First Comes Love, Then Comes Adoption

Aaron Menikoff | March 22, 2017

Superman. Snow White. Harry Potter. Luke Skywalker. Princess Leia. Peter Pan.

Why do so many inspiring stories have orphans as main characters?

These stories tap into the innate feeling that this world is not our home. As C. S. Lewis wrote, “If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.”

This is why adoption is such a comforting doctrine. To be adopted is to realize you were made for another world—and for another person. You were made for God.

The church I pastor has a growing number of folks involved in foster care and adoption—including my wife and me. But our emphasis as a church is not on adopting others. Rather, it’s on reveling in a loving God who adopted us. And this love inspires us to serve in a number of practical ways, including orphan care.

Doctrine that Comforts

Adoption is a doctrine unique to Christianity. We can call God our Father. There is no such concept in Islam, for example. To be a father implies having a son. The existence of our eternal Father demands an eternal Son—forever in fellowship with each other. Adoption means…

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