As we see adoption in the New Testament, it is a beautiful picture of how an undesirable child, left parentless, struggling in this world with hopes of going no where, filthy and alone, is embraced into the loving arms of a daddy who chooses the child not based on age, ethnicity, medical background, attractiveness, emotional susceptibility, or personal financial demands, but out of a pure love that surpasses and overcomes all of these worldly issues. It is an adoption that requires no government approval or bribes, is bound by no laws and needs no agency or experts to make official. It is instantaneous, and immediately the Father goes with the child wherever he goes; no interviews, no visa applications, fingerprints, or fees needed.
God has given us a literal, tangable adoption to be a testimony and symbol of His adoption of us. Our world has turned adoption into a sticky, dishonest, unjust mess. People shop for their children and many agencies “pay off” families to give up their children for a “better life”. Orphanages that are understaffed and neglectful charge agencies up to $20,000 for a child they may have cared for no longer than a few months, or even not at all. Government officials disregard a child’s best interest for the sake of their pockets, denying orphans a safe home to qualified parents. First world governments make laws and regulations to counteract the third world governments corruption, only to make adoption even more difficult for those willing to care for an orphan. Children grow up confined in four walls while thousands of families wait months…years…a lifetime…to be able to care for the least of these. Many honest couples who are seeking adoption are the victims of child trafficking, bribes, and corruption that they may never be aware of, even after the child is grown. Where is the justice in this lost, selfish, dark world…we are facing a war of this world.
As followers of Christ, it is a biblical mandate that we care for orphans. Maybe we do not do this by means of adoption, but by means of supporting causes, sponsoring children, working among them, fostering, advocating, the list goes on…
How then, can our best efforts to do what God has called us to do be thwarted by evil? This is a question I struggle with as our own adoption, which seemed to have started out on a smooth road, has turned into a nasty battle with the enemy.
I have no doubt, and will never have a doubt, that the two brothers we are in pursuit of adopting (legally, although in our hearts they are already our children), were placed on our heart by God. I do not typically have “Holy Spirit” moments or revelations, but regarding these boys, we will always believe it was a direct command to us by God himself. In my ignorance of the world at this time, I assumed the road would be easy. The path would be made straight and boulders would be moved aside. Instead, the road has been bumpy. There have been road blocks and boulders falling off cliffs out of nowhere. Satan is at work.
We know more about governments, hidden communism in supposed “democratic” societies, corruption, bribes, the “real” adoption process, and evil than we ever cared to know. American adoption agencies we have been in contact with personally have been shut down and people arrested for buying and selling children. Lawyers we have talked to say the only way to get anything done in this country is to pay a bribe. People in charge of placing children have disregard for the children’s best interest and withhold documentation and letters of approval just for the sake of their own ego and wallets. People who fear their job more than they fear God, refuse to stand up to those who are corrupt. And now the office who placed our children in our home to foster, are threatening to take them away because their jobs are on the line for allowing a foreigner to foster. The people in charge of placing children drag their feet to help us, delaying processes and making the whole adoption more difficult.
I read in Psalms 19: “There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.”
In Psalm 20: “May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans!”
“May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!”
“Some trust in chariots and some in horse, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.”
And in Psalm 21…”Though they plan evil against you, though they devise mischief, they will not succeed. For you will put them to flight; you will aim at their faces with your bows. Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power.”
I do not understand the evils in the world, nor the battles we must face. I do not understand when we are seemingly defeated in our cause, making our hearts ache. But I do know that the Father hears our petitions…always, and until His plan comes to fruition, we must wait to show the world the faces of our children.
We trust in a God who is bigger than the evil in this world. Our enemies will be dealt with justly, if not now, then in the life to come. The needy and the poor of this world already have a Father, who is much more qualified and sufficient than anyone else could be as a parent. Although governments may make it impossible for a child to have family in this world, He has the power to adopt them Himself, overcoming the corruption. He is already victorious. The picture is larger than our small family. And when we are standing before the throne, we will reap and rejoice of His victories as one united family.