Adoption in Reality

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.

Read the whole piece here.

  • Lynn

    Excellent article. However I’m a bit confused you chose to quote the opening paragraphs which the author ultimately (and correctly) turns on its head. As the author affirms, the concept of theological adoption is an entirely different issue from human adoption, and conflating the two is disrespectful of adoptees and biological parents.


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