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Our Birth Father has Fangs

This week I began reading a new book, Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches. It is written by Russell Moore. Here’s an except.

“Imagine for a moment that you’re adopting a child. As you meet with the social worker in the last stage of the process, you’re told that this twelve-year-old has been in and out of psychotherapy since he was three. He persists in burning things and attempting repeatedly to skin kittens alive….She continues with a little family history. This boy’s father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather all had histories of violence, ranging from spousal abuse to serial murder. Each of them ended life the same way, death by suicide – each found hanging from a rope of blankets in his respective prison cell.

Think for a minute. Would you want this child? If you did adopt him, wouldn’t you keep your eye on him as he played with your other children? Would you watch him nervously as he looks at the butcher knife on the kitchen table? Would you leave the room as he watched a movie on television with your daughter, with the lights out?

Well, he’s you. And he’s me. That’s what the gospel is telling us. Our birth father has fangs. And left to ourselves, we’ll show ourselves to be as serpentine as he is.” (p. 29)

In spite of this. In spite of who we are, God has still chose to adopt us into His family. What an amazing thought.

Other Posts from the Adopted for Life series:

  1. Our Birth Father Has Fangs
  2. Develop an Orphan-Protecting Culture
  3. All of Us Are Called to Remember the Fatherless
  4. Adoption and Communion
  5. Born into Death but Adopted for Life