I’ve been reading a book about adoption this past week called “The Spirit of Adoption” and the message has really spoken to my heart. I pray that in the future, I can be an adoptive parent to a child in need. There are many reasons I would want to do so. This book talks about one of the reasons, which is the war on children…How, first of all, if abortion doesn’t kill a child, then surely divorce will assualt them. If that does not work, then there are further attacks in the forms of child abuse, child pornography, child molestation, child slavery, and child soldiers. If you are pro life, then one way to show that is to turn your hearts toward the orphans in this world…adoption is our faith being worked out. It is a proactive life movement.
Something else that this book pointed out to me that I had never noticed was that there were quite a few deliverers in the Bible who were adopted. Often, these deliverers were preceded by a battle against the children. One of these deliverers was Moses. At a time when Pharaoh was trying to get rid of all the baby boys in Egypt by having the midwifes kill them, Moses was somehow saved from this death. When he got to big to hide, he was set in the Nile River and discovered by Pharaoh’s own daughter, who raised him as her own (adopted him). The book I’m reading put it this way:
“Within the house of Pharaoh, a deliverer grew stronger every day. He lived in the very palace that had called for the war against children, and yet the adoption spared the life of this deliverer to come.”
Another adopted child who became a deliverer for God’s people was Esther. She was taken in by Mordecai, her cousin, who raised her as her own. Esther was able to rise up and deliver the Jews in the hour of need due to her influence with the king.
Lastly, another man who was born without an earthly father. His mom was Mary and was engaged to Joseph. This is a quote from “The Spirit of Adoption”:
“This was not a child conceived by an errant fiance in a one night stand. This was not an embarrassment. Shame was not the destiny of this child. No, He would be a deliverer. Jesus needed a father figure on earth that could protect His mother, raise Him properly, and teach Him a trade.”….”Joseph wholeheartedly adopted the Son of God, and in doing so, played a role in the salvation of the human race.”
This was a different viewpoint than I had ever taken on these Biblical figures. I think these stories are significant. “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” James 1:27. Are we living out true religion? Are we really prolife? or do we just talk the talk? There are other ways to get involved other than adopting. Helping in a crisis pregnancy clinic, volunteering in some way, helping adoption agencies….fostering…
Check out this link to see more about the Hands and Feet Project that Audio Adrenaline (the singers in the video) started in 2004 to help orphans in Haiti:http://www.handsandfeetproject.org/home