I am currently reading a book at the moment entitled The Spirit of Adoption: Winning the battle for the children. It raises some important questions and recounts some crucial events in history, one of which is the famous American case of Roe vs Wade which legalized abortion in the first trimester of pregnancy and how Norma McCorvey, the plaintiff in that case became a pro-life activist after realising that Abortion wasn’t about ‘products of conception’. It wasn’t about ‘missed periods’. It was about children being killed in their mother’s wombs.
Another heart stopper was the author’s comparison of the underground rail road to Adoption. I was floored when reading the history about slavery and how at one point in America’s past an actual number was attached to the worth of slaves. The Three-Fifths Compromise pegged the value of a slave as a fraction of a person. How can history be filled with so much evil and yet we never learn. It’s as if many of our decisions are as a result of our minds being stuck on repeat.
But for the purposes of this article, I want to highlight a comment that doesn’t rebuke the pro-abortionists or those who long for the “glory days” when one group of people assigned value to another group on the basis of something as arbitrary as the colour of their skin. Today, I’m taking aim at the pro-lifers!
The important comment in this book was essentially this, If we are to change a culture that tends to accept a woman’s right to abort her baby, then we need to create a culture that promotes adoption. How can we as society in general and as the Church specifically, be against abortion, condemning moms who chose to kill their children, when we are not giving alternatives? How can I as a Christian, use God’s word to uphold the sanctity of life and defend conception as the moment life begins, and not be willing to take in the child that we say must not die?
If we say abortion should not happen, then we should say, If you can’t keep him/her, then I will! No credibility can come of the argument against abortion, if we don’t raise our hands to take in the children who are not aborted.
It is so easy to stand on the side lines proclaiming the Gospel, upholding the life of the unborn, whilst not being willing to offer anything more than our judgement and condemnation. If we are praying for these children to be set free, surely we need to consider providing them a home once they are free?
Adoption must not simply be seen as something done by those who can’t have kids or those who want to provide a family to those who don’t have one. Adoption needs to be embraced by the church as a prophetic action that seeks to call out life and destiny from the most vulnerable amongst us. Adoption is an act of spiritual warfare that seeks to draw a line and confer an identity on those who otherwise will remain nameless, hopeless and without a destiny. Isn’t that what God has done for us?