A friend from Iowa State shared an article with me. An article written by Russell Moore, the guy I mention here.
Amidst a bit of homesickness and stress, it was the perfect reminder of the basic principles surrounding the Church and orphans and our call. The same principles that led me to a small orphanage in Taiwan.
A few quotes, but read it all here, please.
Adoption is, on one hand, gospel. Our identity and inheritance are grounded in our adoption in Christ. Adoption is also mission. In this, our adoption spurs us to join Christ in advocating for the poor, the marginalized, the abandoned, and the fatherless.
I was at first reluctant to adopt, because I assumed an adopted child would always be more distant than a child “of my own.” I was wrong. And I should have known better. After all, there are no “adopted children” of God, as an ongoing category. Adoption tells us how we came into the family of God. And once we are here, no distinction is drawn between those at the dinner table.
In saying that orphan care is missional, I do not mean that every Christian is called to adopt or foster a child. But every Christian is called to care for orphans.