My husband and I adopted 4- and 6-year-old brothers from Ethiopia just over a year ago. After reading David Crary’s piece titled “Challenging time for Christian adoption movement,” I felt compelled to send a quick note in response to his statement that, “Some evangelicals are so enamored of international adoption as a mission of spiritual salvation — for the child and the adoptive parents — that they have closed their eyes to adoption-related fraud and trafficking. ...”
May I suggest that most people in this country are so enamored of self-seeking pleasure as a mission of their lives, that they have closed their eyes to the cold hard truth that there are many, many orphans who legitimately need a family.
Adoption is not a means of salvation. That work has already been done. Adoption is obedience to God’s command to care for orphans and widows, and to defend the fatherless. Adoption is not about the needs of the people. It’s about the authority of Jesus Christ.