This past week there was a post on Facebook touting the horror of two gay men adopting a little girl and asking all Christians to pray against all those who would allow such a thing, then Like and Share their post so others could do the same. My comment was a bit terse.
After having spent six weeks in Mozambique during the past Oct and November … at a ministry that takes care of several thousand orphans (at numerous locations), I have to say that many of our “Christian” ideologies do not accurately reflect Kingdom principles at all; taking care of and nurturing orphans (of any age), regardless of who does it, does. America is just as much of a throw away nation as any other when it comes to children, and the favor of God is singularly toward those who choose to care for windows and orphans. Scripture abounds with verses that reinforce His heart in the matter. And to give testimony to it, I personally do not know of a single ministry that is honestly caring for orphans (rather than trying to make a living off of them) that is doing poorly financially, and in all our travels this past year, we’ve been introduced to quite a few.
As a Christian you may not like the fact that gays and lesbians have been given legal rights to adopt a child, not only because of Biblical warnings against homosexuality, but it is also hard to imagine that a child will be able to grow up with an appropriately healthy image of its own sexuality in such an environment. I have no statistical information on how long such relationships last, but they can’t be much worse than they are with heterosexual couples these days.
The needs of a child are very simple; stability and love. Orphans get this in many institutional settings, but only in small doses, so small in fact that most children raised in an orphanage do not fare well when, due to age, they are released to fend for themselves. A family setting provides the best nurture and the best chances for personal success because it tends to develop a child’s personal identity, which generally equates to much better chances for social success. Gays and lesbians can at least provide that element to children simply because they choose to love them.
So the next time you are asked to weigh in on this issue, try to do so with your heart, not your religious head, because your heart is much more apt to look for the application of love than it is for the rule of law in accord with Biblical principle.