This post was originally written for my church’s blog and is intended for a Christian audience but I think it can speak to anyone who has a heart for the oppressed.
Recently, my husband and I announced that we are planning to adopt a child. This is something that we feel called to do. It’s something that we and many others are doing to bring the Kingdom of God down here to earth. Interestingly, not all people see it that way.
In fact, we’ve received a lot of opposition regarding this decision. Some of the opposition has been quite overt (read: rude) and some has been more subtle. It seems that the idea of adoption just makes a lot of people uncomfortable.
I expected an outpour of encouragement and we have received that. I also knew that we’d receive some sprinklings of negativity. That most certainly came as well. Yet, even though I knew opposition was coming, it was still hard to hear. It’s tough to feel passionate about something while others attack it.
Then, today I had an epiphany… There IS something about adoption that is horrible. There’s a reason that it gives us all a heavy feeling in our hearts. It’s this: Adoption is not the way it was meant to be. God never intended for children to be abandoned. This is a dark, painful part of our broken world.
I wonder if that uncomfortable feeling that people get surrounding adoption is not because they’re actually opposed to adoption itself, but something stirs within their hearts saying, “This isn’t how it was supposed to be.” Adoption is just another reminder of the looming darkness that surrounds us. Adoption is the best solution we have to repair what has already been broken.
We need to embrace the tools that God has given us to redeem the brokenness of this world, even though it’s uncomfortable. Adoption isn’t the only cause that applies here. We are all called to serve “the least of these.” (Matt 25:34-40) That’s going to require us to come face to face with ugliness. Our hearts will be broken just as His is.
God gives us the tools we need to bring redemption to brokenness. It may not mean reversing the damage, but God wants us to bring his message of hope to those who are suffering. We need to enter into those dark places with confidence. God is bigger than darkness. We can be confident that one day God will overcome all of the evil of this world and bring healing to the wounded.
What brokenness makes you uncomfortable? Is it homelessness? Drug abuse? Human trafficking? Is there a certain area of suffering that you feel called to bring God’s message of hope but it scares you to face it? It’s important for us to recognize why we feel uncomfortable and to bring those feelings to God. He can help us to overcome them so that they don’t discourage God’s work. Whether it be the work we are called to or the work of others.
Praise God that we have nothing to fear! He has overcome the sin of the world and darkness cannot defeat Him. He is powerful and does not tolerate evil. Neither should we. We are given his Spirit that we might be his ministers of reconciliation. Let’s not let our fear or our sadness or our discomfort get in the way of what we were meant to do.