Doctrine of Adoption
Our reasons for adoption do not end with pure logic. We have chosen to adopt because we feel strongly that adoption is a part of the Christian life. We believe this so strongly that, after five years of prayer, we feel that God has called us to be adoptive parents.
We understand that not everyone shares these same ideals or values, and we respect alternate perspectives on the matter. However, Cyndi and I do hope that we can share our theological reasons for having a heart for adoption and have you respect our feelings as well. One thing that almost all of us can agree on is that being a parent is an amazing gift that everyone should have the opportunity to take part in.
Adoption is a very powerful concept, especially from a Christian perspective. The reasons for this are many fold but we find three theological ideas to be particularly powerful.
First, Jesus has a heart for the poor, the widowed, and the orphaned. We see this throughout the entire Bible. “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction…” (James 1:27). “Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:9). “In you (God) the orphan finds mercy” (Hosea 14:3). “You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child” (Exodus 22:22). “He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing” (Deuteronomy 10:18). “O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more” (Psalm 10:17-18 ESV). “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation” (Psalm 68:5). “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy;” (Psalm 82:3-4). You get the point. God loves kids, and he is especially concerned for those children who don’t have parents.
Secondly, even Jesus himself was adopted. One of the most potent arguments for the divinity of Jesus is that he fulfilled many prophecies given hundreds of years before he was born. Two prophecies he fulfilled, that tie directly into adoption, are the prophecy of the virgin birth (Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14) and the prophecy that Jesus would come from a very specific lineage (Genesis 22:18; Genesis 17:19; Numbers 24:17; Genesis 49:10; Micah 5:2; Isaiah 11:1,10; Jeremiah 23:5-6). Though Mary was a virgin, and therefore able to be a part of fulfilling that specific messianic prophecy, she was not descended from the right families in order to impart the correct lineage to Jesus. Joseph, on the other hand, was. Because Joseph was not the biological father of Jesus, Joseph had to legally adopt Jesus. By doing this Jesus became a legal descendant of the house of David and, therefore, he fulfilled the prophecy that the messiah would come from that line. Without adoption Jesus would not have been able to fulfill the requirements of the awaited messiah.
Thirdly, God’s entire family, every single one of his children who calls themselves a believer of Christ, is adopted. We are ALL adopted (hence the name of this site). The Bible says that “God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4-6). Through Jesus, who was adopted by an earthly father, we can become adopted by his divine Father. God loved us so much that he went to great lengths to adopt us. “In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth” (Ephesians 1:4-10). This promise of free adoption is open to everyone, regardless of their past or present circumstances. “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons…”(Romans 8:14-15). This adoption is so significant that all of creation has been watching and waiting for it since the beginning of time. It is so powerful that it gives humanity meaning to our pain and a hope for our future. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God… …For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves… groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved” (Romans 8:18-19, 22-24).
Adoption is a huge part of Christianity. As a result, we feel very strongly about being adoptive parents ourselves.