God, the Gospel, and the Global Cause of Christ: Reflections on Adoption

Powerful post by David Gunderson that gets at the heart of adoption. This is a beautiful description of why we do Together for Adoption conferences. This is what it is about. Read the whole thing here.

With international adoption, there’s another element at play.  God loves diversity, and we love diversity with Him.  Unity in the midst of diversity is beautiful because it displays the singular glory of the one who binds the diversity together.  Jesus Christ is praised in the book of Revelation because, as the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders cry out, “You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9).  God’s family is colorful, because God is creative and because the bond of Christ is strong.  This is magnificent to us, and for as long as I can remember I’ve wanted our family to mirror this every-tribe-tongue-people-nation diversity.  The loveliest family in all the universe is God’s, and its loveliness is well worth reflecting.

Finally, a word about adoption and the global cause of Christ.  Missions means spreading the name of Jesus Christ to every nook and cranny of every people group on the planet by crossing cultures and languages and geographical boundaries to reach them, whether they be urban socialites or desert nomads or tribal villagers.  International adoption means spreading the name of Jesus Christ into the hearts and lives of every people group on the planet by crossing cultures and languages and ethnic barriers to bring the smallest and neediest of the world’s population into our homes, making them part of our families, and investing the gospel into their lives from the backyard to the dinner table to the bedside.  Adoption and the global Christian mission are inseparable.

This is why, at the end of it all, we want to bring the children of the nations into our family.  Not so that they can grow up and live the American Dream, but so that by God’s grace they can grow up and walk the narrow road.  Running water, medical care, and a sound education are precious and valuable things.  But seeing the glory of Christ, hearing the good news of salvation, finding reconciliation with God, and walking in a manner worthy of the incarnate Savior of the world is infinitely more precious.

And so we seek to adopt — as those who have been freely adopted ourselves into a beautifully diverse family unified in the death, burial, and resurrected reign of Jesus Christ; as those who have been called to the outreaching of global missions and the inbringing of Christian adoption; and as those whose hearts long not for the security and comfort of the American Dream but for radical lives of incarnational love.

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