As I have mentioned before, Matt and I have always been interested in the possibility of adoption- not in the “we’re talking to an agency now” sort of way but more in a “we’re very open to this and are excited to see if God leads us down this road” sort of way. After reading Russell Moore’s book Adopted for Life this week, though, I am more passionate than ever that “as we become more adoption-friendly, we’ll be better able to understand the gospel.”
That’s why I loved this book so much. It’s not a step by step guide to the intricacies of adoption, rather it beautifully draws the undeniable parallel between our adoption in Christ and our adoption of the orphans of the world.
Moore writes, “Adoption is, on the one hand, gospel. In this, adoption tells us who we are as children of the Father. Adoption as gospel tells us about our identity, our inheritance, and our mission as sons of God. Adoption is also defined as mission. In this, adoption tells us our purpose in this age as the people of Christ. Missional adoption spurs us to join Christ in advocating for the helpless and the abandoned.”
If you are at all interested in adoption- or if you just love God- you should seriously read this book! Just think– “what if we as Christians were known, once again, as the people who take in orphans and make them beloved sons and daughters?”