Over at The Curator, Geoffrey Sheehy wrote about what his family learned about the theological metaphor of adoption . . . through adoption itself.
I teared up in part because the sentiment echoed the reasoning I’d been using to explain why my wife and I were looking to adopt, reasoning I’d also acquired with a reading of Russell Moore’s Adopted for Life. The sentiment is sincere, touching and simple: Christians are adopted into God’s family, so they should identify with (and champion) adoption. In this way, adoption is a mirror of a Christian’s own faith journey.
My wife and I chose to adopt after having three biological children. As Christians, we were looking to the Bible for insight into the process, and as we did so, I was surprised by how frequently I saw references to adoption in the Bible—it was like looking to buy a Camry and realizing suddenly that half the cars on the road were Camrys but I had never noticed. And this metaphor of God adopting believers was a central piece of what I noticed anew.