Sunday, March 4, 2012

Adoption: How To Save Someone’s Life

It was a custom in ancient Rome for a father to decide if he wanted to keep his infant children.  Many fathers chose to reject their babies, especially their daughters.  Rejection usually meant the child was taken to a barren place where she eventually died from exposure or was taken away by a wild animal.  This hatred for their own children was a symptom of a worldview, a common thought process that would eventually destroy the structure of the family and a civilization of people.

Christians believe that truth is eternal. New truth cannot be manufactured.  It can only be discovered.  “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)  It is not at all surprising to see that human behavior hasn’t changed much in 2,000 years.  Just like the ancients, we are still sinful creatures.  Modern man affirms daily “that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) 

Modern culture is filled with people who hate their children.  In the U.S. alone we have murdered 50 million unborn babies since Roe vs. Wade in 1973.  We don’t feed them to the wolves but we do rip them limb by limb from the womb and flush their remains into the sewers of America.  We do this for the same reasons the ancient Romans did it.  We choose to murder them because we don’t want to be inconvenienced by them.  Infants are demanding.  They require lots of attention and they claim their own fraction of the family income.  The truth is often too horrendous to comprehend, but, selfish mothers who refuse to share their time and resources are often moved to murder their children.  It is a contract with the devil, the life of their children for the removal of inconvenience.

The Bible records the reconciliation of two feuding brothers.  Jacob was not at all comfortable about meeting his angry brother, Esau.  Setting aside the dynamics of their relationship, or lack thereof, let’s simply look at the question Esau asked Jacob, “Who are these with you?” referring to the passel of women and children following Jacob.  Jacob replied, “These are the children God has graciously given your servant.”  (Gen. 33:5)  Children are a gift of God.  Can you imagine the pain your loved one might feel if your birthday gift or Christmas gift were returned unopened?  We so often return to God his gifts to us, unopened, because we fear what might be within the wrappings.

There is a situational myth many apply when violating God’s 6th commandment.  They rationalize the murder of the unborn by creating a situation to justify the decision.  “I am still trying to work my way through college, I couldn’t possibly care for a baby.”  “The father doesn’t want anything to do with the baby.”  “I can’t bring a baby into this world by myself.”  “I am too poor, I don’t have enough money.  I am too young.  I’m just not ready for this.”  These are all unfortunate situations but none of them justify the murder of a child.  The Ten Commandments are absolutes truths that apply for all generations of all ages.  God’s command to obey them cannot be altered by our own rationalization, or discomfort or desire.  

24% of Americans make moral choices based on comfort. 1/3 believe in moral truths, 1/3 believe moral truths are based on situations and 1/3 choose not to believe that moral truth even exists. You must be thinking, “How did a Christian society get to this point?  Killing our children with no conscience or fear of repercussion?”    We got here by ignoring God’s word.  We tried to compromise the truth.  We redirected our minds from the absolute truth of God’s word and started chasing rabbits down trails that led to death and confusion.  It began with poor thinking.  “Be careful how you think, your life is shaped by your thoughts.” (Proverbs 4:23)  The way we think shapes the values we will embrace.  Our actions are our values on display.  Thinking leads to values and values determine behavior.  Blindness overcomes us when we demand to find truth in places truth cannot be found.  “If people can’t see what God is doing they stumble all over themselves:  But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.” (Proverbs 29:18, msg.)

Few Christians would argue the fact that Satan has declared all out war on the American family.  The family is being destroyed by divorce, alcoholism, drug and pornography addictions, abandonment, neglect, etc.  The focus of this paper is the destruction of the family and of human life through the evil of abortion.  What can a Christian do?  How can our churches be more proactive in addressing this destructive, Satanic process of murdering our innocents and destroying our families? 

Christians need to engage.  I love to see Christians standing firm in the battle against this evil.  They write articles, they preach sermons and they carry their placards in front of abortion clinics.  My prayer is that more Christians might experience the joy and blessing of saving a child from abortion through the process of adoption.  What the church must not do is to say no to abortion, or say no to homosexual adoption without providing an alternative.  Adoption clinics abound throughout the nation and they perform a wonderful service but they are also very profit conscience, I know, I adopted six years ago and I’m still paying.  I pray more churches would place adoption on their priority list.

We believe that the best, most stable family for a child to grow up in is a Christian family.  A family that lives by the principles taught in God’s word.  Christ defined pure and undefiled religion as this, “look after orphans and widows in their distress and….keep oneself unstained by the world.” (James 1:27)  Let us encourage our young pregnant mothers to see the actual life in her womb by viewing the sonogram.  Let’s find creative ways to help average families finds ways to afford adoption.  Let’s prepare meals, offer to do household chores and care for the other children of families embarking on the journey to adoption.

Let us pray.  Pray that the unborn life will be spared.  Pray that young women will choose to keep and mother their young.   If not, might they choose life for their children by allowing their young to be adopted by mothers who yearn deeply to nourish the innocent and helpless.

Kevin Probst - Teaches History, Government and Apologetics at the high school level in Columbus Georgia.

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