I have heard a lot of positive things being said about the book Adopted For Life by Dr. Russell Moore. So I thought I’d give it a read and post my thoughts about it chapter by chapter.
Dr. Russell Moore is dean of the School of Theology and senior vice president for academic administration at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also the preaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church. More importantly, he is a husband and father of 4 sons, two of which were adopted from Russia. You can find his website here and his twitter feed here. He recently submitted a resolution on “Adoption and Orphan Care” to the SBC which was passed this week. It is extremely well written.
In the first chapter Dr. Moore makes it clear that this book is not a how-to for adoption. Instead, it provides a theological and practical understanding of adoption. By this, I mean that adoption is a theological biblical term about our relationship to God. Believers in Jesus Christ have gone from sinful and forsaken to not only forgiven, but adopted as full sons and daughters of God. Yet adoption is also a practical act on this earth that provides a way to care for those who have no family.
In the first chapter, Dr. Moore points out who he is writing this book to. The answer: all types of people. Those that are thinking about adoption, those that aren’t. Those that have adopted, those that are in the process. Those that are huge advocates for adoption, and those that haven’t given it one thought (except as an alternative during a pro-life discussion).
The book is for all types of people because at it’s core the book is about Jesus. The more we grow in our understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the greater we will understand the need to care for orphans. The more we care for orphans and become “adoption-friendly”, the more we will be able to understand the gospel of Jesus Christ. They work hand in hand.
Jesus cares for the “least of these” and so should we. Therefore, we all should have some involvement in caring for orphans, because Jesus does.
The book looks to be really good. So stay tuned.
Favorite Quotes from Chapter 1:
– “The gospel of Jesus Christ means our families and churches ought to be at the forefront of the adoption of orphans close to home and around the world. As we become more attuned to the gospel, we’ll have more of a burden for orphans. As we become more adoption-friendly, we’ll be better able to understand the gospel.” (p. 18)
– “I want to ask what it would mean if our churches and families were known as the people who adopt babies – and toddlers, and children, and teenagers. What if we as Christians were known, once again, as the people who take in orphans and make of them beloved sons and daughters?” (p. 20)
– “All of us have a stake in the adoption issue, because Jesus does.” (p. 20)
– On prior understanding of adoption “I wasn’t evil – or, at least, I wasn’t any more evil on this score than any other redeemed sinner – but I was as theologically and spiritually vacuous as the television ‘prosperity gospel’ preachers I made fun of with my theologically sophisticated friends.” (p. 22)