Thursday, September 17, 2009

John Piper on Adoption and Race

Read this. John Piper and his wife adopted an African American child; these are his thoughts on racial harmony and the sanctity of life.


Christopher Ryan said...

Wow! What an AWESOME look at the truth behind adoption (both our adoption by God and the adoption of others of God's children by us!) I could not more profoundly agree with what this minister said! While it is a fact that your daughter will have an important cultural and racial history in Rwanda, the MOST important group to which she (and all of us) belong is the creation of God the Father in His image! What a wonderful opportunity you have to love and teach your daughter this truth! We're SO excited for you guys!

Margie said...

This is a hard comment to write, and I hope you'll hear in my voice that I'm trying to be as respectful as possible.

To frame my response: I'm the adoptive parent of two young adults, both Korean and now 20 and 18. I am a practicing Catholic who holds her faith dear and would like to see abortion end in my lifetime.

That said, I am deeply troubled when connections are drawn between the use of the word "adoption" in scripture, adoption as it is known to us, and adoption as the solution to abortion.

Adoption is a complicated set of relationships that break one family apart to create another. There is no small measure of pain in adoption, even when it is ethically done.

In the case of adoptions from developing countries in Africa and other continents, adoption's first purpose isn't to prevent abortion, it's the result of poverty. In other countries, social stigma may also play a role, as it does in Korea, where women are just now developing a voice and standing up for their right to parent their own children.

Stopping abortion will take a concerted effort on the part of humanity to step out of our polarized corners and to address the reasons unplanned pregnancies happen in the first place. Reducing the number of unplanned pregnancies is the starting point - not the belief that adoption is the silver bullet.

Again, I offer my point of view with respect.