can be expensive.) Providing a meal, babysitting so that new parents can have a date night, or any other host of things that might help out and show the love of Christ.

The Lord has chosen for his church and his people to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth. John Piper said it well when he stated that, “The gospel is not a picture of adoption, adoption is a picture of the gospel.” 

I was an orphan–both physically and spiritually. My story began in Romania with a 19-year-old unwed girl who wasn’t able to take care of me. The Lord sovereignly chose adoption for me. I am blessed. A man and a woman made a decision that radically altered my life forever when they traveled across the world and chose me as their daughter.

Adoption saves lives. Adoption changes lives.

The Lord has displayed ultimate adoption by paying the highest price in order to redeem his children. He sought you, found you and declared you to be his child. God has chosen to show unfailing love to his children. Will you choose to show love to the children that are desperately in need of someone to show them Christ’s love?

Further Learning

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5 Comments (post your own) feed

1 On Jan 22, 2014, at 9:08pm, Loyde Castle wrote:

Older children and siblings are generally not chosen when parents are considering adoption.  Many times one sibling is adopted leaving the others in foster care.

2 On Jan 23, 2014, at 4:47pm, Bill Abernathy wrote:

My wife and I were devastated when our 8-month old adopted daughter was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. The adoption agency suggested that we return her to them, since we had requested a normal, healthy infant. We declined that offer; although we had no idea what obstacles we would face. When she was a year old, Laura began to call me Abba. I learned Abba means Father or Daddy, a word from the Aramaic Language, spoken by Jesus. I found that Romans 8:15 says “you received the Spirit of Adoption. And by him we cry, Abba, Father.” I believe God speaking to me thru our baby, saying “When you were saved, I adopted you into My Family with all of your sin and imperfection. I now expect you to adopt this child, with her physical imperfections, into your family. You love and accept her as I have loved and accepted you.”  I found myself humbled before a merciful God and at peace about our decision to accept, love & adopt Laura into our family. Adoption = the Salvation Experience.

3 On Jan 24, 2014, at 8:49pm, Sara wrote:

Hey Chelsea!
I’m your old neighbor Sara. I LOVE this article!

4 On Jan 28, 2014, at 6:53pm, Colin Willis wrote:

Dear sister this article is great. I encourage you to keep writing. I love the way you made the connection between adoption and the gospel. Christians including myself often forget that God has adopted us (those who believe and trust in Jesus Christ) to be a part of His family through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Lord willing if I ever get married I want to adopt at least one child if not more. Adoption is a great picture of the gospel.

he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, (Eph. 1:5)

Grace and Peace

5 On Jan 29, 2014, at 9:25am, Perry Hancock wrote:

Thank you, Chelsea, for your message and your passion. Adoption ministry is certainly Kingdom work. I believe that the new generation of young couples are seeing this vision more clearly than my generation did. We just sponsored our first orphan conference and I was so encouraged by those attending. May God continue to use you as a voice for His orphans.

Perry Hancock, PhD, President & CEO
Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home & Family Ministries

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