Why adoption? Why not have another biological child?
This is probably the number one question we have been asked since making our adoption journey public – as infertility is not our reasoning behind adopting (not that it isn’t a good reason, it’s just not ours).
The simple answer is: God has called us to adopt. The more detailed answer lies in the “Why” God has called us to adopt.
We believe adoption is a Biblical mandate. No, we don’t believe that every family out there is called to adopt but we do believe every Christian is called to care and love the orphan – in one way or another.
James 1:27 says: Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Deuteronomy 10:18 says: He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.
Psalm 68:5 – 6 says: A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families.
These are just a few example of our Lord’s heart for the Orphan. “God places the lonely in families.” We have been called to be one of those homes. The Bible holds accounts of greatness from orphans – Moses and Esther are two. The Lord has a heart for the Orphan. So much so that he sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins so that we could live – and have Him as our Father. We are the adopted children of God the Father.
Why Adopt? In their book “The Spirit of Adoption,” Randy and Kelsey Bohlender state “Adoption is to abortion as the underground railroad was to Slavery.” Adopting is the legs to being pro-life. Being pro-life isn’t simply something you say, it’s something you are. We firmly believe that the Body of Christ is called to adoption. The Lord has put adoption in our lives as a response to abortion – it is our reaction; it is love.
Lastly, it’s about Storing Up Treasures. Matthew 6:19 says “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” To adopt a child is to store up a treasure in Heaven – it is a Kingdom move. It impacts eternity. And yes, it costs money, a lot of money. For us, adopting means turning down some of those earthly treasures. It means fewer decorations on our walls, it means driving our cars until they quit, it means putting off or altogether forgoing remodeling our bathroom, it means our children sharing bedrooms, it means off brands and garage sales. But for someone it means LIFE, if means family, it means love and for us it means treasure.
Thank you for being a part of this treasure called adoption.