Oh bother. I feel one of "those" posts coming on. All the signs are there. In the past two days several things have come into my view that have made me feel sick to my stomach at the phrase "Christian Adoption Movement." First my dear friend posts on her blog about how she's pretty much given up hope for ethical adoptions, and much of her frustration lies with we Christians who are "called" to adopt but then demand babies as young as possible. That is followed by a post on another blog in rebuttal to the Orphan Summit that occurred at Saddleback Church last weekend. I didn't want to agree with it! I didn't want to agree with it! And then I did (or at least, most of it). Then today it was the triple-whammy. A fellow Christian had to whip out the "rescue/save" terminology. Okay, I can stay calm. Ignorance happens. Education rules. But no. Privately this person very much defended their position. Not only will they rescue 3 orphans, but they will also rescue them in order to share the gospel of Christ with these children! I can think of about 10,000 better ways to fulfill the Great Commission.
So I'm sitting here with this huge knot in my stomach because I know there are layers upon layers of words that need to be let out of my system. But this is a HUGE and controversial topic. And I don't want to hurt the feelings of any of my friends out there. Right now I just feel ANGRY that Christians are leading a huge and powerful movement that I feel is in some ways totally off base with reality. There is a part of me that feels like I'm betraying my own people for saying that, and yet I feel deeply that what I'm saying is true. This is such a powerful movement and it could do so much good. I just wish the message was a little different!
I'll stop there, for tonight. I'll leave you with THIS, an article by my former pastor Craig. It's nothing to do with this topic, but in some way it speaks to me about it. The point of the article is that we are adding something to Christ to create RELIGION. Christ + Something = Religion. Christ + Nothing = Relationship. I feel like *sometimes* the message in the Christian Adoption Movement gets muffled and we start implying that there are words in the Bible that just aren't there--namely that God/Christ SAID to adopt Children. Okay, really stopping now. Need your prayers. Really feeling physically sick over this.