This week I want to take a break from the biographies and turn your attention to this excellent interview by Pastor and professor Russell Moore on adoption. Russell Moore is the dean of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY and one of Chris and I's favorite speakers and preachers. He recently wrote a book called Adopted For Life and Justin Taylor (no relation of ours) interviews him about his book.
I think you will find this interview both informational and moving, whether or not you are adopted, have adopted children or even considered it. Many of our close friends from church as well as extended family members on Chris' side have adopted so this issue is important to us.
In the beginning of the interview, Dr. Moore describes walking into the orphanage in Russia which was lined with cribs filled with children and hearing total silence. The children had learned that no one ever came when they cried, so they no longer tried any longer. He and his wife were able to spend an hour each day with their two one-year-old boys for about a week before they were able to take them home. On the very last day before the boys would become theirs, Dr. Moore laid his hands on the boys and blessed them. He told them that he would not leave them as orphans, but that he would come back for them and bring them home soon. As he started to leave, one of the boys cried out to him. This was an exceptionally moving moment for Dr. Moore and his wife as they understood this to mean that his boy's crying to him meant that he had identified with him as a father figure--someone who he could cry to. Dr. Moore's says it was at that moment that he understand the scripture that says:
"You have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!" (Rom 8:15)
This is just one example of how he uses illustrations from adoption to explain spiritual realities. Hearing the interview will make you want to read the book.
Along those lines, Moore just wrote a post called Orphan Care and the Great Commission Resurgence about how the Southern Baptist Convention has adopted Moore's resolution to encourage churches and families to take care of the orphan.