Since we have embarked on God’s journey for our family and adopting here in the United States I have heard a certain statement more and more, and honestly it offends me, it offends my children, and I think it probably makes our sweet Lord’s heart hurt a little too.
Before I tell you the statement, please know that this does not come out of anger, but love, and a purpose to educate and get rid of just plain old ignorance.
So below is a version of the statement I and my husband have heard:
“I am so glad you are adopting in the US this time, I really don’t like it when people adopt out of the country.”
Ugh…I cringe even typing that.
For God so loved the World that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.Top of FormBottom of Form
We all know this verse right, so do you see anywhere in this verse that it says For God so loved the United States? No, and you won’t ever, because he loves the world. After all he did create it and everything in it.
So one reason I don’t like that statement is because my God, your God if you call yourself a Christian, is not contained to the United States. I will never keep him contained here and neither should you.
Do I think that the hurting children of the Unites States need our care? ABSOLUTELY! I would never argue or disagree with that. But please don’t be so close minded to think that they are the only children we AS CHRISTIANS (Notice I didn’t say we as United States Citizens) are intended to take care of. Besides knowing there are children here in need, I also KNOW that every hurting child in the WORLD needs our help and they need to know the saving grace of Jesus.
I also know that God willed and specifically hand-picked our children for our family. He has shown that to me time and time again.
So put yourself in my child’s spot.
Can you imagine how my children would feel if they heard you say this statement to us? They know they were born in another country and they have family in those countries. Whether or not you let your heart be changed about this statement please be sensitive to my children about it.
I don’t know about you but I take the Bible, God’s word to us, quite literally, and I have never once seen him specifically call us to take care of our “Own” in the States. Have you?
"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."
"And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me."
"A Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families…"
"I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me…Then the King will say, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me---you did it to me.'"
Mathew 25: 35-36, 40
"A man makes a plan in his heart, but God directs his path."
Just some truth, and a song. Bebo Norman is one cool dude.