If you have known me long enough, you probably know that Kyle and I have a heart for adoption. God willing, we are prayerfully hoping to start the adoption process of welcoming another little one into our family in the next 2-3 years. It is something that has been pressed into my heart since I was very young. Since Kyle and I have been married, it is something that has been laid on our heart as a couple. It is a few years out for us before we can start that process, but in the meantime I love hearing about other adoption stories. I believe as Christians we are called to take care of orphans. For some of us that means actually adopting a child, for others it means maybe helping another family adopt. God's plan for how we take care of these children who desperetly need us looks different in every family. But I do know one thing; we are called to action. We are called to take care of those who others look past. We are called to advocate for those who have no voice.
Rylie is a young woman whom I have had the pleasure of getting to know via blogging the past few years. She is an amazing young woman, and I was thrilled when I read she and her family were in the process of adopting a little girl. You can read more about their story here. Rylie is here on SBD today to share her thoughts and her heart for adoption:
Let's talk about adoption. In today's busy, self-centered life, it is easy for things like adoption to be pushed to the wayside. There are many (somewhat-legitiment) reasons as to why people cannot/will not adopt (ps: I'm not saying every family is called to adopt, they're not), but my heart breaks for 153 million orphans & vulnerable children who need our help... And when I hear statistics that say the number of international adoptions has dropped 60% in the last six years, I'd say we're failing to hear their cries and identify with their lives.
Just know, this is written from a Christian perspective to Christian readers. Because for us, dear reader, adoption changes everything. Adoption is so intricately rooted in the gospel that we cannot ignore it nor take it for granted. Keeping in mind that each child is fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), we must not simply care for, but chase after the forgotten and the undesirables.
Let's begin by saying: Christians are not called to adopt, they are commanded (Isaiah 58:10; Deuteronomy 24:17,19; James 1:27). In his newest book, author Jonny Carr said, “If Christians are not responsible to care for the orphaned, who is?” There are over 2,000 verses in 63 of the 66 books that make up the Bible having to do with caring for and protecting the weak, marginalized, oppressed, fatherless, abused, and vulnerable. In fact, though it is not apart of the 10 Commandments, defending the poor is the most frequent law the Lord gave His people. Therefore, it is safe to conclude that justice is near to His heart. “If we have the means and the capability to care for orphaned and vulnerable children, yet fail to do so,” continues Carr, “we are in direct disobedience to God.”
Additionally, adoption is woven through the fabric of Scripture. God adopted His people (Ephesians 1:5; Galatians 4:5; Romans 8:17), so we should adopt others. God is a Father to the fatherless (Deuteronomy 10:18, 24:17-22), so we should also be fathers to the fatherless. Furthermore, we are called to help the least of these (Matthew 25:40). What is a better way to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and welcome the stranger (Matthew 25:35) than to adopt a child? Furthermore, the gospel at its heart is rescue and redemption. The Bible is a story of a Father who loved His people, despite her flaws, shortcomings, and downright rebellion. It is a story of a Father who “so loved the world that He gave His only Son” (John 3:16). It is a story of radical sacrifice and extravagant love. It is a story that beckons its followers to do the same.
To conclude (though I could give you a 10 page research essay & talk your ear off for hours), adoption is very countercultural, yet very biblical. So, why adopt? In a world filled with 153 million orphans and vulnerable children, the better question is, why not adopt? Yes, adoption is costly. Yes, it takes much time and energy. No, it does not make much sense to the unbelieving world. But may Christ’s Bride be so bold as to follow in the footsteps of her Savior, no matter the cost, no matter the time, no matter the social consequences. Throwing aside all selfish ambitions, may we as God’s people identify with the poor, marginalized, and oppressed, and through that may we see the poverty of our own hearts.
Visit Rylie's blog here and check out their giveaway.