Here is the second part to my interview with author, Randy Alcorn. Read Part 1 here.
Jason: How do you think being pro-adoption can strengthen the pro-life movement?
Randy: I think every time you see people who are pro-adoption it conveys a sense of the value of human life. It also conveys a sense of meeting the needs of the truly needy. Scripture has this emphasis on widows and orphans, and adoption is about opening your home to the most needy of those. Widows are very needy certainly, but at least you could argue that many widows have certain resources and certain abilities to take care of themselves. I don’t minimize our responsibility to a widow of course. What I’m saying is that the orphans are even more needy. For an orphan to be physically without a father and ultimately without a mother is really an unthinkable place for a child to be. A child by definition needs a home, and the younger the child, the more it’s true. Look at the street children of the world. You’re familiar with Action International aren’t you?
Randy: The reason I was mentioning Doug is because Action does so much with street children. If you think about street children in South America, and South East Asia, and around the world, there is a picture of the horror of what happens when adoption doesn’t take place. That’s one way of looking at it. If you want to see what a world without adoption would look like, you can see it by going onto city streets and seeing homeless children—abandoned, surviving on their own, gangs, theft, child prostitution, exploitation at every level. What happens when adoption isn’t there is a horror movie. Now, that’s all looking at the negative alternative to adoption without even saying anything positive about adoption itself. There is an endless amount of positive we could say about adoption itself in terms of the investment of love into the life of a child. I think it’s pretty startling to look at the negative side of it and say that’s what adoption prevents, that’s what adoption avoids, in addition to the many direct blessings it actually brings. Jason: Would you agree that Christians can’t be pro-life and not have an active concern for, let’s say, orphans, not just adoption, but orphans? Randy: Well yes, and I would even go so far as to argue that not only can you not be pro-life unless there is some real concern for orphans, but I don’t think you can be a Christian without some significant concern for orphans because you would not be bearing the fruit. You will know them by their fruit, indicates the saving presence of God and His indwelling Holy Spirit in your life. Of course, there is going to be a variety of levels of consistency in terms of where you are in living out the full implications of what it means to be a Christian. To not care about an abandoned child is to demonstrate, I think, that you don’t know God. It demonstrates that you are utterly inconsistent with the pro-life implications of what it means to be a Christian. Of course, it is not simply to be a Christian, it is to be one of God’s children even in the Old Covenant sense. Even prior to the incarnation and atonement of Christ, woven into these Old Covenant passages repeatedly, everything from the gleaning and not harvesting the corners of the fields, the poor tithe, all of the different ways of expressing concern for widows and orphans and the needy, those are built into the fabric of what it means to be a follower of God.